BERKELEY – The Pac-12 Conference released the 2013-14 conference schedule Tuesday and announced that the California women’s basketball team will play a minimum of 20 televised games, including at least three in front of a nationally televised audience.
The Golden Bears will play on the ESPN family of networks three times in games against Duke (Nov. 10), UConn (Dec. 22) and Stanford (Feb. 2). Cal will make 17 appearances on the Pac-12 Networks with all but one conference game appearing live on television.
“Now that our complete schedule is available, it’s apparent that our fans have an incredible amount to be excited about,” California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “Twenty of our 29 games will be televised with three games showing nationally on ESPN between Duke, UConn and Stanford. We want the biggest platform – from a competitive and visibility standpoint – to showcase Cal Basketball, and I think this schedule ensures that we’ll be high on the national radar.”
The Bears previously released the non-conference schedule (http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=208662961) and have now unveiled game times beginning with the season opener on Friday, Nov. 8 against Long Beach State – the front end of a double-header with the California men’s basketball team – at 6 p.m. The Sunday, November 10 contest against NCAA Elite Eight team Duke will tip-off live on ESPNU at 3 p.m. Cal will also host non-conference opponent Northwestern on the Pac-12 Networks at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 24.
A record 17 of the Golden Bears’ 18 conference games will be televised this season – including all nine home games – with conference play opening up against Oregon State at Haas Pavilion on Friday, January 3 (8 p.m.) on the Pac-12 Networks. Of the 17 televised conference games, all will air on the Pac-12 Networks with the exception of California’s home game against Stanford on Feb. 2, which will be an ESPN2 game with a 1 p.m. tip-off. The only Pac-12 game not scheduled for broadcast is a January 17 game at Arizona State.
“The Pac-12 conference is full of dynamic coaches, talented teams and some seriously competitive basketball,” Gottlieb said. “We are excited to be challenged to play at the highest level every night, both in our quest to defend our title, and also to prepare us for post-season play.”
The Pac-12 Tournament will be held in Seattle, Wash., for the second consecutive season from March 6-9.
Season tickets for the 2013-14 California women’s basketball season 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 who purchase their tickets by September 20 will receive two vouchers that can both be redeemed for two general admission tickets to any home game. Visit the Athletic Ticket Office website at http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=208334932&DB_OEM_ID=30100 for more information.
“The community support for Cal Women’s Basketball is something we feel, and the hoops ‘buzz’ is in the air,” Gottlieb said. “I hope our fans will get their tickets now because we believe this program is something special to see.”