CORVALLIS, Ore. – Twelve regular-season games televised on the Pac-12 Networks, a first-ever meeting with Notre Dame and non-conference tournaments in the Bahamas and Las Vegas highlight the 2013-14 Oregon State women’s basketball schedule, which was announced in full by head coach Scott Rueck on Tuesday afternoon.
OSU’s schedule includes eight games against NCAA Tournament teams from last year and six against foes that were ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll of 2012-13.
The Beavers open their season with four straight games in Gill Coliseum beginning with a Friday, Nov. 8 matchup against Corban. Following that meeting with the Warriors, OSU hosts CSU Baskersfield on Monday, Nov. 11, Sacramento State on Friday, Nov. 15 and Loyola Marymount on Thursday, Nov. 21.
Oregon State defeated Corban in the teams’ only other meeting in 2011-12, is riding a three-game winning streak against the Roadrunners, whom it has played each of the last three seasons, is 4-1 all-time against Sacramento State and has split its only two meetings with LMU.
OSU’s first road trip of 2013-14 takes the Beavers to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport. Oregon State opens the two-game tournament against Penn State on Friday, Nov. 29, last year’s Big Ten champion that finished eighth in the final AP poll, with a potential day-two game on Saturday, Nov. 20 against either Florida or Illinois State.
The Beavers have limited experience against all of their opponents in the Bahamas. They played the then-No. 10 Lady Lions only one other time, in 1984-85, are 1-1 all-time against Florida, but haven’t met the Gators since 2004-05, and have battled Illinois State on three occasions, but not since 1982-83.
OSU’s game against Penn State will be just its seventh against a Big Ten opponent. The Beavers played Michigan State last year in Las Vegas, but before that had not played a school from the conference since 1996-97 (Illinois). Other games against Big Ten teams have come against Iowa (1988-89), Michigan State (1992-93) and Northwestern (1990-91). Penn State was not a member of the Big Ten in 1984-85.
The Junkanoo Jam will be the fourth-ever international trip for Oregon State and second in as many years after the program’s appearance in the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta last November. The Beavers have played the Junkanoo Jam once before, in 2008, which featured games against Arkansas and then-No. 2 North Carolina.
Oregon State returns from the Bahamas for a Friday, Dec. 6 meeting with Portland at the Chiles Center in the Rose City. The Beavers are 16-4 all-time against the Pilots, but haven’t played UP since the 2002-03 season.
A Friday, Dec. 13 home date with Hawai’i provides a brief return to Corvallis before the Beavers head to Las Vegas for three games at the Duel In the Desert at Cox Pavilion. Oregon State opens against Creighton on Thursday, Dec. 19, will play UNLV on Friday, Dec. 20 and close the tournament against Clemson on Saturday, Dec. 21.
The trip will be the program’s fifth to Las Vegas and second in a row after OSU appeared in last season’s Holiday Hoops Classic at South Point Casino. Previous trips to Vegas have featured wins against UNLV (57-45; 2010 / 68-65; 2007) and one against Creighton (82-56; 1985).
The game against Clemson and the previously announced home matchup with Notre Dame will provide Oregon State with Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponents for only the fifth and sixth times in program history. The Beavers are 3-1 all-time in games against ACC foes, but has only played one – North Carolina in 2008’s Junkanoo Jam – over the last 17 seasons.
Beginning with the home game against Notre Dame in Corvallis on Dec. 29, the Beavers will play in front of the cameras 12 times during the regular season, an increase from their nine TV games a year ago.
The meeting with the Fighting Irish will begin a string of eight consecutive televised games for the Beavers and three in a row against teams that finished 2012-13 in the national polls, including two Final Four participants.
Following the home date against Notre Dame, Oregon State will travel to the Bay Area to open its Pac-12 schedule with games against Cal (Friday, Jan. 3) and Stanford (Sunday, Jan. 5).
The Civil War Series presented by PacificSource Health Plans, The Oregon 529 College Savings Network, McDonalds, Wells Fargo Bank and Your Local Ford Stores will be played on Saturday, Jan. 11 in Eugene and Monday, Jan. 13 in Corvallis.
Oregon State will travel to Los Angeles to play at USC (Friday, Jan. 17) and UCLA (Monday, Jan. 20) and return home to host Washington (Friday, Jan. 24) and Washington State (Sunday, Jan. 26) before entering the month of February on the road against Arizona State (Friday, Jan. 31) and Arizona (Sunday, Feb. 2).
The Beavers’ home game against Washington concludes its streak of eight straight games on the Pac-12 Networks, but OSU will return to the airwaves in Tucson against the Wildcats on Super Bowl Sunday.
Two more TV dates follow at home against Colorado on Friday, Feb. 7 and Utah on Sunday, Feb. 9. Oregon State will remain in Gill Coliseum the next weekend to host UCLA on Friday, Feb. 14 and USC on Sunday, Feb. 16. The game against the Trojans will be Oregon State’s final one of the regular season televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Beavers’ road schedule finishes up with a weekend in Washington to play the Cougars on Friday, Feb. 21 in Pullman and the Huskies on Sunday, Feb. 23 in Seattle. OSU’s regular-season home schedule wraps up the following Friday and Sunday with matchups against Arizona (Feb. 28) and Arizona State (March 2).
The Pac-12 Tournament will be held at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash. for the second consecutive season from March 6-9.
Oregon State plays each of its Pac-12 opponents twice, except for Cal, Stanford, Colorado and Utah, which it will each play once. The first two do not make a return trip to Corvallis this season and the Beavers are not traveling to Boulder or Salt Lake City in 2013-14.
OSU will also play a home exhibition against Saint Martin’s on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.
Season ticket renewals are now available to returning customers and $50 per seat season ticket deposits are being accepted for NEW customers by calling 1-800-G0-BEAVS or visiting beavertickets.com. On Oct. 7, new season tickets, mini plans and single game tickets will go on sale to the general public.