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Schedule Set

Sep 22, 2014

STANFORD, Calif. – Fifteen regular-season home games, 13 contests against NCAA Tournament opponents from last season and a total of 22 televised tilts on ESPN, the Pac-12 Networks and the SEC Network highlight the 2014-15 Stanford women’s basketball schedule, when dates, times and television selections were announced on Monday.

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Highlighting the challenging non-conference slate is a matchup against defending NCAA Champion Connecticut (40-0, 18-0 American Athletic), which is scheduled to visit Maples Pavilion on Monday, Nov. 17 in a game carried on ESPN2 as part of the network’s 24-hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

The Huskies mark Stanford’s second regular-season home opponent of the season, as the Cardinal opens its campaign with a Friday, Nov. 14 contest against Boston College at 5:30 p.m. The lone doubleheader on the schedule, Stanford’s men will take on Wofford immediately following (9 p.m.) in its season opener. Fans can bring their men's ticket to the box office to receive a free women's general admission ticket. Fans from the women's game looking to stick around for the men's game will be allowed to relocate to general admission sections.

Three days after taking on the defending NCAA champs, the schedule doesn’t get any easier as Stanford welcomes Texas (22-12, 11-7 Big 12) to The Farm on Thurs., Nov. 20. The Longhorns are a perennial force in the postseason, having advanced to 29 NCAA Tournaments, including the second round of last year’s event. That game will be the first of the Cardinal’s 18 televised on the Pac-12 Networks in 2014-15.

A date at New Mexico follows on Mon., Nov. 24 before Stanford heads to Honolulu for Thanksgiving to participate in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Shootout where dates with North Carolina (Nov. 28), Hawaii (No. 29) and Prairie View A&M (Nov. 30) beckon.

The islands have become a familiar preseason destination for Stanford, which stunned No. 1 Baylor in the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic two years ago in Honolulu. The tournament’s lid-lifter features what should be a challenging contest against North Carolina (27-10, 10-6 ACC), signaling a rematch of last year’s NCAA Regional final won 74-65 by Stanford at Maples Pavilion. Stanford then plays host Hawai’i (17-14, 10-6 Big West), an opponent Stanford is perfect against in eight attempts. The final comes against Prairie View A&M (14-18, 11-7 SWAC), which reached the NCAA Tournament last year.

Following its extended finals break, Stanford returns to Maples Pavilion for a Pac-12 Networks matchup against Santa Clara (10-20, 6-11 WCC) on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. The Broncos, guided by first-year head coach JR Payne, will be making their first appearance at Maples Pavilion since Nov. 29, 2006. It’s the first of three December home games for Stanford, which owns a 28-4 edge in the all-time series.

A difficult road trip follows, with Stanford visiting Chattanooga (29-4, 18-0 Southern) on Wednesday, Dec. 17 and Tennessee (29-6, 13-3 SEC) on Saturday, Dec. 20 in a swing that will prepare the Cardinal for the postseason. Chattanooga entered last year’s NCAA Tournament riding a 25-game winning streak before giving Syracuse all it could handle in a 59-53 loss.

Three days later, Stanford resumes its storied rivalry with Tennessee (29-6, 13-3 SEC), an NCAA Sweet 16 participant one year ago. Stanford emerged with a 76-70 victory in last year’s meeting, fueled by Chiney Ogwumike’s 32-point, 20-rebound effort and Amber Orrange’s clutch three-point play to ice the game. This season's encounter will tip at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET and be televised on the SEC Network.

The non-conference schedule closes at home with Big West foes UC Davis (15-16, 9-7 Big West) on Monday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. and UC Santa Barbara (8-22, 3-14 Big West) on Sunday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m.

The entirety of Stanford’s Pac-12 schedule will be televised. Sixteen games will be carried on the Pac-12 Networks, while games against California (Feb. 22) and Oregon (March 1) will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPNU, respectively.

