Tip-off for the 2020-21 women’s college basketball season begins with non-conference play in under two weeks on Wednesday, November 25.
On Monday, the Pac-12 Conference released its 22-game, double-round robin schedule for the first time in league history in an effort to maintain the most control over scheduling and environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The highly rated and challenging Pac-12 Conference features four nationally ranked top-10 teams and five ranked teams altogether in the AP Poll Top 25: No. 2 Stanford, No. 7 Arizona, No. 9 UCLA and No. 18 Oregon State.
Here’s a look at who and when the Ducks will play starting with a home series hosting the mountain schools, Colorado and Utah, beginning the week of December 4-7:
A few takeaways from this schedule:
- The first half of the schedule, Oregon will face four of its first six opponents on the road. On September 24, the Pac-12 announced no fans will be permitted at.any sporting event through the end of the calendar year but will be revisited based upon health and safety considerations in January 2021.
- Unlike years past, the Oregon-Oregon State rivalry series is not on the same weekend.
- The first half of the month of January will be a huge test for Oregon facing three ranked opponents on the road: UCLA, Stanford and Arizona.
- The second half of the conference schedule will see Oregon playing at home four out of the six series contests.
The 2021 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament is scheduled for March 4-7 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Oregon won the conference tournament for the second time in three years in 2020.
The non-conference schedule (to begin noon Nov. 25) is still being finalized at the time of this published article.
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