July 6, 2005
The California women's basketball team tips off the 2005-06 regular season - the first under head coach Joanne Boyle - as one of 16 teams in the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Golden Bears host Eastern Washington Nov. 11 in the first round of the single elimination tournament, with the winner advancing to play the winner of Oral Roberts versus New Mexico Nov. 13 or 14.
The Preseason WNIT field includes six 2005 NCAA Tournament teams - Boston College, Connecticut, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oral Roberts and Richmond - and three 2005 Postseason WNIT squads - Southern Methodist, Chattanooga and Indiana State.
Also on the same side of the bracket as Cal are Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Oklahoma, Louisiana-Lafayette and Southern Methodist. Marist, Hampton and Drexel complete the field. The semifinals are slated for Nov. 16-17, and the championship game is Nov. 20. All games will be played on home campuses, which are determined after each round.
Cal prepares for the Preseason WNIT with a home exhibition game on Nov. 2 against the Bay Area Pro Am, followed by a Nov. 6 closed scrimmage at Saint Mary's.
The Bears entertain Radford Nov. 18 and UC Davis Nov. 22 before travelling to the Caribbean Classic Nov. 25-26 in Cancun, Mexico. The tournament features defending NCAA champion Baylor, 2005 NCAA participants North Carolina, TCU and Arizona State and Mississippi State (2005 WNIT) and Marshall.
After Cal's Thanksgiving trip to Mexico, the Bears return to Berkeley for the second-annual Contra Costa Times Classic. The event includes UNLV (2005 WNIT), Columbia and Albany. Cal wraps up the non-conference schedule Dec. 8 at San Jose State and Dec. 10 at home versus South Carolina State.
The Bears open Pac-10 play at Washington Dec. 20 and at Washington State Dec. 22. Cal closes out 2005 as host to UCLA Dec. 30 and rings in 2006 against USC Jan. 1. The regular season wraps up Feb. 25 against Washington in Berkeley.
Stanford, USC, Oregon, Arizona and Arizona State represented the Pac-10 at the 2005 NCAA Tournament. The fifth-annual Pac-10 Tournament will be staged March 3-6 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.