Two big performances in McKale Center last weekend had a big effect on the national view of Arizona women’s basketball, even if they resulted in a home split. A one-point loss to No. 5 Colorado followed by a one-point win over then-No. 15 Utah has both the pollsters and the bracketologists looking towards Tucson again.
The Wildcats picked up votes in both the Associated Press and the WBCA/USA Today polls for the first time since November. They appeared on both polls ORV lists again this week, picking up eight points from the media and two from the coaches.
UA appeared among the teams receiving votes in the first two AP polls of the season but only had one vote in each poll. The team last received votes from the coaches on Nov. 28. The coaches awarded them between a high of 33 in the preseason poll and a low of 13 before finally dropping them.
The polls aren’t the biggest concern, though. What the ‘Cats are really striving for is the postseason. Charlie Creme of ESPN is again projecting them in the field as of this week.
Arizona joins California in the last four in according to Creme. They would be two of the nine Pac-12 squads in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament if the projections hold.
According to Creme’s predictions, Arizona would play future Big 12 foe Iowa State in the First Four. The winner of that game would advance to face Notre Dame in Baton Rouge, LA, where defending national champion LSU is projected as the No. 3 seed.
The Wildcats have a chance to improve their resume when they visit the Oregon schools this weekend. The biggest opportunity comes at Oregon State. The Beavers are also receiving votes in the polls and have a NET of 21.