The Pac-12 slate begins at home on Saturday, Jan. 3 against Colorado (19-15, 6-12 Pac-12) and fellow mountain member Utah visits on Monday, Jan. 5 at 5 p.m. (12-19, 4-14 Pac-12). It’s the only time Stanford will face Colorado and Utah, as the schools face off only once in the current Pac-12 rotation.

The Cardinal’s conference road schedule starts in the Pacific Northwest on Friday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 11 with visits to Washington ( 7 p.m.) and Washington State ( 1 p.m.). There will be some extra incentive in Seattle, as the Huskies (20-14, 10-8 Pac-12) handed the Cardinal its only conference loss of the season in 2013-14, prevailing 87-82 at Alaska Airlines Arena. Stanford improved to 57-0 all-time against Washington State (17-17, 9-9 Pac-12) last year by sweeping the season series.

Arizona and Arizona State visit Maples on Friday, Jan. 16 (8 p.m.) and Monday, Jan. 19 (3 p.m.). Defense was the key in Stanford sweeping its homestand against the Arizona schools last year, beating the Sun Devils 61-35 and the Wildcats 74-48. During the homestand, Stanford allowed just 27.5 percent shooting overall and surrendered only one three-pointer in 17 attempts.

The Cardinal’s final January road trip includes a visit to Southern California for a Friday, Jan. 23 meeting with UCLA (7 p.m.) and a Sunday, Jan. 25 date with USC (5 p.m.). The Cardinal swept this road trip last year, edging USC (22-13, 11-7 Pac-12) 64-59 before defeating UCLA (13-18, 7-11 Pac-12) 65-56. The Women of Troy upset Stanford in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament and ultimately defeated Oregon State to capture the crown and qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

The second half of Pac-12 play begins with Stanford hosting the Washington schools at Maples Pavilion. The Cougars come first on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 12:30 p.m. and are followed by Washington on Monday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. Washington is looking for its first win at Maples Pavilion since Feb. 18, 1999. Washington State’s trip to The Farm last year coincided with Senior Day and an 84-64 Stanford victory.

The following Friday (Feb. 6) and Sunday (Feb. 8) is one of three road trips on tap for Stanford over the season’s final four weeks, as the team heads The Copper State where matchups with Arizona State (7 p.m. PT) and Arizona (2 p.m. PT) await. The Cardinal has enjoyed recent success against this pairing, especially in the desert. Stanford leads the all-time series against Arizona 60-12 and has won 24 in a row against the Wildcats entering the 2014-15 campaign. Stanford holds a 56-11 edge against Arizona State, winning 16 consecutive contests.

The only homestand during the month of February brings USC and UCLA to Maples Pavilion. The Trojans and Cardinal clash on Friday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. while tip against the Bruins is set for 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. Stanford swept its homestand against the Southern California schools last year.

The latest chapters in the Battle of the Bay series take place over a span of five days in late February. For the third straight year, Stanford and California will be facing off in the same week. The Cardinal swept last year’s season series, winning 70-64 at home before turning around and collecting a 79-64 victory at Haas Pavilion three days later. This year’s version begins in Berkeley on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Sunday’s tilt on The Farm tips at 1 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

Stanford visits Oregon (16-16, 6-12 Pac-12) and Oregon State (24-11, 13-5 Pac-12) to conclude the regular season. It’s the only time the Cardinal will play the Ducks and Beavers, with those two schools skipping the Bay Area trip in 2014-15. The Cardinal are in Gill Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. and close out the regular-season at Oregon on Sunday, March 1 at 1 p.m. PT on ESPNU.

The Pac-12 Tournament will be held in Seattle, Wash., for the third consecutive year, beginning on Thursday, March 5 with all games being played at KeyArena.

Stanford begins its season with a pair of home exhibitions against Vanguard (Nov. 2) and UC San Diego (Nov. 8). Both tip at 2 p.m.

The Cardinal is coming off its sixth NCAA Final Four appearance in seven years and 12th overall. Stanford finished 33-4 overall and captured its 14th straight Pac-12 regular-season title with a 17-1 mark in conference play.