Women's Basketball Season Schedule Announced

Women's Basketball Season Schedule Announced

2017-18 Pacific Women's Basketball Schedule

STOCKTON, Calif. - Eighteen home games, including a match-up with Cal highlight the 2017-18 Pacific women's basketball schedule, which was announced Thursday by head coach Bradley Davis.

The Tigers will play one home exhibition, and eight non-conference games in the Alex G. Spanos Center prior to the nine-game home West Coast Conference slate.

Pacific will play host to California, UC Davis, UC Merced, Cal State Fullerton, Central Florida, Lamar, and the 2017 Tiger Turkey Tip-Off Thanksgiving Tournament which features Brown, Hampton and San Jose State. The Tigers will visit Northern Colorado, Fresno State and Seattle.

The nine-week WCC schedule pits the Tigers against BYU, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary's, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara both home and away in an 18-game regular season leading up to the WCC Tournament.

"Last year we finished with the third toughest strength of schedule in the WCC and we expect this season to be equally as rigorous," head coach Bradley Davis said. "In addition to some of our long-standing California rivalries, fans can also see four postseason opponents visit Stockton from eastern conferences we don't face all that often. With multiple 2017 conference contenders and seven 2017 postseason teams, we know we're going to have to be ready from the opening tip of the season. We are also confident, that our preseason will more than prepare us for what should be another competitive season in the WCC.  Best of all though, we get to play at least 18 games right here in Spanos!"

The Tigers will play at least 12 games against teams that made the 2017 post-season, including NCAA participants Gonzaga, Cal, and Hampton; WNIT participants BYU, Central Florida, Saint Mary's, Seattle and UC Davis; and WBI teams Brown and Lamar.

The season gets underway Wednesday, November 1, with an exhibition at the Spanos Center against NAIA opponent William Jessup. The regular season begins with a six game homestand, starting with the opener against the Big West's Cal State Fullerton on Monday, Nov. 13. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, UC Merced (NAIA) visits prior to a Monday meeting with former Big West rival UC Davis on Nov. 20.

Pacific will host the Tiger Turkey Tip-Off Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday Nov. 25. Pacific will face San Jose State of the Mountain West on Saturday, while Brown of the Ivy League takes on Hampton of the MEAC. Sunday will feature a championship game between Friday's winners and a third-place game. The Tigers and Spartans will meet for the 48th time. The Tigers have never faced Brown or Hampton.

On Nov. 30, Lamar visits the Spanos Center as Pacific will take on the Cardinals for the second time ever and first time since 1991. Lamar will be the first Southland Conference opponent for the Tigers since 1997, when the Tigers visited Stephen F. Austin.

Pacific's first road game of the season will be Dec. 3, at Northern Colorado of the Big Sky Conference, before a trip to Fresno State of the Mountain West on Dec. 7.

On Sunday, Dec. 10, the California Golden Bears visit Stockton for the first time in four years. It will be the 26th meeting between the two former NorCal and NorPac Conference members. The Tigers pushed the No. 21 ranked Bears to OT in Berkeley in 2013.

Tigers will visit Seattle on Dec. 17 to take on the Redhawks of the Western Athletic Conference before closing the non-conference schedule at home on Dec. 20 against Central Florida. The game will mark Pacific's first contest against the American Athletic Conference, which formed in 2013. Pacific has played current members of the AAC, most recently UConn in 2010 and 2011.

Pacific opens the West Coast Conference slate at home against Gonzaga on Thursday, Dec. 28 in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tigers will then visit Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Dec. 30. In week two, the Tigers play host to Saint Mary's on Jan. 4, and travel to BYU on Jan. 6.

On Jan. 11, the Tigers play at San Diego before returning home on Jan. 13 to face Portland. Pacific hits the road for games at Pepperdine (Thursday, Jan. 18) and at Saint Mary's (Saturday, Jan. 20) before a a four-game homestand.

The Tigers will host San Francisco (Thursday, Jan. 25) and BYU (Saturday, Jan. 27.) followed by Santa Clara (Thursday, Feb. 1) and Pepperdine (Saturday, Feb. 3).

Next, the Tigers travel to the northwest to square off at Gonzaga (Thursday, Feb. 8) and Portland (Saturday, Feb. 10) before a split weekend at home February 15 against San Diego, and at Santa Clara on Feb. 17.

The final weekend of the regular season sees the Tigers visit San Francisco (Thursday, Feb. 22) followed by the regular season finale at the Spanos Center against LMU (Saturday, Feb. 24).

All 10 teams of the WCC will descend on Las Vegas for the 2018 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships March 1-6 at Orleans Arena. It will be the 10th straight WCC Tournament in Las Vegas, and the Tigers' fifth in the WCC.

Once again, all Pacific regular season home games and road West Coast Conference women's basketball games will air on TheW.tv, the WCC's online digital network.

Season tickets for Pacific women's basketball are on sale now at the Pacific ticket office. Four-game plans will be available starting August 16, while individual game tickets will be on sale by the announcement of tip-off times.