Pac-12 Announces Women's Basketball TV Schedule
The USC women's basketball team has a solid lineup of television appearances on tap for 2012-13, thanks to the development of the Pac-12 Networks, which are taking the Trojans live to the small screen for nine games this coming season.
USC's Pac-12 Network debut will come fast, with the Trojans' Nov. 23 clash against Nebraska set for national broadcast live from the Galen Center at 2 p.m. After that, USC has eight Pac-12 tilts to be televised by the Pac-12 Networks, including home-away series with California, Stanford and crosstown rival UCLA. That includes a wild stretch of three games in five days as the Trojans host Stanford on Feb. 15, California on Feb. 17 and UCLA on Feb. 19 for a television frenzy for the Women of Troy at Galen Center. Other televised conference tangles set for TV will be a Feb. 3 face-off with Colorado at the Galen Center and a March 1 matchup at Arizona.
USC ON TV: Nov. 23 Nebraska at USC 2 p.m. Pac-12 National Jan. 17 USC at California 6 p.m. Pac-12 National Jan. 20 USC at Stanford 4 p.m. Pac-12 National Feb. 3 Colorado at USC 4 p.m. Pac-12 Regional Feb. 15 Stanford at USC 8 p.m. Pac-12 National Feb. 17 California at USC 2 p.m. Pac-12 National Feb. 19 UCLA at USC 8 p.m. Pac-12 National Feb. 24 USC at UCLA 2 p.m. Pac-12 Regional March 1 USC at Arizona 7 p.m. Pac-12 Regional
The Women of Troy kick off 2012-13 with their official home opener against Gonzaga at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11. That series has been hotly contested in recent years, and is a powerful lead-in to the season for the Trojans. In contrast to last season, USC spends the entire stretch of nonconference play within the state of California, traveling no farther than Fresno. Meanwhile, the Trojans host eight nonconference clashes at Galen Center -- not including a No. 4 exhibition game vs. Cal State Monterey Bay. USC also host the Women of Troy Classic this year, bringing to town Duke, UC Davis and CSU Bakersfield for action at Galen Center on Dec. 21 and 22. In addition to the Nov. 23 Nebraska game, USC also hosts rematches with Arkansas State (Nov. 21), Texas A&M (Dec. 15) and Vanderbilt (Dec. 29) before jumping into Pac-12 competition once January 2013 hits.
COMPLETE PAC-12 RELEASE
By the end of the first weekend 15 regular-season games will have been played, nine at Pac-12 home venues and road games taking place as far as Minneapolis. Among the early-season matchups to watch are Gonzaga at USC on Sunday, Nov. 11. The early-season matchup has proven to be an exciting one in recent years, with the game being decided by seven points or less the last two years. The first weekend also has ARIZONA STATE hosting Texas Tech on Nov. 11.
Also in the first month of action, UCLA travels to Oklahoma on Nov. 14, Michigan travels to UTAH on Nov. 16, and WASHINGTON heads to Wisconsin on Nov. 21. OREGON STATE will play in a tournament in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and the Beavers could have a possible matchup with Big East power Louisville.
Pac-12 teams will see a considerable increase in exposure, up from its 20-game television package in 2011-12. The schedule includes games featuring three NCAA Final Four teams, five NCAA Tournament participants and 10 postseason teams, in all.
"This year marks a big moment for our women's basketball teams and their fans," said Larry Scott, Commissioner of the Pac-12. "With our new television deal with ESPN and the launch of Pac-12 Networks, we have made a commitment to provide women's sports the exposure that it has lacked and that its student-athletes deserve."
Pac-12 women's basketball debuts on the Pac-12 Networks with a pair of marquee matchups on Friday, Nov. 23. Tipping off the schedule is UCLA hosting NCAA national runner-up Notre Dame, followed by NCAA Tournament participant Nebraska at USC. Conference play tips off on the Pac-12 Networks on Friday, Jan. 4 when UTAH hosts CALIFORNIA, followed by STANFORD at COLORADO.
Stanford versus Connecticut is the first of five games on the ESPN networks. The 2011 NCAA Final Four participants battle on Saturday, Dec. 29 in Palo Alto, Calif. UConn will also be on the Pac-12 Networks when it visits OREGON on Monday, Dec. 31. The "Battle of the Bay," with the Cardinal hosting the Golden Bears, will be on ESPN2 on Sunday, Jan. 13.
The regular season culminates with the Pac-12 Tournament at KeyArena in Seattle, Thursday-Sunday, March 7-10 and every game of the event will be televised for the first time ever. The first 10 games on the first three days of the tournament will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, with the champion being crowned at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 on March 10.
Seven Pac-12 teams earned postseason bids in 2011-12, with California and Stanford participating in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal advanced to its fifth-straight NCAA Final Four. Eight of the 15 All-Pac-12 honorees from last year return, including All-American Chiney Ogwumike, who helped Stanford capture a fifth-straight Pac-12 Tournament crown.
The Pac-12 Networks launched this summer with one national and six regional networks devoted solely to the Pac-12. In addition to the hundreds of live televised Pac-12 sporting events, Pac-12 Networks subscribers can download the Pac-12 Now app for iPad, enabling fans to watch live channels, as well as a growing collection of on-demand video. Subscribers can also watch live and on-demand content on the web at pac-12.com.