Mossman Announces 2012-13 Tulsa Women's Basketball Schedule
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
The University of Tulsa women's basketball team announced today its 28-game schedule, which features 11 home games, 10 contests against 2012 postseason teams, a trip to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam Tournament and the Conference USA Championship in Tulsa.
"I think this is a schedule that will help us take that next step forward as a program," Head Coach Matilda Mossman said. "We want to compete for a conference championship every year and our non-conference slate will help us do that. We are excited to be able to play Arkansas in the Tulsa Convention Center as a prelude to the Conference USA Championship, because it will help create some excitement for our fans. We are also ecstatic about hosting the C-USA Championship because it gives us an opportunity to showcase the city of Tulsa, as well as our university, and it gives our fans an opportunity to see us without the expense of traveling."
Eight of TU's 28 opponents won 20 or more games last season, while all but one finished with double-digit victories. Arkansas, BYU, Iowa State, UALR and UTEP all made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, while Memphis, Oral Roberts, Stephen F. Austin and Tulane played in the Women's National Invitational Tournament, and Rice participated in the Women's Basketball Invitational.
The 2012-13 campaign will tip off against cross-town rival Oral Roberts on Nov. 9 at the Mabee Center located on the ORU campus. The Golden Eagles recorded a 22-11 overall record and advanced to the first round of the WNIT last season. Tulsa has won the last two meetings with Oral Roberts, including a 65-57 home victory a year ago.
TU will come back across town to host UALR on Nov. 12 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. The Trojans, which recorded a 20-13 mark, won the Sun Belt Championship and went to the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season, captured a narrow 52-48 victory over the Hurricane in last year's season opener in Little Rock, Ark.
TU has not faced Arkansas since the 2007-08 season, but on Nov. 15 the Razorbacks come to town for a neutral-site game at the Tulsa Convention Center. UA went 24-9 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
The Golden Hurricane will take a trip to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam Tournament, where TU will face Illinois in the first game and either Loyola Marymount or Iowa State in the second game on Nov. 23 and 24, respectively. The Fighting Illini and Lions both tallied 11 wins a year ago, while the Cyclones recorded 18 wins and played in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This will be the first meeting between Tulsa and all three teams.
Utah Valley, which posted a 78-62 win over TU a year ago in the only previous meeting, comes to Tulsa on Nov. 29. The Hurricane will then take on Nebraska Omaha, a team Tulsa defeated 68-60 last season, on Dec. 4 in Omaha, Neb. Both the Wolverines and the Mavs tallied 15-win seasons last year.
TU will take on Colorado State in the Hurricane's only home contest for the month on Dec. 8. CSU recorded 13 wins a year ago, including an 87-68 victory over TU to take a 4-2 lead in the all-time series.
Up next for the Hurricane is a four-game road swing, including games at BYU (Dec. 15), UALR (Dec. 18), Grambling State (Dec. 22) and Stephen F. Austin (Dec. 30). The Cougars and Trojans tallied 26 wins and 20 victories, respectively, and both advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament, while the Tigers finished the season even at 15-15 and the Jacks registered 23 victories and played in the first round of the WNIT.
Tulsa starts league play with a home contest against UTEP on Jan. 9, followed by a trip to Rice on Jan. 13. The Miners, which won both the C-USA regular season and tournament titles, recorded the most wins for a TU opponent with a 29-4 overall record, and the Owls finished even with a 16-16 mark. UTEP played in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, while Rice played in the first round of the WBI.
The Golden Hurricane will take on Marshall at home on Jan. 17 and East Carolina in Greenville, N.C. on Jan. 20. The Thundering Herd finished two games above .500 with a 16-14 mark and ECU went 12-19 on the year. Marshall has a 5-2 lead in the series with TU, while the series with ECU is tied, 5-5.
Tulsa will play a pair of home games on Jan. 24 and Jan. 27 against UCF and SMU, respectively. The Knights recorded 12 wins, including a 54-48 win over Tulsa in Orlando last season, while SMU earned 14 victories, but fell to TU twice.
The Golden Hurricane will make the return trip to UTEP on Jan. 31, before traveling to Hattiesburg, Miss., on Feb. 3 to take on Southern Miss. TU defeated the Golden Eagles, 68-57, last season to take an 8-1 advantage in the series.
Tulsa hosts Tulane on Feb. 10, travels to Houston on Feb. 14 and returns home to host Rice on Feb. 17. The Green Wave posted a 23-11 overall record and advanced to the second round of the WNIT last year after finishing third in the league. Tulsa and Tulane split decisions a year ago as the Green Wave has an 11-5 lead in the series. The Cougars struggled last year, posting a 3-26 overall record, and the Hurricane picked up both wins against UH for an 8-6 advantage in the series.
Tulsa makes a road swing to SMU on Feb. 21 and Tulane on Feb. 24, before ending the month at home against Memphis on Feb. 28. The Tigers earned 25 victories, including a narrow 66-64 victory over TU, finished second in the league and advanced to the second round of the WNIT last season.
The Hurricane makes its last road trip of the regular season to UAB on March 3, but closes out league play against Houston at home on March 7. The Blazers picked up a 47-40 win over Tulsa and concluded the season with a 19-11 overall record for fourth place in the league a year ago.
Tulsa will host the 2013 Conference USA Championship, March 13-16, at the Tulsa Convention Center and BOK Center. The first two rounds will be played at the Tulsa Convention Center, while the semifinals and championship game will be played at the BOK Center.
For season tickets to the 2012-13 Tulsa Women's Basketball season, call the TU Athletic Ticket Office at 918.631.GoTU (4688).
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