Ninth-seeded Washington State is eliminated on the first day of the Pac-12 men’s basketball conference tournament for the fifth straight year. California, seeded eighth in the tournament, will next face top-seeded Arizona on Thursday.
The third-seeded Cardinal, the lower seed in a game for the first time ever at the conference tournament, knocked off No. 2-seed Arizona State 59-56 in a frenetic finish in the first semifinal game Saturday night at KeyArena.
Washington State’s bubble burst at the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament with a 67-48 quarterfinal defeat against ninth-ranked Arizona State on Friday afternoon at KeyArena. But the Cougars (17-14) still hope to nab a postseason berth.
Washington State junior guard Lia Galdeira scored a career-high 34 points to rescue the seventh-seeded Cougars in a 66-64 victory over 10th-seeded Oregon in the opening game of the Pac-12 Conference women’s basketball tournament at KeyArena on Thursday.