DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis women's basketball team, led by second-year head coach Jennifer Gross, has released an exciting schedule for the 2012-13 season. Home games against Pac-12 Conference members Stanford and Washington, five nonconference opponents that advanced to the postseason, and the addition of Hawai'i to the Big West Conference schedule highlights the Aggies' 2012-13 slate of games.
"We look forward to getting our incredible student body and the entire UC Davis community out to The Pavilion to cheer us on this season," said Gross. "We have the opportunity to compete against some Pac-12 teams, both at home and on the road, and challenge ourselves against a number of formidable mid-major opponents. These games will be great early tests for us and will give us a chance to see where we stand against some of the top talent in the country. We can't wait to get started on November 9."
The 29-game schedule features 11 nonconference matchups while 14 games will be played within the friendly confines of The Pavilion.
Season ticket information is available by calling the UC Davis Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1. Ticket plans will be available soon.
The first chance to see the Aggies play will be on Nov. 1 at 4:45 p.m. when UC Davis hosts Redlands in an exhibition game at The Pavilion as part of a doubleheader with the UC Davis men's team. The team opens the regular season with a 7 p.m. matchup with Pepperdine on Nov. 9 in Davis.
The nonconference schedule continues with three straight home games, starting with Final Four participant Stanford on Nov. 30. The Aggies will also host Saint Mary's and Santa Clara on Dec. 6 and Dec. 16, respectively. The Gaels advanced to the WNIT last season while the Broncos return five seniors and 13 letterwinners.
UC Davis will also compete at two tournaments during nonconference play. The Aggies travel to the Husky Classic, hosted by Houston Baptist at Sharp Gym in Houston Nov. 23-24 and face two-time Patriot League Tournament Champions Navy and Houston Baptist.
Later, UC Davis will participate in the Women of Troy Classic at the Galen Center in Los Angeles Dec. 20-21, playing alongside Duke, CSU Bakersfield and host USC. UC Davis faces USC in the opening round at 7pm on Dec 20 before taking on the winner of the Duke-CSU Bakersfield matchup on Dec. 21.
The Trojans finished with an 18-12 overall record in 2011-12 and Duke was an Elite 8 team in last year's NCAA Tournament. The Roadrunners return All-Independent selection Lauren Carter who averaged 12.9 points and 5.8 rebounds last season
Following the Women of Troy Classic, UC Davis returns home for a rematch against Washington on Dec. 28. Last season, the Aggies and the Huskies played a thrilling game in Seattle as UC Davis rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half to defeat Washington 69-68.
The Aggies close out the nonconference portion of the schedule at Sacramento State on Dec. 30.
Big West Conference play opens on the road as UC Davis plays its first three league contests away from Davis. Pacific, which enters its final season in the Big West, will be the Aggies' first conference matchup on Jan. 5 before UC Davis travels to take on Cal Poly (Jan. 10) and UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 12). The Mustangs claimed the regular season title with an 18-14 overall record and a 12-4 mark in league play while the Gauchos won the Big West Tournament as the No. 6 seed, the lowest in tournament history, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Matchups against Cal State Northridge (Jan. 17) and Hawai'i (Jan. 19) begins a stretch where UC Davis will play six of eight Big West Conference games in Davis. The Rainbow Wahine return to the Big West after 16 years in the Western Athletic Conference and met the Aggies in last season's Chevron Rainbow Wahine Shootout in Honolulu. UC Davis staged a 52-57 come-from-behind victory to win the tournament.
"The Big West Conference continues to get stronger every year," said Gross. "The addition of the University of Hawaii is exciting and we look forward to some great matchups this season and in the future."
After a road trip to Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 24) and UC Riverside (Jan. 26), UC Davis returns home for four straight league games, hosting Long Beach State (Jan. 31), UC Irvine (Feb. 2), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 7) and CalPoly (Feb. 9). The Aggies round out the 18-game Big West schedule by hosting Pacific on Mar. 9.
The slate of regular season games culminates in the Big West Conference Tournament. The top eight teams will advance to the tournament with the top two seeds earning a bye into the semifinal and the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds receiving a first-round bye. The first round and quarterfinal games will be held at the Bren Events Center on the campus of UC Irvine Mar. 12-13 while the semifinals and championship game will move to the Honda Center in Anaheim on Mar. 15-16
UC Davis returns seven letterwinners, including seniors Blair Shinoda and Cortney French, from last year's team which finished at 17-13 overall and earned a third consecutive trip to the postseason. UC Davis received an at-large berth to the WNIT, marking the Aggies' fourth postseason trip in five years.