USC Women Announce 2006-07 Schedule

Aug. 28, 2006

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The roof has been on for months, the new home of the USC basketball and volleyball programs is nearing completion, and the USC women's basketball team is ready to settle in to their 2006-07 at the Galen Center. The Women of Troy have 15 regular-season home games locked into their season schedule, not including the Trojans' hosting gig for the 2007 NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds. As a prep for the postseason action to come at Galen Center, the Trojans are also playing host to the inaugural Women of Troy Basketball Classic, held Dec. 14-16. The three-team competition brings Houston and Prairie View A&M to Los Angeles that week, marking a homecoming of sorts for former Trojan and current Prairie View A&M head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke.

'We're excited about the first Women of Troy Classic,' USC head coach Mark Trakh said. 'The tournament will be a good stage for women's basketball in the area for years to come. We can really take advantage of having the Galen Center and showcasing the facility and all its amenities. And this year it's also an opportunity to welcome home a basketball legend in Cynthia Cooper.'

USC's first competition in the Trojans' new home will be in the form of an exhibition game against the Australian Institute of Sport at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6. The season kicks off officially with a visit from Long Beach State for a 7 p.m. home opener on Nov. 10. After a road trip that will take the Women of Troy to South Dakota State (Nov. 17) and Ohio State (Nov. 19), USC returns to the Galen Center to host Notre Dame at 5 p.m. on Nov. 24. That game will be followed up by the USC men's game against Long Beach State, marking the first of two doubleheaders for the teams this season.

After that Notre Dame showdown, USC hosts Nebraska at 2 p.m. on Nov. 26 before heading out to Colorado (Dec. 2) and Utah (Dec. 4). The Trojans also continue their exchange with Hawai'i after last year's trip to Honolulu by bringing the Rainbow Wahine to L.A. for a 1 p.m. game on Dec. 9.

The Women of Troy Basketball Classic will be played out across three days, opening with a USC-Prairie View A&M matchup at 4 p.m. on Dec. 14. Prairie View and Hoston then face off the next day at 3 p.m. on Dec. 15, and then the final pairing takes place at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16 as the Trojans wrap up their nonconference schedule against Houston.

Four days later, Pacific-10 action descends on Troy with a visit from defending Pac-10 champ Stanford for the conference opener, which is set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 20. The Trojans will also close down the Pac-10 regular season against the Cardinal as they are due to take their Bay Area road trip Feb. 22-24 to play California at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 before capping off the regular season at Stanford at 2 p.m. on Feb. 24. The Pac-10 season has all the makings of another all-out battle, although the Women of Troy look to have a balance of scheduling. After Stanford and California visit to open the season, USC travels to Washington (Dec. 29) and Washington State (Dec. 31) to close down the year 2006. Oregon and Oregon State are next in line, with that series beginning at the Galen Center (Jan. 5 & 7). Crosstown rival UCLA will host the first L.A. rivalry with a 2 p.m. clash on Jan. 13 in Westwood. And USC winds down the first half of Pac-10 play with a trip to Arizona (Jan. 18) and Arizona State (Jan. 20).

'We're looking forward to being competitive in the Pac-10,' Trakh said. 'I believe the Pac-10 is going to be a very strong conference.'

In the second half of Pac-10 competition, USC has its longest home stretch taking place in February, kicked off by the big Bruin-Trojan matchup at the Galen Center at 1 p.m. on Feb. 10. The following weekend will be a home stand for USC as well, as Arizona State (Feb. 15) and Arizona (Feb. 17) come to town.

Tickets are also now available for the NCAA First and Second Rounds at the Galen Center. Get more info HERE.

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