Pac-12 Announces Week-by-Week Matchups For Women's Basketball Conference Play
NOVEMBER 16 PAC-12 CONFERENCE RELEASE:
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 Conference has announced the weekly matchups and site designations for the league's 22-game women's basketball schedule in 2020-21.
The announcement reflects the games being played and the home/away designations each week of the Pac-12 regular season. Specific dates and times for each game within a week will be announced after selections by the league's television partners are finalized.
Conference play in 2020-21 will transition to a 22-game, double-round robin schedule in an effort to maintain the most control over scheduling and environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The season is slated to span 12 weeks from Dec. 4, 2020 to March 1, 2021 with the 2021 Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament scheduled for March 4-7 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The Conference was set to complete its 10-year rotation as part of its usual 18-game format in 2020-21, and future scheduling formats continue to be discussed.
All basketball competitions will be conducted in accordance with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee health and safety recommendations and guidelines, as previously announced on September 24 when the Pac-12 CEO Group voted to resume football, basketball and winter sport seasons.
The nation's top-rated conference by RPI in three of the last five seasons, including the most recent 2019-20 campaign, the Pac-12 is again poised to pace the nation in women's basketball. Five programs - #2 STANFORD, #7 ARIZONA, #9 UCLA, #10 OREGON and #18 OREGON STATE - appear in the Associated Press preseason top 25, tied for the most of any league.
Six All-Conference selections return, led by returning All-Americans Aari McDonald (ARIZONA), the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, and Michaela Onyenwere (UCLA). USC's Alissa Pili, last year's Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, also headlines that list along with STANFORD's Kiana Williams and Lexie Hull, and the Wildcats' Cate Reese. Hull, McDonald and Arizona's Sam Thomas also return from the league's All-Defensive Team.
Additionally, Pac-12 programs' combined to add 18 of the country's top 100 incoming freshmen according to ESPN's HoopGurlz recruiting rankings, including a national-best eight McDonald's All-Americans - Oregon's Angela Dugalic, Te-Hina Paopao, Sydney Parrish, Maddie Scherr and Kylee Watson, California's Dalaylah Daniels, Oregon State's Sasha Goforth, and Stanford's Cameron Brink.
USC'S WEEKLY CONFERENCE MATCHUPS:
USC at Arizona/Arizona State
UCLA at USC
California/Stanford at USC
USC at Oregon/Oregon State
Colorado/Utah at USC
Washington/Washington State at USC
USC at California/Stanford
Jan. 29-Feb. 1
Arizona/Arizona State at USC
USC at Washington/Washington State
USC at Colorado/Utah
Oregon/Oregon State at USC
Feb. 26-March 1
USC at UCLA