WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – The Pac-12 announced the women’s basketball conference schedule on Tuesday, including the nine conference games to be played at Alaska Airlines Arena and 15 games broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks and one on ESPNU.
Among the 16 TV broadcasts are 15 on the Pac-12 Networks, with 13 coming during the conference season and at least one guaranteed during the Pac-12 Tournament. Washington’s December 13 game against Wisconsin will also be broadcast by the Pac-12 Networks. The other TV broadcast will be when UW hosts Stanford on February 9 on ESPNU.
The Dawgs open the conference season by hosting the Arizona schools on January 3 and January 5. Washington went a perfect 4-0 against the desert schools last season to help the team to a fifth-place finish in the Pac-12. The conference opener will be against the Wildcats at 7 p.m., while Sunday’s contest against the Sun Devils will be at 2 p.m. for the first Pac-12 Networks game.
Washington will head out on the road for the first time in conference on Tuesday, January 7, for a trip to Pullman. The Dawgs will play a 7 p.m. game in the Palouse, before turning around and facing Washington State back in Seattle on Saturday, January 11, at 3 p.m. The Dawgs hope to extend their current 36-game win streak against the Cougars with both games being broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Dawgs will stay home for two more games at Alaska Airlines Arena the following weekend when Utah and Colorado come to town. The Utes will play a 7 p.m. game on Friday night, before Colorado plays a Sunday 4 p.m. game on the Pac-12 Networks. Washington was knocked out of Pac-12 Tournament by the Buffaloes last season and will look for some revenge.
Following the Colorado game, Washington is away for back to-back-back weekends. First, the Dawgs travel to Oregon State and Oregon for Friday, Sunday games and then UCLA and USC, also for Friday, Sunday games. All four games will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.
Washington returns home to face California and Stanford on February 7 and February 9. Friday’s game will be an 8 p.m. contest on the Pac-12 Networks, while Sunday’s game will be 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Cal and Stanford were the conference’s top two teams last season and project to be among the nation’s elite again in 2014.
The Dawgs continue with a tough stretch of the schedule the following weekend with a trip to Colorado and Utah, where they were swept last season. Friday’s game with the Buffaloes will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks, while Sunday’s game at Utah has yet to be assigned a game time.
The final regular season weekend for the Huskies will be February 21 and 23 when Oregon and Oregon State come to town. Friday’s 6 p.m. game will be on the Pac-12 Networks, while Sunday’s game is to be announced.
The final conference weekend will be perhaps the most difficult trip of the season as the Dawgs head to the Bay Area to face Stanford and Cal. Both games will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks with the conference championship possibly at stake.
The Pac-12 Tournament will once again be in Seattle at KeyArena and will begin on March 7. All Pac-12 Tournament games will be on TV and the Dawgs are guaranteed at leasat one game. The Dawgs have high expectations for the 2013-14 season, but will need to navigate the always difficult Pac-12 conference. A high finish should give Washington the ammunition for the selection committee as it attempts to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.