Pacific Women’s Basketball Announces 2010-11 Schedule
Sixteen home games, 14 games against California rivals, a trip to Las Vegas and a visit from the defending national champions highlight the 2010-2011 University of the Pacific womens basketball schedule, which was announced Tuesday by head coach Lynne Roberts. The Tigers will take on Rutgers and either UNLV and Oregon State at the UNLV Hyatt Place Rebel Round-Up in Las Vegas and play host to the likely No. 1 team in the nation, Connecticut Huskies, on Dec. 28 at the Alex G. Spanos Center before a full slate of Big West Conference games.
We are really excited about our 2010-2011 schedule, Roberts said. Its a great mix of regional rivalries as well as some national powers. Obviously, the schedules highlight is on December 28th when we host the University of Connecticut. We also get the opportunity to face another Big East and storied program when we take on Rutgers in the first round of the UNLV Hyatt Place Rebel Round-Up in Las Vegas. On December 1, we host NCAA Tournament and WAC Champions Fresno State, as well as taking on other California rivals Saint Marys, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Sacramento State, and San Jose State in non-conference play.
The Tigers open the season with a pair of exhibition games at the Spanos Center, facing Simpson on Monday, Nov. 1, and Cal State East Bay on Sunday, Nov. 7.
The regular season opens Friday, Nov. 12 against rival Sacramento State, at the Spanos Center, the first of three-straight home games. The contest with the Hornets will be followed by home dates vs San Diego State (Monday, Nov. 15) and San Jose State (Fri., Nov. 19).
The Tigers take to the road for a meeting at Southern Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 23 in Cedar City, followed by the trip to Las Vegas. On Friday, Nov. 26, the Tigers meet Big East foe Rutgers in the first round of the UNLV Hyatt Place Rebel Round-Up. The consolation and championship games will be the following day, with Pacific taking on either Oregon State or host UNLV.
As the calendar turns to December, the Tigers return to the Spanos Center to face Fresno State on Wednesday, Dec. 1. before a three-game road swing against opponents from the West Coast Conference. Pacific visits Saint Marys (Sun., Dec. 5), San Francisco (Sat., Dec. 11) and Santa Clara (Thu., Dec. 16) before playing host to WCC foe Portland on Dec. 18. Just before breaking for Christmas, the Tigers vis Bozeman, Montana, to square off with Montana State on Dec. 22.
Defending NCAA champion Connecticut, which has won 78 consecutive games and back-to-back national championships, visits the Spanos Center on Tuesday, December 28.
Were hoping the community really gets behind the game, Roberts said. We plan on packing the Spanos Center to the rafters for this fantastic opportunity against a team which has established themselves the past 2 years as the best team in the history of collegiate womens basketball.
This years non-conference schedule is certainly tough, Roberts continued. But I am sincerely looking forward to seeing our young and talented group step up to these challenges. I know that this team is ready for a schedule like this and it will absolutely prepare us for the Big West Conference season come January. Our group of returning players is finally getting healthy and we have a really solid group on newcomers who should help us make the leap to the next level.
The Big West slate begins on New Years Eve, as Pacific hosts Cal State Northridge, followed by a Jan. 2 game at home against Cal State Fullerton. The second week of Big West place pits the Tigers at Cal Poly (Jan. 6) and UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 8)
The Tigers return home to meet Long Beach State on Jan. 15, and then host UC Davis (Jan. 22) before a road trip south to face Long Beach State (Jan. 27) and UC Riverside (Jan. 29).
In February, Pacific welcomes UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 3) and Cal Poly (Feb. 5) to the Spanos Center before a three-game stretch of road games at UC Davis (Feb. 9), UC Irvine (Feb. 17) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 17).
After a home game against UC Irvine on Feb. 24, the Tigers wrap their home schedule against UC Riverside on Feb. 26. The final Big West game of the regular season will be at Cal State Northridge on Mar. 5.
This years Big West Tournament will begin on campus sites for the quarterfinal round on Mar. 8, with the semifinals and finals taking place at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Mar. 11 and 12.
The Tigers return 10 players from last years squad, including three starters. Pacifics top four scorers from last season, junior forward Christina Thompson, sophomore guard Erica McKenzie, junior guard Eliza Dy, and senior guard Jennifer Fath, all return, as does senior guard Claire McLeod.