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Pac-12 announces 2021-22 women’s basketball weekly pairings

Sep 9, 2021

[Last updated Sept. 9 at 2:33 p.m. PT]

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference has released the weekly matchups and site designations for the league’s 2021-22 women’s basketball season.

The announcement reflects the games being played and the home/away designations each weekend of the Pac-12 regular season. Specific dates and times for each game will be announced after television selections are finalized. Some games may shift outside of the Conference’s traditional Friday-Sunday windows pending those television selections and other factors.

Games on the final weekend of the regular season are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 26, to avoid a quick turnaround for teams playing on the first day of the Pac-12 Tournament. Announced in mid-June, the Conference’s postseason event has been permanently modified to feature an open date on Saturday, with 11 games spread out over five days. Days of competition will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The 2022 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament, presented by New York Life, is scheduled for March 2-6 at Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Since 2016, the Pac-12 leads all conferences in Final Four appearances (6), NCAA Tournament wins (70), NCAA Tournament winning percentage (.707) and WBCA All-Americans (13). In the first year using the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) for women’s basketball, four of the top 10 teams in the final NET rankings for 2021 were from the Pac-12 in national champion STANFORD (No. 1), national runner-up ARIZONA (No. 7), UCLA (No. 8) and OREGON (No. 10), a total double any other league. The Pac-12 was also the nation’s top-rated conference by RPI in three of the final five seasons (2016, 2017, 2020) that metric was used by the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee.

Eleven All-Conference, four All-Defensive, and four All-Freshman Team honorees are set to return for the 2021-22 season, including the league’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year (Anna Wilson, STAN), Freshman of the Year (Charlisse Leger-Walker, WSU) and Sixth Player of the Year (Lacie Hull, STAN). Five McDonald’s All-Americans are also slated to join the Pac-12 this coming season in OREGON STATE’s Greta Kampschroeder, STANFORD’s Brooke Demetre and Kiki Iriafen, and USC’s Clarice Akunwafo and Rayah Marshall.

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Pac-12 Women’s Basketball 2021-22 Conference Matchups
Tuesday, Dec. 28
UCLA vs. USC (Location TBD)

Weekend of Dec. 31-Jan 2
Arizona/Arizona State at UCLA/USC
California/Stanford at Washington/Washington State
Colorado/Utah at Oregon/Oregon State 

Weekend of Jan. 7-9
Oregon/Oregon State at California/Stanford
UCLA/USC at Colorado/Utah
Washington/Washington State at Arizona/Arizona State

Weekend of Jan. 14-16
Arizona/Arizona State at Oregon/Oregon State
California/Stanford at Colorado/Utah
Washington/Washington State at UCLA/USC

Weekend of Jan. 21-23
California vs. Stanford (home and away)
Colorado/Utah at Arizona/Arizona State
Oregon/Oregon State at Washington/Washington State
UCLA vs. USC (Location TBD)

Weekend of Jan. 28-30
Arizona/Arizona State at California/Stanford
Colorado vs. Utah (home and away)
UCLA/USC at Oregon/Oregon State
Washington vs. Washington State (home and away)

Weekend of Feb. 4-6
California/Stanford at UCLA/USC
Oregon/Oregon State at Arizona/Arizona State
Washington/Washington State at Colorado/Utah

Weekend of Feb. 11-13
Arizona vs. Arizona State (home and away)
Colorado/Utah at California/Stanford
Oregon vs. Oregon State (home and away)
UCLA/USC at Washington/Washington State

Weekend of Feb. 18-20
Arizona/Arizona State at Washington/Washington State
California/Stanford at Oregon/Oregon State
Colorado/Utah at UCLA/USC

Weekend of Feb. 24-26
Oregon/Oregon State at Colorado/Utah
UCLA/USC at Arizona/Arizona State
Washington/Washington State at California/Stanford