2010-11 Campaign Set To Tip Off

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The start of the 2010-11 women's basketball season begins this week, with six teams tipping off the campaign on Friday, Nov. 12. By the close of the weekend, all 10 Pac-10 teams will have played at least one game.

From the opening weekend, fans will get their first glimpse of a couple of Pac-10 squads in 2010-11 right as the season tips off. UCLA travels to San Diego State on Friday and the game will be nationally televised on The Mtn (check DirecTV listing). California's season opener vs. Rutgers will air live on Comcast SportsNet California.

Friday also marks the 25th season of Pac-10 women's basketball. The Conference will celebrate 25 years of women's sports in the Conference.

Season Outlooks

Arizona
Arizona returns returns seven players, including four starters, from a squad that made a two-game improvement in record during head coach Niya Butts' second season.

Season opener: Nov. 12 at Wichita State (Wichita, Kan.)

Arizona State
The Sun Devils welcome back RS SR G Dymond Simon who sat out all of 2009-10 with an injury. In 2008-09 when ASU advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, she was the team's leading scoring, averaging 13.8 ppg.

Season opener: Nov. 12 vs. Northern Arizona (Tempe, Ariz.)

California
Led by four freshman and one senior, the Golden Bears capped the 2009-10 season on a six-game win streak to capture the WNIT crown.

Season opener: Nov. 12 vs. Rutgers (Berkeley, Calif.) • CSN BA/Plus

Oregon
Under new head coach Paul Westhead, the Ducks had a nine-game turnaround and advanced to the third round of the WNIT, UO's first trip back to the postseason in four years.

Season Opener: Nov. 13 vs. Western Oregon (Eugene, Ore.)

Oregon State
A new era begins with Scott Rueck at the helm, the fifth head women's basketball coach in Oregon State history. Rueck returns to his alma mater after 14 very successful seasons at George Fox University.

Season opener: Nov. 13 vs. Long Beach State (Corvallis, Ore.)

Stanford

The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the third-consecutive year, reaching the national title game for the second time in three trips.

Season opener: Nov. 14 vs. Rutgers (Stanford, Calif.)

UCLA
In just her second season at the helm, head coach Nikki Caldwell led UCLA back to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round. It was the first time since 2006 the Bruins had been in the "Big Dance."

Season opener: Nov. 12 at San Diego State (San Diego, Calif.) • The Mtn.

USC
In his first season with the Trojans, head coach Michael Cooper led the team to its best Pac-10 finish since 2004-05 coming in third place and the most wins since 2006. The Women of Troy just missed out on postseason play last year.

Season opener: Nov. 12 vs. Gonzaga (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Washington
The Huskies advanced to the postseason for the first time in four years, earning an invitation to the inaugural Women's Basketball Invitational after more than doubling its Conference win total from 2008-09.

Season opener: Nov. 14 vs. Portland State (Seattle, Wash.)

Washington State
Now in her third season at the helm, head coach June Daugherty's young Cougars of the previous two seasons have emerged veterans and leaders, beginning with JR G April Cook and JR G Jazmine Perkins, who have been used to shouldering the weight of the team.

Season opener: Nov. 12 at Saint Mary's (Moraga, Calif.)

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