Outgoing Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is very proud to be in San Antonio to celebrate the first NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship since 1992.
As Stanford fought for the Arizona national title on Sunday night, the conference is guaranteed to be its first champion since Hall of Fame coach Tara Van Derver և Cardinal won it all in 1992.
“I think this is a very exciting moment for our league, which has seen an increase in Pac-12 women’s basketball over the last decade,” Scott told The Associated Press. “Last year was a special year because we had a very special team in Oregon. The conference went much deeper. “
Scott’s success in increasing the coverage of the Pac-12 network contributed to the growth of the conference, which resulted in six different schools reaching the final quarter since 2013. He said the league had played five games a year on television, without networking or streaming.
“We’ve had more than 100 online games every year since 2012,” Scott said. “It’s an investment և a priority. Our coaches will not hesitate to tell you that national influence և recognition is very important for recruitment. No league has more TV coverage than Pac-12. ”
VanDerveer agrees. He said that before the net, the league still had great teams, but many did not see them. This led to fewer concessions in the NCAA Tournament.
“The rest of the country was able to see our teams, see our players, see our games,” said Van Derver. “And I think that’s a rating of Larry Scott at PAC 12, which we’re really glad to have on TV.”
The end of the bubble
Stanford has been more involved with COVID during the basketball season than any other women’s team this season, which will eventually end after Sunday night’s national championship game.
Sophomore striker Asthten Prechtel has a number of things he wants to do first, beyond the restrictions required to end the season during a coronavirus epidemic.
“The main thing is that I will be able to go home for a while, which will be good to see my family,” said Prechtel.
In late November, the Santa Clara County approved the COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols, which prohibit internships and competitions. So the cardinal set off, spending almost 10 weeks away from the university. Freshman Cameron Brink said he felt it was an advantage for Stanford in the San Antonio bubble.
“We kind of knew he was staying at the hotel for weeks,” Brink said.
Still, it’s a very long season with a lot of isolation and restrictions.
“I just want to hug my parents with my grandparents. I can’t wait to support my family. I’m excited about that,” Brink said. “But so much time has passed, so I just miss my family.”
PELLETON IS WAITING
Arizona coach Adia Barnes gets great advice from Tara VanDerveer, a Stanford veteran coach who works to support women’s women’s basketball at Pac-12.
Barnes gave back a hint, although the sequel will have to wait until this off-season.
“He’s the one who talked to me about buying a Peloton bike. “I use it not as much as he obviously does, but I try,” Barnes said. “That is the goal in the off-season.”
Not only was Barnes busy coaching the Wildcats in the first game of their national championship, but last September she gave birth to her second child, a daughter.
AP Basket writer Doug Feinberg contributed to this report.
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