2016-17 Women's Basketball Pac-12 Schedule Released|
Sept. 21, 2016
With the 2016-17 basketball season fast approaching, the Pac-12 Conference has released its women's conference schedule. The Women of Troy will have 14 games televised by Pac-12 Networks and has one nonconference clash set to be broadcast by SEC Network+. USC's first action comes November 4 with an exhibition against Cal State LA at Galen Center, while the Trojans' first official contest brings Hawai'i to town on November 11. USC will wrap the calendar year with a Pac-12 opener against Colorado before 2017 brings a fast and furious run of continued competitive Pac-12 play.
The 2016-17 Trojans have welcomed a strong set of newcomers, with six Women of Troy set to clock in for their first minutes in a USC uniform. Under the direction of Trojan great Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who enters her fourth season at the helm, the USC women look to battle back to the top of the pack. There's plenty of experience coming back to aid the Trojan cause this season. Redshirt senior Jordan Adams pairs with fellow seniors Courtney Jaco and Alexis Lloyd while juniors Sadie Edwards and Kristen Simon will continue the upward trajectory they set off on as sophomores. True sophomores Aliyah Mazyck, Candela Abejón and Marguerite Effa now have a year of competition under their belts to help anchor a powerful blend of talent on the Trojan roster for 2016-17. Redshirt freshman forward Dani Milisic will check in for her first action as a Trojan this season alongside true freshmen Minyon Moore, Valerie Higgins, Asiah Jones and Ja'Tavia Tapley, while USC welcomes the savvy and skill of grad student transfer Ivana Jakubcova.
The team got an early dose of experience together this summer with a trip to Italy, where the Trojans combined incredible cultural experiences with valuable game action against several international squads. Now, the Women of Troy take their training to the domestic level as they look to a competitive 2016-17 campaign. USC's nonconference slate is highlighted by a stretch of home action early on, as USC hosts Cal State LA, Hawai'i and UC Riverside in early November. USC will break new ground with a visit to the Great Alaska Shootout from Nov. 22-23 before returning home to Galen Center to host local rival Long Beach State on Nov. 27. The Trojans make an SEC Network+ debut with a trip to Texas A&M on Nov. 30 followed by a stint at Sacramento State on Dec. 3, and then settle back in at Galen to set up for the Women of Troy Classic. There, USC brings Grambling State, SMU and Mississippi State to town for action Dec. 16 and 18. Nonconference play comes to a close with a journey to UC Irvine on Dec. 21 before the holiday break, which offers a chance to refocus on the competitive Pac-12 Conference push ahead.
USC's conference opener has Colorado coming to Galen Center on Dec. 30 before USC and Utah ring in the new year with a Jan. 1 matchup to kickstart 2017. The Trojans will play their first Pac-12 Network games of the year as their next six conference games will air on Pac-12 Los Angeles. That includes heated back-to-back battles with the Bruins, as USC hosts the first crosstown rivalry clash against UCLA on Jan. 18 before turning around for a trip to Westwood on Jan. 22 for a quick rematch. Once February hits, USC will go off for a tough stretch of four straight road games, journeying through Stanford (Feb. 3), California (Feb. 5), Oregon State (Feb. 10) and Oregon (Feb. 12) before coming back for the Trojans' last action at Galen Center for the year. The Washington schools come to Troy for that final weekend at home (Feb. 17-19), and then USC wraps the regular season with a trip to Arizona to set the table for the coming Pac-12 Tournament. The conference tourney returns to KeyArena in Seattle for 2017, with action running March 2-5.