What’s next: Women’s Basketball heads to NCAA Tournament after historic win for second year in a row

By Kate Cuadrado | March 14, 2024 5:08pm
Photo courtesy of University of Portland Athletics

As the clock hit zero, the Pilot House erupted in cheers and applause: The women’s basketball team has won the 2024 West Coast Conference (WCC) Women's Basketball Championship. In a score of 66 to 67, the women’s team beat Gonzaga University and advanced to the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Tournament. 

This comes after last year’s win, marking the first back-to-back win in UP Women’s Basketball program history. 

Members of the UP community celebrate in the Pilot House as the women's basketball team wins the WCC Championship
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So what’s next for our women’s basketball team? Answer: March Madness. 

The NCAA tournament, colloquially known as March Madness, puts 68 collegiate basketball teams against each other in a bracket-style competition. This year, Selection Sunday, which tells the Pilots who they will start out playing against, takes place on March 17 at 5 p.m.

The games themselves will be played March 29 through April 1 at the MVP Arena in Albany, New York and the Moda Center in UP’s own backyard. 

“The win was awesome, just watching the team respond to a little bit of adversity at the ”

“It felt like they had a great tournament overall,” Head Women’s Basketball Coach Michael Meek said. “My favorite moment is when we have the opportunity, just watching the team celebrate, it’s really, really cool.” 

Kate Cuadrado is the Editor-in-Chief for The Beacon. She can be reached at cuadrado24@up.edu.