LOS ANGELES - The 2013-14 UCLA women's basketball schedule is now finalized with today's announcement of the pairings and bracket for the Gulf Coast Showcase on Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Dates and times are still subject to change.
The Bruins will face James Madison on Nov. 29 at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla. JMU was 25-11 last year and advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT. The Bruins will face the winner or loser of Mississippi State and Grand Canyon in the next game. Rounding out the tournament field is Wright State, North Carolina State, Middle Tennessee State and Southeastern Louisiana.
UCLA has once again put together a challenging non-conference schedule for the upcoming season. The Bruins finished the 2012-13 season with a strength of schedule RPI rating of 11th in the country for the entire season and that rating was at No. 6 for the non-conference portion of the season.
In all, the Bruins will play eight different teams that made the NCAA Tournament a year ago, and that is up by one from last year's tough schedule. The Bruins will face another six squads that were selected for the NIT field.
After an exhibition game with Vanguard on Oct. 31, the Bruins will open the season on the road at Nebraska on Nov. 8. The Cornhuskers were 25-9 last year and reached the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, the game in Lincoln, Neb., will be the first women's basketball game in Nebraska's new Pinnacle Bank Arena. Then the Bruins return to Los Angeles for their home opener with local foe Pepperdine on Nov. 11.
The Bruins then host a pair of powerhouses on back-to-back Sunday afternoons. First in town will be North Carolina (Nov. 17), which went 29-7 last year before exiting in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Then comes the rubber match with Oklahoma (Nov. 24), as the two teams split a pair of games last year. The Sooners lost in the "Sweet 16" a year ago, recording a 24-11 mark.
The Bruins spend the majority of December on the road. First, UCLA heads to Florida for three games (Nov. 29-Dec. 1) in the Gulf Coast Showcase. Then UCLA will play its first of two Final Four teams from 2013 when they make a trip on Dec. 7 to South Bend, Ind., to face Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish was 35-2 a year ago and finished ranked No. 2 in the RPI. UCLA will then head to San Diego for a game with the Aztecs. San Diego State was 25-7 last year and lost in the second round of the WNIT. The Bruins will take part in a holiday tournament in Minneapolis, Minn., for two games in the Golden Gopher Classic. UCLA will square off with the hosts, Minnesota, on Dec. 20 and then face Auburn on Dec. 21. Both of the teams made the WNIT last year with Minnesota falling in the first round (18-14) and Auburn losing in the "Elite 8" (19-15).
UCLA closes out its non-conference schedule after the holiday break with a home game against NCAA Tournament participant, Cal Poly, on Dec. 28. The Mustangs, which suffered a first-round setback, were 21-11 last year.
The 2013-14 Pac-12 women’s basketball schedule will feature a league-record over 100 television appearances during the regular season, including 101 telecasts on the Pac-12 Networks and five on the ESPN networks as part of the Conference’s television package. Among those 106 appearances, all nine games of the Pac-12 Tournament at KeyArena in Seattle will be televised, with nine appearing on the Pac-12 Networks and the championship game on ESPN on March 9.
The UCLA Bruins will have the distinction of having the first televised conference game when they host USC on Dec. 30 (7:00 p.m.) and the last televised conference game on March 2 when they visit Utah (1:00 p.m.).
The UCLA Bruins will be making a total of 18 television appearances during the 2013-14 regular season. That is up from 14 a year ago and just four in 2011-12.
The Bruins will face a guaranteed 18 of 28 regular season games against teams that made the postseason last year and a possibility of 20 of 30 games as the Bruins progress through the Gulf Coast Showcase.
Last year, the Bruins advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four seasons, as second-year head coach Cori Close directed UCLA to a 26-8 overall record and a third-place finish in the competitive Pac-12. A consistent team all season, the Bruins compiled four separate winning streaks of at least five games, including two streaks of six consecutive victories.
UCLA advanced to the Pac-12 Tournament title game, losing by a 51-49 margin to top-seeded Stanford, before cruising past Stetson, 66-49, in a first-round meeting of the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins’ season ended with an 85-72 setback to Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament’s second round. The Bruins return two starters from last year, including leading scorer senior Atonye Nyingifa (11.6 ppg). The other returning starter is also a senior, guard Thea Lemberger (8.6 ppg).
The Pac-12 Networks launched in the summer of 2012 with one national and six regional networks devoted solely to Pac-12 sports. In addition to the hundreds of live televised Pac-12 sporting events, Pac-12 Networks subscribers can watch live events on the Pac-12 Now app. Subscribers can also watch live and on-demand content on the web at pac-12.com.
2013-14 UCLA Women's Basketball Schedule
|Thursday||Oct. 31||Vanguard (Exhibition)||TBD|
|Friday||Nov. 8||at Nebraska||10:00 am|
|Sunday||Nov. 17||North Carolina||Pac-12 Networks||3:00 pm|
|Sunday||Nov. 24||Oklahoma||Pac-12 Networks||1:00 pm|
|Friday||Nov. 29||James Madison||TBD|
|Saturday||Nov. 30||Mississippi State/Grand Canyon||TBD|
|Saturday||Dec. 7||at Notre Dame||10:00 am|
|Sunday||Dec. 15||at San Diego State||2:00 pm|
|Friday||Dec. 20||at Minnesota||10:00 am|
|Saturday||Dec. 21||vs. Auburn||12:00 pm|
|Saturday||Dec. 28||Cal Poly||TBD|
|Monday||Dec. 30||USC||Pac-12 Networks||7:00 pm|
|Friday||Jan. 3||Utah||Pac-12 Networks||6:00 pm|
|Sunday||Jan. 5||Colorado||Pac-12 Networks||7:00 or 8:00 pm|
|Friday||Jan. 10||at Arizona||Pac-12 Networks||7:00 pm|
|Sunday||Jan. 12||at Arizona State||Pac-12 Networks||12:00 pm|
|Friday||Jan. 17||Oregon||Pac-12 Networks||8:00 pm|
|Monday||Jan. 20||Oregon State||Pac-12 Networks||12:00 pm|
|Friday||Jan. 24||at Stanford||Pac-12 Networks||8:00 pm|
|Sunday||Jan. 26||at California||Pac-12 Networks||6:00 pm|
|Friday||Jan. 31||Washington||Pac-12 Networks||8:00 pm|
|Sunday||Feb. 2||Washington State||TBD|
|Saturday||Feb. 8||at USC||Pac-12 Networks||3:00 pm|
|Friday||Feb. 14||at Oregon State||7:00 pm|
|Monday||Feb. 17||at Oregon||Pac-12 Networks||4:00 pm|
|Friday||Feb. 21||California||Pac-12 Networks||8:00 pm|
|Sunday||Feb. 23||Stanford||Pac-12 Networks||4:00 pm|
|Friday||Feb. 28||at Colorado||Pac-12 Networks||5:00 pm|
|Sunday||Mar. 2||at Utah||Pac-12 Networks||1:00 pm|
All times listed Pacific.