Pac-12 announces women's basketball schedule
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The 238-game Pac-12 women's basketball regular season tips off with five matchups on Friday, Nov. 9, including five-time NCAA Final Four participant and Pac-12 Tournament Champion STANFORD hosting Fresno State on the official start of the season. In addition, a league-record 66 games will be televised in 2012-13, with 61 of those broadcasts on the new Pac-12 Networks. The additional five games are part of ESPN's season-long women's basketball coverage, which includes the Pac-12 Tournament championship game on March 10 at KeyArena in Seattle.
By the end of the first weekend 15 regular-season games will have been played, nine at Pac-12 home venues and road games taking place as far as Minneapolis. Among the early-season matchups to watch are Gonzaga at USC on Sunday, Nov. 11. The early-season matchup has proven to be an exciting one in recent years, with the game being decided by seven points or less the last two years. The first weekend also has ARIZONA STATE hosting Texas Tech on Nov. 11.
Also in the first month of action, UCLA travels to Oklahoma on Nov. 14, Michigan travels to UTAH on Nov. 16, and WASHINGTON heads to Wisconsin on Nov. 21. OREGON STATE will play in a tournament in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and the Beavers could have a possible matchup with Big East power Louisville.
Pac-12 teams will see a considerable increase in exposure, up from its 20-game television package in 2011-12. The schedule includes games featuring three NCAA Final Four teams, five NCAA Tournament participants and 10 postseason teams, in all.
"This year marks a big moment for our women's basketball teams and their fans," said Larry Scott, Commissioner of the Pac-12. "With our new television deal with ESPN and the launch of Pac-12 Networks, we have made a commitment to provide women's sports the exposure that it has lacked and that its student-athletes deserve."
Pac-12 women's basketball debuts on the Pac-12 Networks with a pair of marquee matchups on Friday, Nov. 23. Tipping off the schedule is UCLA hosting NCAA national runner-up Notre Dame, followed by NCAA Tournament participant Nebraska at USC. Conference play tips off on the Pac-12 Networks on Friday, Jan. 4 when UTAH hosts CALIFORNIA, followed by STANFORD at COLORADO.
Stanford versus Connecticut is the first of five games on the ESPN networks. The 2011 NCAA Final Four participants battle on Saturday, Dec. 29 in Palo Alto, Calif. UConn will also be on the Pac-12 Networks when it visits OREGON on Monday, Dec. 31. The "Battle of the Bay," with the Cardinal hosting the Golden Bears, will be on ESPN2 on Sunday, Jan. 13.
The regular season culminates with the Pac-12 Tournament at KeyArena in Seattle, Thursday-Sunday, March 7-10 and every game of the event will be televised for the first time ever. The first 10 games on the first three days of the tournament will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, with the champion being crowned at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 on March 10.
Seven Pac-12 teams earned postseason bids in 2011-12, with California and Stanford participating in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal advanced to its fifth-straight NCAA Final Four. Eight of the 15 All-Pac-12 honorees from last year return, including All-American Chiney Ogwumike, who helped Stanford capture a fifth-straight Pac-12 Tournament crown.
The Pac-12 Networks launched this summer with one national and six regional networks devoted solely to the Pac-12. In addition to the hundreds of live televised Pac-12 sporting events, Pac-12 Networks subscribers can download the Pac-12 Now app for iPad, enabling fans to watch live channels, as well as a growing collection of on-demand video. Subscribers can also watch live and on-demand content on the web at pac-12.com.
