Sept. 9, 2010
Following a 12-game nonconference slate that features at least 10 meetings with teams who reached the postseason in 2009-10, the Cougars should be ready for the rigors that come with playing in the Pacific-10 Conference.
WSU will have already played five NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament teams when it opens the conference portion of its schedule, and the Cougars will see another during the opening weekend.
For the first time since 2005-06, WSU will open its Pac-10 schedule at home, and the Cougars kick things off with a New Year's Eve (Dec. 31) match-up against USC at 1 p.m. They will then play UCLA, Sunday, Jan. 2, also at 1 p.m. The Bruins defeated North Carolina State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last season before falling to No. 1-seed Nebraska.
The Cougars play at Oregon and Oregon State for their first road trip of the conference season. The Cougars won the last game played against the Ducks - a Women's National Invitation Tournament participant last season - and the teams will meet for the first time in 2010-11 in Eugene, Ore., Jan. 6. WSU will then travel to Corvallis, Ore., to play the Beavers, Jan. 8.
WSU will play the final home series of its first run through the conference against California and Stanford. The Golden Bears, who won the 2010 WNIT, will be in Pullman Friday, Jan. 14 (7 p.m.). The Cardinal, fresh off a third-straight appearance in the Final Four, will square off with the Cougars Sunday, Jan. 16 (1 p.m.).
The Cougars will embark on a three-game road trip to close their first run through the Pac-10, heading to Arizona to face the Sun Devils and Wildcats before playing in-state rival Washington on national television.
Last season WSU won its first road game against the Sun Devils in more than 13 years, knocking off ASU 66-62 in front of a national television audience. The Cougars will try to make it two-straight, Jan. 20, before playing Arizona, Jan. 22.
The Cougars will then play the Huskies on FSN, Jan. 30. The game is the first of two national television appearances for WSU.
WSU's second run through the Pac-10 will feature five home games, the first two coming against the Oregon schools. First up are the Beavers, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m., before going for two-straight home victories over Oregon, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m.
After facing Stanford for the second time in 2010-11 (Feb. 10), this time on the road at Maples Pavilion, the Cougars head to Berkeley, Calif., for another nationally-televised game. WSU and the Golden Bears played a close game at Haas Pavilion last season, and this year's match-up will be televised on FSN.
WSU's final homestand will be its longest of 2010-11, a three-game stretch against Arizona (Feb. 17; 7 p.m.), Arizona State (Feb. 19; 1 p.m.) and Washington (Feb. 26; 7:30 p.m.).
The Cougars conclude their regular season in Los Angeles, playing USC (March 3) and UCLA (March 5). The last match-up between the Trojans and Cougars resulted in a WSU victory (64-52), the first in more than a decade. The team will again be in the City of Angels for the Pac-10 Tournament, March 9-12.