Pacific Women's Basketball Announces 2012-13 Schedule
Head coach Lynne Roberts announced the University of the Pacific women's basketball schedule Thursday, featuring 13 games against teams that made the post season last year. Pacific will play 23 games against California rivals, including Stanford, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, Fresno State and eight Big West opponents.
The Tigers will play five games against 2012 NCAA Tournament teams, including Pac-12 champion Stanford, Florida of the SEC, WAC champion Fresno State and Big West tournament winner UC Santa Barbara. Pacific also has seven games against WNIT participants.
Last season, the Tigers advanced to the second round of the WNIT, topping Arizona State at home before finishing at 18-14 overall.
Pacific's last season in the Big West will feature an 18-game conference slate, as Hawaii joins the BWC for this season. The Tigers will also face three members of their future conference, taking on Saint Mary's, Santa Clara and San Francisco of the WCC.
"I like our schedule. It's tough, but it's a schedule we can be competitive in," Roberts said. " We have the natural local rivalries with Santa Clara, Saint Mary's and San Francisco, our future West Coast Conference opponents; we continue the Fresno rivalry, then play Stanford, and of course, Davis."
After a home exhibition against Cal State East Bay (Nov. 4), the Tigers open the regular season on the road at Seattle (Nov. 9) and Eastern Washington (Nov. 11). Seattle participated in last season's Women's Basketball Invitational post-season tournament.
"I really like how our schedule is laid out," Roberts added. "We start at Seattle and Eastern Washington, and both those teams had very good seasons last year. Then we have a good stretch at home, including Fresno State and Santa Clara."
Following the trip to Washington, Pacific plays host to Nevada (Nov. 15), Santa Clara (Nov. 20), Fordham of the Atlantic 10 Conference (Nov. 23) and Fresno State (Nov. 28) as part of a four-game home stand.
The Tigers then visit San Jose State (Dec. 3) before returning a trip to Florida (Dec. 7). Last season, Pacific welcomed the Gators to the Spanos Center and upended the NCAA-bound SEC squad. Upon returning from Gainesville, Pacific travels to Stanford (Dec. 15) for a match-up with the Pac-12 champions at Maples Pavilion.
"They're going to be tough games, but we're excited about those challenges," Roberts continued. "After a pair of WCC opponents and Bakersfield, we start Big West play. It's our last season in the Big West and we know going in that every year the Big West is always a dog fight."
The Tigers then meet WCC foes Saint Mary's (Dec. 20) on the road, and San Francisco (Dec. 29) at home, before closing the calendar year at home against CSU Bakersfield (Dec. 31).
Big West play opens with a home date against rival UC Davis (Jan. 5) before a road trip to UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 10) and Cal Poly (Jan. 12). Hawai'i (Jan. 17) makes its first Big West appearance at the Spanos Center since 1996, when UH's women's sports competed in the BWC. The Tigers also host Cal State Northridge (Jan. 19) before hitting the road for games at UC Riverside (Jan. 24) and Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 26).
Pacific opens a four-game home stretch with UC Irvine (Jan. 31), followed by Long Beach State (Feb. 2), Cal Poly (Feb. 7) and USCB (Feb. 9). After a Valentine's Day game at Northridge (Feb. 14), the Tigers fly to Hawaii (Feb. 16) before returning to the Spanos Center to face Fullerton (Feb. 21), and UC Riverside (Feb. 23). The Tigers wrap the regular season with three road games: at Long Beach State (Feb. 28), UC Irvine (Mar. 2) and UC Davis (Mar. 9).
The Big West tournament begins March 12 with a new format for 2013. The top eight teams will qualify as before, however seeds five through eight will compete in the first round at the Bren Events Center in Irvine. The winners will advance to the quarterfinals (Mar. 13) against the third and fourth seeds, also in Irvine. The top two seeds receive byes to the semifinals, which will be held in conduction with the BWC men's tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim (Mar. 15 and 16).
The Tigers return 11 letter-winners from last year's WNIT squad, including five seniors and eight of the team's top nine scorers.