Pacific Women's Basketball Announces 2013-14 Schedule
2013-14 Pacific Women's Basketball Schedule
The 2013-14 Pacific women's basketball schedule announced Thursday features a home matchup with Arizona, and meetings with Cal and Florida State in non-conference action before the Tigers inaugural West Coast Conference slate.
Coming off the best season in program history, Pacific will play 14 games against 2012-13 post-season teams, including Final Four participant Cal, and NCAA Tournament participant Florida State in non-conference action. Non-Conference opponents Fordham, Iona, Hawai'i, as well as Long Beach State and Richmond also earned bids to the WNIT. Four other West Coast Conference teams advanced to the postseason, with Gonzaga earning an NCAA berth and BYU, Saint Mary's and San Diego participating in the WNIT. All told, 11 of Pacific's 18 opponents were postseason programs last season.
Pacific will face Florida State and either Long Beach State or Richmond in the Long Beach Classic, as the Tigers will look for a win over a Pac-12 foe for the third-straight season with meetings against Cal and Arizona.
"I really like our schedule this year. Six of our 10 non-conference opponents played in the post season last year, and this schedule will definitely be challenging preparation as we head into our first year in the West Coast Conference," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "Coming off of the great year we had last season, we thought it was important to schedule a tough non-conference slate to really see where we need to improve and get better before WCC play begins. I'm excited to see our team develop and I think this 2013-14 schedule really provides that opportunity."
The Tigers open with an exhibition against Cal State East Bay on Nov. 1 at home in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The regular season gets underway a week later with a home date against Cal State Stanislaus on Nov. 8.
On Nov. 11, the Tigers play host to UC Davis before hitting the road for a east coast swing. Pacific travels to New Rochelle, N.Y, to face Iona on Nov. 15, and will take on Fordham in the Bronx on Nov. 17.
The Tigers will look for a win over a Pac-12 opponent for the third-straight season as Arizona visits the Spanos Center on Nov. 23, as part of a doubleheader with the men's team (which faces Fresno State). Pacific defeated Washington on the road last season, and Arizona State in the 2012 WNIT. After Thanksgiving, Pacific faces Notre Dame de Namur at home on Nov. 30.
Pacific will visit California on Dec. 7, taking on a Bears team that advanced to the Final Four last season. Should Cal retain its ranking from the final poll of last season, it would be the fourth-straight year Pacific has faced a top five team in the regular season.
On Dec. 15, Hawai'i visits the Spanos Center before the Tigers face Florida State in the Long Beach Classic on Dec. 20. Pacific will be playing an ACC opponent for the first time since a meeting against then No. 2 North Carolina in 2008. The four-team tournament in LBSU's Walter Pyramid also features host Long Beach State and Richmond, out the Atlantic 10. Pacific will face either UR or LBSU on Dec. 21 in the championship or consolation game.
The Long Beach Classic wraps the non-conference slate as Pacific will return from Christmas break and jump into the 18-game double-round robin West Coast Conference schedule.
The Pacific women's basketball program's first season in the WCC gets underway on Thursday, Dec. 28, with the Tigers playing host to Portland. The Tigers have an early-season showdown against defending WCC champion Gonzaga two days later, on Saturday, Dec. 30, in a double-header with the men's team (which faces Saint Mary's).
Pacific will hit the road the following weekend, with a trip to BYU on Jan 2, and San Diego on Jan. 4.
The Tigers renew Bay Area rivalries at San Francisco (Jan. 9) and Santa Clara (Jan. 11) before returning home to face Loyola Marymount (Jan. 16) and Pepperdine (Jan. 18). Pacific will take on travel partner Saint Mary's in the Spanos Center on Saturday, Jan. 25, to complete the first half of the double-round robin, as part of a doubleheader with the men's team, which meets Pepperdine.
San Diego (Jan. 30) and BYU (Feb. 1) visit the Spanos Center before the Tigers visit Saint Mary's on Saturday, Feb. 8.
The Tigers head to Southern California to take on Pepperdine in Malibu on Feb. 13, before visiting Loyola Marymount on Feb. 15.
Pacific wraps the home schedule against Santa Clara (Feb. 20) and San Francisco (Feb. 22) in the Spanos Center before the Tigers travel to the Pacific northwest for games at Portland (Feb. 27) and Gonzaga (Mar. 1) to close the regular season.
The 2014 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will take place from March 6-11 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, a combined event with the WCC men's basketball programs.
All 10 WCC teams qualify, with the women's first round will take place on Thursday, March 6, featuring two games. The women's quarterfinal round will be held on Friday, March 7. After the men's quarterfinals on Saturday and an off-day Sunday, the women's semifinals taking place on Monday, March 10, with the final live on ESPNU on Tuesday, March 11 at 1 p.m. PT.
The Tigers are coming off the best season in program history, as Pacific went 27-8 and won the Big West title en route to the third round of the WNIT. Pacific will return six letter-winners from last year's squad.