basketball-women-d1 flag

Amna Subhan| | March 3, 2023

Washington State upsets No. 3 Utah in the Pac-12 women's basketball tournament quarterfinals

Utah's historic win shakes up this week's Power 10 rankings

Last season, Utah bested Washington State in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals. This time around the Cougars turned the tables. 

As a No. 7 seed, Washington State sent second-seeded Utah home early defeating the Utes 66-58. 

A double-digit trio of Bella Murekatete (19), Charlisse Leger-Walker (15) and Ula Motuga (13) led the Cougars in scoring. 

WSU was superb from beyond the arc shooting 47% including a dagger 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to make it a two-possession game with 10 seconds left. 

MARCH MADNESS: 5 possible first-timers at the Big Dance

Both teams held the lead for about 17 minutes each. The back-and-forth game saw seven ties and nine lead changes. That was until the Cougars exploded with a 14-0 run bridging the end of the third and the beginning of the final quarter. 

Utes leading scorer Alissa Pili scored just 11 points on 3 of 14 shooting and 0 of 4 from three-point land. Gianna Kneepkens paced the Utes with 18 points including seven fourth-quarter points to try to eclipse the Cougars' 14-point deficit. 

The upset loss follows a series of program highs. Utah ranked fourth in the NCAA DI Women's Basketball Committee rankings placing the Utes as a possible No. 1 seed. Then the Utes claimed a share of the Pac-12 regular season title for the first time in history by taking down Stanford. And it finished off with a No. 3 rank in the AP poll โ€” the highest mark of the season for Utah. 

TOP 16: Breaking down the final committee rankings 

Now, Utah awaits its seeding fate on Selection Sunday. Meanwhile, Washington State all but solidified its position in the NCAA tournament bracket. 

The Cougars advance to their first conference tournament semifinals since 2014 and will face the winner of the Oregon State-Colorado game tomorrow. 


2023 March Madness: Women's NCAA tournament schedule, scores, TV info

No. 2 Iowa and No. 3 LSU will play for the 2023 NCAA championship at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday, April 2, on ABC.

The keys to South Carolina basketball's dominant defense

Undefeated South Carolina is back in the Final Four chasing its second consecutive title with a switching defense that forces opponents into bad shots.

Ashland vs. Minnesota Duluth: How to watch, preview and prediction

A preview and prediction for the 2023 DII women's basketball championship game from's Wayne Cavadi, who had Ashland and Minnesota Duluth in the finals before the tournament started.

Streaming Live Now

Presented by

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from and our partners