Women's Basketball Releases 2013-14 Schedule
Aug. 19, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
Bulldog fans will be treated to a heavy dose of home games this season - 16 to be exact - including a pair of marque matchups in the Save Mart Center against USC (Nov. 10) and Stanford (Dec. 28). The Cardinal finished last season with a 33-3 record and made an appearance in the Sweet 16. Fresno State also has a third Pac-12 school on the schedule with the 'Dogs set to visit Washington State on Nov. 22.
"We have a great challenge of playing three PAC-12 schools as well as a tough tournament at Seton Hall," said Pebley, who last year in her first season as Bulldogs' coach guided the team to the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championship and into the NCAA Tournament. "While there is a balance to our schedule, we will need to bring it every game."
Fresno State features a favorable non-conference schedule and one that is greatly different than last seasons. Of the Bulldogs' 11 out-of-conference games, seven of those will be played at home including all five in the month of December. Last season, Fresno State played five-straight games on the road before opening up conference play in early January.
"We tried to create a non-conference schedule that accomplished a few goals," Pebley said. "First and foremost we wanted to set the team up for academic success. Keeping them home as much as possible while class is in session is priority number one. We also wanted to take care of our amazing fans and never be away from Save Mart too long. Finally, we wanted to play some tough opponents that will prepare us for Mountain West play."
Included as part of the non-conference road schedule is a trip back east to New Jersey to play in Seton Hall's tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Bulldogs will face Liberty, a team that has made the NCAA Tournament in 15 of the last 17 seasons, on Nov. 29 to open that tournament and then will face either host Seton Hall or Savannah State the next day in the consolation or championship game.
This is the first time since the 2010-11 season that the Bulldogs will play a regular season game in the Eastern time zone. That year, Fresno State played in the St. Johns Holiday Tournament a week before Christmas.
After returning from New Jersey, the Bulldogs welcome in San Diego Christian College (Dec. 5), Santa Clara (Dec. 8), Portland (Dec. 14) and San Francisco (Dec. 20) before ending the December home-stand against Stanford.
An interesting tidbit from the non-conference portion of the schedule is that the Bulldogs will face three schools that are coached by Women's Basketball Hall of Famers in USC's Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, San Francisco's Jennifer Azzi and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer.
Fresno State begins its second season of Mountain West play on New Year's Day in Las Vegas against UNLV.
The Bulldogs will then play three out of its next four MW games at home with that stretch ending on Jan. 15 against San Diego State in the Save Mart Center. Last year the Bulldogs and Aztecs split the regular season matchups before Fresno State defeated SDSU in the championship game of the conference tournament.
On Saturday, Jan. 18, the Bulldogs travel to The Pit in New Mexico for their only matchup with the Lobos on the season. With the Mountain West welcoming in two new members to the league - San Jose State and Utah State - each school will face eight conference teams twice and two teams only once.
Fresno State also only plays Utah State one time in 2014 with that date lying on Feb. 22 in Fresno.
After the game at New Mexico, the Bulldogs stay on the road for the first of their two back-to-back sequence of games on the road. The Bulldogs travel from Albuquerque to Nevada for a Jan. 22 meeting. The other sequence this season that Fresno State will play back-to-back MW road games is Feb. 26 at Boise State and March 1 at San Diego State.
The Bulldogs will close the regular season at home against San Jose State on Friday, March. 7.
The 2014 Reese's Mountain West Women's Basketball Championships will be held once again in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center, March 10-15, where the Bulldogs will be looking to defend their conference tournament title from last season.
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