The Pacific Tigers women's basketball program released its full 2018 schedule today in what looks to be a great non-conference and West Coast Conference slate of games.
The Tigers will take on eight teams that qualified for either the NCAA Tournament or Women's National Invitational Tournament in the 2017-18 season as well a power five opponent, Pacific's annual home tournament, the Tiger Turkey Tipoff will be held on Nov. 23 and 24. WCC play opens on New Year's Eve at the Spanos Center against St. Mary's.
"We've got solid major programs and programs that went to the postseason last year; we expect the schedule to be very tough," head coach Bradley Davis said. "If we want to continue to grow as a program, we need to be willing to play everybody and anybody. Our non-conference schedule should prepare us for what is going to be a very tough year in the WCC."
Pacific opens the 2018-19 season at home with an exhibition against San Francisco State, six days later, the team will take the floor against William Jessup to start the regular season. The team will then hit the road for its next two games, both of which are against teams that qualified for postseason play in 2018. On Nov. 13, Pacific takes on UC Davis, a team that went to the WNIT quarterfinals last year before falling to the eventual champs, Indiana. Five days later, the Tigers head to Berkeley to take on the Cal Golden Bears. Cal was a seven seed in the 2017-18 NCAA Tournament, but bowed out in the opening round to Virginia. Both opponents had top-75 RPIs last season.
The annual Tiger Turkey Tipoff will be held Nov. 23 and 24 this year. The Tigers will bring North Dakota State, Wyoming and North Texas to the Spanos Center this season. Wyoming qualified for the WNIT last year and advanced to the second round before losing to UC Davis.
"Our home tournament has some quality mid-majors," Davis said. "North Dakota State is on the rise. Wyoming has a winning history and North Texas is primed for a solid year.Any of the four teams could be playign in the postseason this year."
The team hits the road for a single game at San Jose State on Nov. 29 before returning home for back-to-back games against Seattle and UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 6 and 8. Seattle won the WAC in 2018 and bowed out to Oregon in the NCAA Tournament's opening round. The Tigers beat Seattle on the road 85-73 last year.
Pacific closes out the non-conference schedule with a three-game road trip that tips off against UCF on Dec. 17. UCF earned a spot in WNIT in 2017-18 and advanced to the second round. The Tigers defeated the Golden Knights 78-74 in an overtime thriller at home last year. The Tigers will travel from Orlando to Texas to take on Lamar on Dec. 20, another team that went to the WNIT last year. The Tigers close out the non-conference slate on Dec. 22 at Cal State Fullerton.
Following the game at Fullerton, there will be an eight-day break for the holidays before opening the WCC season against St. Mary's. The WCC schedule stacks up well for the Tigers; the team will enjoy several stints of games at home including a stretch of four games from January 24 to February 2 at the Spanos Center. On January 5, the Tigers will see the defending WCC Champions, Gonzaga for the first time in Spokane. On January 31, Gonzaga comes to the Spanos Center as the third game of a four-game home stand.
On January 10 and 12, the Tigers play in a big set of games at home against BYU and San Diego. San Diego defeated the Tigers in the WCC Championship semifinals last year.
On January 24, the Tigers open a four-game home stand against Loyola Marymount. Two days later on the 26th, the team takes on Pepperdine on a day that it shares a home doubleheader with Pacific's men's team. On the 31st, Pacific hosts Gonzaga and then closes the home stand with a game against Portland which is also a doubleheader with the men's team.
On Valentine's day, the Tigers open up their final home stand of the season against San Francisco and play their final game of the year at Spanos on the 16th against Santa Clara.
The team closes out the regular season on March 2 at St. Mary's before heading to the WCC Championship at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Season tickets are already on sale for the season and single-game and four-game packs go on sale as the season approaches. Follow along on social media @Pacific_Hoops for updates regarding the team as well as tickets.