June 9, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - The California women's basketball team's 2008-09 schedule features six teams that competed in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and three WNIT selections. Last season, Cal set a school record for wins in a season with a 27-7 overall mark and earned a school-record third straight NCAA Tournament selection.
Cal prepares for its Nov. 14 season opener at home against Albany with home exhibition games on Nov. 9 and another on a date to be determined. Both exhibition teams are to be determined.
The Golden Bears play seven of 12 non-conference games at home this season and only once leave the Bay Area prior to beginning the Pac-10 schedule. All told, Cal will play 16 of its 30 regular-season games at Haas Pavilion next season.
After facing Albany, Cal entertains Nevada (18-12 in 2007-08) on Nov. 16 and Rutgers, a 2008 NCAA quarterfinalist, on Nov. 21. Cal then travels to the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, for Thanksgiving Weekend to battle three perennial basketball powers. The Bears open the tournament Nov. 27 against South Florida, then face Texas Tech Nov. 28 and conclude the event vs. 2008 NCAA qualifier Iowa Nov. 29. South Florida and Texas Tech both competed in the 2008 WNIT.
Cal then returns home to host the Contra Costa Times Classic Dec. 6-7. This year's tournament features TCU (2008 WNIT quarterfinalist), Princeton and Saint Louis, with the bracket still to be determined.
The Bears' non-conference slate doesn't get any easier, as they compete in Basketball by the Bay, hosted by San Jose State. Cal meets San Jose State Dec. 12 and Big 12 power Oklahoma, a 2008 NCAA Tournament qualifier, Dec. 13.
The non-conference schedule wraps up at home against Baylor, the 2005 national champion and a 2008 NCAA participant, Dec. 22, and Saint Mary's Dec. 29.
Cal, which finished last season an all-time best of second in the Pac-10 with a school-record 15-3 mark, opens conference play at Arizona Jan. 2 and at Arizona State Jan. 4. The Bears' Pac-10 home opener is Jan. 8 vs. Washington State. Cal concludes the conference schedule with four of six games at Haas Pavilion, including the regular-season finale against Arizona March 7.
The eighth-annual Pac-10 Tournament will be staged March 12-15 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Stanford, the 2008 NCAA runner-up, and Arizona State joined Cal as Pac-10 representatives at the 2008 NCAA Tournament. The Bears advanced to the second round of the tournament for the first time since 1993.
2008-09 Cal Women's Basketball Schedule
|Sun.||Nov. 9||Exhibition (TBD)||Berkeley||TBD|
|Fri.||Nov. 14||Albany||Berkeley||1:00 p.m.|
|Sun.||Nov. 16||Nevada||Berkeley||2:00 p.m.|
|Thu.-Sat.||Nov. 27-29||at Paradise Jam||Virgin Islands|
|Thu.||Nov. 27||vs. South Florida||Virgin Islands||9:30 p.m. ET|
|Fri.||Nov. 28||vs. Texas Tech||Virgin Islands||9:30 p.m. ET|
|Sat.||Nov. 29||vs. Iowa||Virgin Islands||9:30 p.m. ET|
|Sat.-Sun.||Dec. 6-7||Contra Costa Times Classic||Berkeley||TBD|
|(Cal, TCU, Princeton, St. Louis)|
|Fri.-Sat.||Dec. 12-13||at Basketball By the Bay|
|Fri.||Dec. 12||at San Jose State||San Jose||8:00 p.m.|
|Sat.||Dec. 13||vs. Oklahoma||San Jose||6:00 p.m.|
|Mon.||Dec. 29||Saint Mary's||Berkeley||7:00 p.m.|
|Fri.||Jan. 2||at Arizona*||Tucson, AZ||TBD|
|Sun.||Jan. 4||at Arizona State*||Tempe, AZ||TBD|
|Thu.||Jan. 8||Washington State*||Berkeley||7:00 p.m.|
|Sat.||Jan. 10||Washington*||Berkeley||2:00 p.m.|
|Sat.||Jan. 17||Stanford*||Berkeley||2:00 p.m.|
|Thu.||Jan. 22||at Oregon State*||Corvallis, OR||TBD|
|Sat.||Jan. 24||at Oregon*||Eugene, OR||TBD|
|Thu.||Jan. 29||UCLA*||Berkeley||7:00 p.m.|
|Sat.||Jan. 31||USC*||Berkeley||2:00 p.m.|
|Fri.||Feb. 6||at Washington*||Seattle, WA||TBD|
|Sun.||Feb. 8||at Washington State*||Pullman, WA||TBD|
|Sat.||Feb. 14||at Stanford*||Stanford, CA||TBD|
|Thu.||Feb. 19||Oregon*||Berkeley||7:00 p.m.|
|Sat.||Feb. 21||Oregon State*||Berkeley||2:00 p.m.|
|Fri.||Feb. 27||at USC*||Los Angeles||7:00 p.m.|
|Sun.||Mar. 1||at UCLA*||Los Angeles||TBD|
|Thu.||Mar. 5||Arizona State*||Berkeley||7:00 p.m.|
|Sat.||Mar. 7||Arizona*||Berkeley||2:00 p.m.|
|Thu.-Sun.||March 12-15||at Pac-10 Tournament#||Los Angeles|
* Pac-10 Conference Game # Pac-10 Tournament at Galen Center Home games in bold are played at Haas Pavilion (11,877) All times (local to the host) and dates are subject to change Listen to Cal Basketball on KALX (90.7 FM)