Tulsa Women to Host Defending National Champion UConn

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Kelsee GroveyAug. 29, 2014

Tulsa, Oklahoma -

Home-and-home games against the defending National Champion UConn Huskies highlight Tulsa's American Athletic Conference women's basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season, it was announced today.

"It is an exciting, as well as historic year, as we move into the American Athletic Conference," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "This puts our program in the national spotlight, playing in the same women's basketball conference as the defending National Champion. Not only are we looking forward to the on-court competition, but I feel good about the dynamic atmosphere associated with playing in some of these new venues."

Five teams in The American advanced to postseason play last year, including NCAA Champion UConn, as well as WNIT participants East Carolina, SMU, Tulane and USF.

The Golden Hurricane will host Cincinnati in the inaugural women's basketball game on Dec. 31. The Bearcats recorded 13 wins, including five in American play a year ago. This will be the first meeting for Tulsa and Cincinnati on the women's basketball court.

TU will then travel to Orlando, Fla., to face UCF on Jan. 3 before making the trip to Storrs, Conn., to take on UConn on Jan. 7. The Knights earned 10 wins a year ago, while the Huskies won the NCAA Championship after going a perfect 40-0 on the season. Tulsa and UCF last met during the 2012-13 campaign when the Hurricane defeated the Knights to win the 2013 Conference USA Championship. This will be the first meeting between Tulsa and UConn.

Up next is a three-game home stand against Memphis (Jan. 10), East Carolina (Jan. 14) and Houston (Jan. 17). The Tigers tallied 13 wins a year ago, while the Pirates picked up 22 victories and played in the WNIT first round, and the Cougars had six wins. TU topped Memphis (79-68) and Houston (76-63) in their last meetings during the 2012-13 season, while East Carolina picked up a 78-69 home victory over the Hurricane last year.

Tulsa will travel to New Orleans, La., to face Tulane on Jan. 20 before a return trip to East Carolina in Greenville, N.C., on Jan. 24. The Green Wave had 20 wins, including a 65-61 victory over the Hurricane, and played in the WNIT first round a year ago.

SMU and UCF come to town on Jan. 28 and Jan. 31, respectively. The Mustangs posted 18 wins and advanced to the second round of the WNIT last season.

Tulsa will travel to Houston to take on the Cougars on Feb. 7 and return home to host Temple on Feb. 10. This will be the first meeting between the Hurricane and the Owls, which had 14 wins a year ago.

TU will take to the road again to face SMU on Feb. 14 and USF on Feb. 18. The Bulls amassed 23 wins, including 13 in American play, and advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT last year. This will also be the first meeting between Tulsa and USF on the women's basketball court.

The Hurricane will close out the conference schedule hosting UConn (Feb. 21), traveling to Memphis (Feb. 24), hosting Tulane (Feb. 28) and traveling to Cincinnati (March 2).

Both Tulsa-UConn games will be broadcast on SportsNet New York, a New York City-based regional sports network.

The American Athletic Conference Championship will be hosted by UConn at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., from March 6-9.

Tulsa's non-conference schedule was announced earlier this summer and includes home games against Northern Iowa, Lamar, Saint Louis, Arkansas, New Orleans and UALR; road contests against Oral Roberts, Texas Southern and Valparaiso; and a tournament featuring Illinois State, Buffalo and host Miami.

For season tickets to the 2014-15 Tulsa Women's Basketball season, call the TU Athletic Ticket Office at 918.631.GoTU (4688).

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2014-15 Tulsa Women's Basketball Schedule

Date Day Opponent Location Time November 1 Sat. Rogers State (Exh.) Reynolds Center 7:00 pm 6 Thurs. Southern Nazarene (Exh.) Reynolds Center 7:00 pm 14 Fri. Northern Iowa Reynolds Center 7:00 pm 17 Mon. Lamar Reynolds Center 7:00 pm 21 Fri. at Oral Roberts Tulsa, Okla. (at ORU) 7:00 pm 25 Tues. at Texas Southern Houston, Texas TBA 28 Fri. vs. Illinois State! Coral Gables, Fla. TBA 29 Sat. at Miami/vs. Buffalo! Coral Gables, Fla. TBA

December 3 Wed. Saint Louis Reynolds Center 11:30 am 6 Sat. at Valparaiso Valparaiso, Ind. 12:30 pm 14 Sun. Arkansas Reynolds Center TBA 18 Thurs. New Orleans Reynolds Center TBA 21 Sun. UALR Reynolds Center TBA 31 Wed. Cincinnati* Reynolds Center TBA

January 3 Sat. at UCF* Orlando, Fla. TBA 7 Wed. at UConn* (SNY) Storrs, Conn. TBA 10 Sat. Memphis* Reynolds Center TBA 14 Wed. East Carolina* Reynolds Center TBA 17 Sat. Houston* Reynolds Center TBA 20 Tues. at Tulane* New Orleans, La. TBA 24 Sat. at East Carolina* Greenville, N.C. TBA 28 Wed. SMU* Reynolds Center TBA 31 Sat. UCF* Reynolds Center TBA

February 7 Sat. at Houston* Houston, Texas TBA 10 Tues. Temple* Reynolds Center TBA 14 Sat. at SMU* Dallas, Texas TBA 18 Wed. at USF* Tampa, Fla. TBA 21 Sat. UConn* (SNY) Reynolds Center TBA 24 Tues. at Memphis* Memphis, Tenn. TBA 28 Sat. Tulane* Reynolds Center TBA

March 2 Mon. at Cincinnati* Cincinnati, Ohio TBA 6 Fri. at The American Championship* Uncasville, Conn. TBA 7 Sat. at The American Championship* Uncasville, Conn. TBA 8 Sun. at The American Championship* Uncasville, Conn. TBA 9 Mon. at The American Championship* Uncasville, Conn. TBA

! Denotes Miami Thanksgiving Tournament * Denotes American Athletic Conference game. Times and dates are subject to change.

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