|2012-13 Pac-12 Women's Basketball Television Schedule|
|Friday||11/23/12||Notre Dame at UCLA||P12N||12:00 p.m.|
|Friday||11/23/12||Nebraska at USC||P12N||2:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||12/29/12||Connecticut at Stanford||ESPNU||1:00 p.m.|
|Monday||12/31/12||Connecticut at Oregon||P12N||12:00 p.m.|
|Friday||01/04/12||California at Utah||P12N||5:00 p.m.|
|Friday||01/04/12||Stanford at Colorado||P12N||7:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||01/06/12||California at Colorado||P12N||11:00 a.m.|
|Sunday||01/06/12||Arizona at Washington||P12N||1:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||01/08/12||Utah at Colorado||P12N||5:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||01/08/12||Stanford at California||P12N||7:00 p.m.|
|Friday||01/11/12||Washington State at UCLA||P12N||8:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||01/13/12||Oregon State at Arizona State||P12N||12:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||01/13/12||California at Stanford||ESPN2||1:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||01/13/12||Colorado at Utah||P12N||2:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||01/15/12||Washington State at Washington||P12N||6:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||01/15/12||Oregon State at Oregon||P12N||8:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||01/17/12||USC at California||P12N||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||01/18/12||Arizona at Utah||P12N||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||01/18/12||UCLA at Stanford||P12N||8:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||01/20/12||UCLA at California||ESPNU||12:30 p.m.|
|Sunday||01/20/12||Oregon at Oregon State||P12N||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||01/20/12||Washington at Washington State||P12N||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||01/20/12||USC at Stanford||P12N||4:00 p.m.|
|Friday||01/25/12||Arizona at UCLA||P12N||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||01/25/12||Colorado at California||P12N||8:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||01/27/12||Oregon at Washington||P12N||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||01/27/12||Colorado at Stanford||P12N||4:00 p.m.|
|Friday||02/01/12||Stanford at Oregon||P12N||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||02/01/12||Colorado at UCLA||P12N||8:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||02/03/12||Stanford at Oregon State||P12N||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||02/03/12||Colorado at USC||P12N||4:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||02/03/12||Washington at Arizona State||P12N||4:00 p.m.|
|Friday||02/08/12||Oregon State at Colorado||P12N||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||02/08/12||Arizona State at California||P12N||8:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||02/10/12||Oregon State at Utah||P12N||12:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||02/10/12||Arizona State at Stanford||P12N||2:00 p.m.|
|Friday||02/15/12||California at UCLA||P12N||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||02/15/12||Stanford at USC||P12N||8:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||02/17/12||Stanford at UCLA||ESPNU||12:30 p.m.|
|Sunday||02/17/12||California at USC||P12N||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||02/17/12||Washington State at Oregon||P12N||4:00 p.m.|
|Monday||02/18/12||Washington at Oregon State||P12N||6:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||02/19/12||Arizona State at Arizona||P12N||6:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||02/19/12||UCLA at USC||P12N||8:00 p.m.|
|Friday||02/22/12||Oregon at California||P12N||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||02/22/12||Oregon State at Stanford||P12N||8:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||02/24/12||Arizona at Arizona State||P12N||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||02/24/12||USC at UCLA||P12N||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||02/24/12||Oregon State at California||P12N||2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||02/24/12||Oregon at Stanford||P12N||4:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||02/28/12||Stanford at Washington||P12N||8:00 p.m.|
|Friday||03/01/12||UCLA at Arizona State||P12N||5:00 p.m.|
|Friday||03/01/12||USC at Arizona||P12N||7:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||03/02/12||Stanford at Washington State||P12N||12:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||03/03/12||Wildcard Game||P12N||12:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||03/07/12||Pac-12 Tournament First Round||P12N||12:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||03/07/12||Pac-12 Tournament First Round||P12N||2:30 p.m.|
|Thursday||03/07/12||Pac-12 Tournament First Round||P12N||6:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||03/07/12||Pac-12 Tournament First Round||P12N||8:30 p.m.|
|Friday||03/08/12||Pac-12 Tournament Quarterfinal||P12N||12:00 p.m.|
|Friday||03/08/12||Pac-12 Tournament Quarterfinal||P12N||2:30 p.m.|
|Friday||03/08/12||Pac-12 Tournament Quarterfinal||P12N||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday||03/08/12||Pac-12 Tournament Quarterfinal||P12N||8:30 p.m.|
|Saturday||03/09/12||Pac-12 Tournament Semifinal||P12N||6:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||03/09/12||Pac-12 Tournament Semifinal||P12N||8:30 p.m.|
|Sunday||03/10/12||Pac-12 Tournament Championship Game||ESPN2||5:00 p.m|