Aug. 18, 2011
The California women's basketball team recently finalized its 2011-12 schedule, which features 13 teams that participated in the postseason in 2011. Rutgers, Ohio State, Texas, and Virginia highlight Cal's non-conference schedule.
The Golden Bears, in their first season with head coach Lindsay Gottlieb at the helm, will play a challenging nonconference slate, facing four NCAA Tournament teams, two WNIT teams and the WBI semi-finalist before they see their first Pac-12 action.
"I think everyone involved with Cal women's basketball feels a genuine buzz around the program," Gottlieb said. "With the release of our schedule, I know our fans will be eagerly anticipating the action in Haas that is coming up this winter. I know our players can't wait to put on the Cal jersey, both for our tough non-conference schedule and in trying to make our mark in the Pac-12."
On Nov. 13 in New Brunswick, N.J., Cal will open the season on the road at Rutgers, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. The Bears have won the last two meetings against the Scarlet Knights.
Cal faces a second NCAA Tournament team in November, when it travels to Honolulu for three games at a Thanksgiving tournament hosted by the University of Hawaii. Cal will play Texas, which fell in the first round of the NCAA's last year, host-school Hawaii, 2011 WNIT selection, Virginia, which is led by former Cal coach Joanne Boyle.
The Bears will also play a road contest 13 miles up the road, taking on Saint Mary's in Moraga on Dec. 8.
California will take on two NCAA tourney teams in the home portion of the nonconference schedule. The Bears will take on Prairie View A&M, the 2011 SWAC champions, as part of their home tournament, the Cal Classic Presented by Doubletree by Hilton Berkeley Marina, Dec. 3-4, at Haas Pavilion. This is the fifth consecutive year that Cal's home tournament has featured an NCAA Tournament team. The tournament also boasts the 2011 WBI-runners-up Cal State Bakersfield, and UNLV.
On Saturday, Dec. 17, Cal will host the Ohio State, a team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of last year's NCAA tournament. The home nonconference schedule also features games against Sacramento State (Nov. 17), Illinois (Nov. 20), Santa Clara (Dec. 10) and Dartmouth (Dec. 20).
"Our non-conference schedule includes top-level competition coming to Haas, which will make for some terrific games in front of our home crowd," Gottlieb said. "We also look forward to map-hopping with our Bears - heading east to Rutgers and west to Hawaii - to challenge ourselves against national powers."
This will be the first season for Cal playing in the newly-expanded Pac-12. The Bears will make their first trip to Utah and Colorado (Jan. 12, 14) to play the Utes and Buffaloes as conference opponents. Cal played Colorado last season in the second round of the WNIT, falling to the Buffs, 81-65. Fans will also have their first chance to see Utah and Colorado at Haas, with the teams playing Feb. 23 and Feb. 25 in Berkeley.
With the new Pac-12 structure, not all conference teams will make the trip to Haas this season. Oregon State (Jan. 5), Oregon (Jan. 7), Washington (Jan. 19), Washington State (Jan. 21), USC (Feb. 9), and UCLA (Feb. 11) are all featured on the home schedule.
Cal and Stanford will continue to play an annual home-and-away series. This year's Battle of the Bay will take place on Jan. 28 at Stanford and March 3 in Berkeley, the regular-season finale for both squads.
The Pac-12 tournament will be held in Los Angeles again this season, running March 7-10.
2011-12 Cal Women's Basketball season tickets are on-sale now with ticket packages starting as low as $50 for youth and seniors. Once again this season, there are packages available in either general admission or the reserved seats. Season ticket holders receive great benefits throughout the season including four free tickets to both the Ohio State game (12/17) and Stanford game (3/3). Visit the Athletic Ticket Officewebsite or CalBears.com for more information.
2011-12 California Women's Basketball Scheule
Nov 3 Vanguard (Exhibition) Berkeley
Nov 13 at Rutgers New Brunswick, NJ
Nov 17 Sacramento State Berkeley
Nov 20 Illinois Berkeley
Nov 25-27 University of Hawaii Tournament
Nov 25 Hawaii Honolulu, HI
Nov 26 Texas Honolulu, HI
Nov 27 Virginia Honolulu, HI
Dec 3-4 Tournament (in Berkeley)
Dec. 3 Cal vs. Cal State Bakersfield Berkeley
Dec 3 UNLV vs. Prairie View A&M Berkeley
Dec 4 Cal vs. UNLV/Prairie View A&M Berkeley
Dec 4 Bakersfield vs. UNLV/Prairie View Berkeley
Dec 8 Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
Dec 10 Santa Clara Berkeley
Dec 17 Ohio State Berkeley
Dec 20 Dartmouth Berkeley
Dec 29 UCLA* Los Angeles, CA
Dec 31 USC* Los Angeles, CA
Jan 5 Oregon St.* Berkeley
Jan 7 Oregon* Berkeley
Jan 12 Colorado* Boulder, CO
Jan 14 Utah* Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 19 Washington* Berkeley
Jan 21 Washington St.* Berkeley
Jan 28 Stanford* Stanford, CA
Feb 2 Arizona* Tucson, AZ
Feb 4 Arizona St.* Tempe, AZ
Feb 9 USC* Berkeley
Feb 11 UCLA* Berkeley
Feb 16 Oregon* Eugene, OR
Feb 18 Oregon St.* Corvallis, OR
Feb 23 Utah* Berkeley
Feb 25 Colorado* Berkeley
Mar 3 Stanford* Berkeley
Mar 7-10 Pac-12 Tournament Los Angeles, CA
Mar 17-20 NCAA 1st & 2nd Rounds TBD
Mar 24-27 NCAA Regionals TBD
Apr 1-3 NCAA Final Four Denver, CO
Bold denotes home games at Haas Pavilion
*denotes Pac-12 Conference game