The Pac-12 will play a 20-game conference schedule in women’s basketball starting in 2022-23.
The conference announced the change to its scheduling format in women’s basketball, which was approved by the Pac-12 Council on Monday based on recommendations from the Senior Woman Administrators committee. The Council also approved the permanent change to the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament schedule to include an open date between the semifinals and finals.
The conference played a 22-game schedule in 2020-21 due to the pandemic but will revert to its 18-game league schedule in 2021-22 to complete it’s 10-year schedule rotation of matchups. Each team will play 10 home and 10 road games in 2022-23.
“We are constantly evaluating ways to elevate Pac-12 women’s basketball and strengthen the league’s stature,” Pac-12 senior associate commissioner Teresa Gould said in a statement. “With the depth of talent in the Conference, adding two quality games to the league schedule will help Pac-12 programs prepare for the rigors of postseason play and support the sustained success of the Conference in the NCAA Tournament. A 20-game Conference schedule will also provide fans of Pac-12 women’s basketball additional opportunities to enjoy meaningful matchups both in person and on television.”
The conference’s women’s basketball tournament will be played on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, making permanent a change that was implemented as a contingency this past season. The conference cited athlete welfare in making the change and also acknowledged it “also provides ESPN additional flexibility when determining a start time for the championship on Sunday.”
The final weekend of conference play will move to Thursday-Saturday. The 2022 Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament is scheduled for March 2-6 at Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
“After utilizing this schedule for the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament, the feedback from our women’s basketball student-athletes was overwhelmingly positive,” Gould said. “Because of their input, the open date on Saturday was made permanent to prioritize rest and recovery of those competing in the championship game.”
The 18-game conference schedule will include the following matchups for Oregon and Oregon State in 2021-22:
Home: ORE/OSU, ARIZ, ASU, CAL, COLO, STAN, UCLA, USC, UTAH
Road: ORE/OSU, ARIZ, ASU, CAL, COLO, STAN, UTAH, WASH, WSU