The Santa Clara men's and women's basketball teams will open play Thursday in the West Coast Conference tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

The event runs through March 11 with championship games that will determine the conference's automatic bids to the NCAA tournament.

Gonzaga is the top seed in the men's and women's brackets.

Seeded No. 7, the Santa Clara women (10-19) open the tournament Thursday at noon against No. 10 Pepperdine (5-24). No. 8 USF (11-18) faces No. 9 Loyola Marymount (9-20) at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The ninth-seeded Santa Clara men (13-18) face No. 8 Pacific (15-14) at approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The women's quarterfinals are held Friday, with No. 4 Saint Mary's (21-8) facing No. 5 San Diego (22-8) approximately 8:30 p.m.

In men's quarterfinal play Saturday, No. 3 USF (20-10) takes on No. 6 San Diego (16-6) at noon, with No. 4 Saint Mary's (21-10) facing No. 5 Pepperdine (15-15) at approximately 8:30 p.m.

After an off day Sunday, the men's and women's semifinals will be held Monday. Tuesday's championship games are set for 1 p.m. for the women and 6 p.m. for the men.

Pac-12 women's tournament: Stanford, seeded No. 1 in the Pac-12 tournament for the 13th consecutive year, will begin defense of its championship Friday at Seattle's KeyArena.

The fifth-ranked Cardinal (28-2, 17-1) has won the past seven Pac-12 tournament titles.

The top four seeds earn first-round byes, so Stanford will play in Friday's noon quarterfinal game against either UCLA (13-17) or Colorado (16-13).

No. 2 seed Cal (21-8, 13-5) plays Friday at 6 p.m. against either Washington State (15-15) or Oregon (15-14).

Semifinal games will be held Saturday at 6 and 8:30 p.m., with the championship set for Sunday at 6 p.m. The winner earns the Pac-12's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Men

Villanova 73, Marquette 56: Darrun Hilliard scored a career-high 26 points and the No. 8 Wildcats (26-3, 14-2 Big East) set a school record for regular-season wins by beating the Golden Eagles (17-12, 9-7).

Wisconsin 71, Penn State 66: Josh Gasser scored 15 points to lead a balanced offense and the 14th-ranked Badgers (24-5, 11-5 Big Ten) beat the Nittany Lions (14-15, 5-11) for their seventh straight victory.

Women

Notre Dame 84, N.C. State 60: Natalie Achonwa scored 19 points and the No. 2 Fighting Irish (29-0, 16-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) polished off a perfect regular season by beating the No. 13 Wolfpack (24-6, 11-5).

North Carolina 64, Duke 60: Diamond DeShields scored 18 points and fellow freshman Allisha Gray scored all 12 of her points after halftime to help the No. 14 Tar Heels (22-8, 10-6 ACC) beat the No. 7 Blue Devils (25-5, 12-4) in the teams' regular-season finale.

  • North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell attended the game and said she's scheduled to start what she hopes is her final chemotherapy treatment for leukemia this week and that "there's a chance" she could return for the NCAA tournament.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.