Sept. 6, 2012
BERKELEY - In the inaugural year of the Pac-12 Networks, the California women's basketball team will have over half its Pac-12 games televised, the Conference announced Thursday in its release of the 2012-13 Pac-12 schedule. The Golden Bears will have 12 of its 18 Pac-12 games televised either on the Pac-12 Networks or the ESPN family with seven of their home games set for broadcast.
"The release of the Pac-12 Conference schedule, along with the listing of extensive television coverage, marks an exciting day for the Pac-12 Conference as a whole and for our Cal women's basketball program," Cal head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "The increased national exposure will highlight not only the talented players that wear the Blue & Gold, but the level of play on the West Coast in general."
The Bears' first seven Pac-12 games will be televised with the Jan. 13 game at Stanford and the Jan. 20 game in Berkeley against UCLA being broadcast on ESPN. Cal opens Pac-12 play on the road with a Jan. 4 game at Utah followed by a Jan. 6 match-up with Colorado. From there, the Bears play two straight games against Stanford - hosting the Cardinal on Jan. 8 and heading to the Farm on Jan. 13.
USC comes to town Jan. 17 for a Pac-12 Networks game before the Bears host little sister UCLA Jan. 20 on ESPN. Cal hosts Colorado Jan. 25 on the Pac-12 Networks and then welcomes Utah on Jan. 27. The Bears then head north for a Feb. 1 game at Oregon State followed by a Feb. 3 game in Eugene against Oregon.
Cal returns to the friendly confines of Haas Pavilion to play Arizona State on Feb. 8 on the Pac-12 Networks. Cal then faces off against Arizona on Feb. 10. The Bears head to the City of Angels for a Feb. 15 game against UCLA and a Feb. 17 game at USC - both of which will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks.
Cal closes out its home slate with two games on the Pac-12 Networks against the Oregon schools. The Ducks play at Haas on Feb. 22 and then it's the Beavers' turn on Feb. 24 for Senior Day. The regular season concludes for Cal in the Evergreen State with a Feb. 28 game at Washington State and a March 2 game against Washington.
Each game of the Pac-12 Championships will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks. Across the Conference, the Pac-12 Networks will televise 61 games with 66 Pac-12 women's basketball games being broadcast, setting a league record.
"This unprecedented television deal speaks to the vision and excellence of our commissioner Larry Scott, and will help us as we aim to make Cal one of the nation's premier women's basketball programs," Gottlieb said. "We are particularly excited that our fans will be able to see their Golden Bears at least twice on ESPN, and 10 more times on the Pac 12 Networks. It's going to be a special year, and we want our fans to be a part of it with us, even when they can't be in the arena."
Last year, both Stanford and Cal competed in the NCAA Tournament with five other Pac-12 programs participating in the WNIT. The Cardinal made its fifth-consecutive Women's Final Four appearance.
Before Pac-12 play gets underway, the Golden Bears will take on 11 teams in nonconference play with five of those teams advancing into the 2011-12 postseason, including an Elite Eight participant in Duke and a Sweet 16 finalist in Kansas.
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