Tulsa Women's Basketball Schedule Features Eight Postseason Teams
Sept. 13, 2006
Tulsa, Okla. - The University of Tulsa women's basketball schedule, as announced today by Head Coach Charlene Thomas-Swinson, features a 16-game conference schedule, state schools - Oral Roberts and Oklahoma - and nine games against teams that advanced to either the NCAA or WNIT postseason tournaments last year.
The eight 2006 postseason teams include Southeast Missouri State (NCAA), LSU (NCAA), Florida State (NCAA), Oklahoma (NCAA), Stephen F. Austin (NCAA), Missouri State (NCAA), Charlotte (WNIT) and Rice (WNIT), which the Golden Hurricane will face twice this season.
"We have a strong non-conference schedule both at home and on the road," Thomas-Swinson said. "There are no easy teams, which will help us prepare for a very competitive conference slate."
Among TU's home dates are match-ups with Oklahoma, Missouri State, Arkansas, Southeast Missouri State and South Alabama, as well as eight Conference USA home games and two exhibition contests.
This year Tulsa looks for a return trip to the NCAA Tournament, as well as another conference title. The Hurricane will be led by 2006 Honorable Mention All-American and C-USA Player of the Year Jillian Robbins.
The Golden Hurricane will begin the season at home for the third straight year, as Tulsa hosts Southeast Missouri State on November 11 and then takes nearly a week off before hosting South Alabama on Nov. 17. The Redhawks, which earned the school's first Ohio Valley Conference championship last season, lead the overall series with TU, 2-1, including an 80-63 victory in the last match up in 1998. This will be TU's first meeting with the Jaguars.
Cross-town rival Oral Roberts hosts the annual showdown on Nov. 20 at the Mabee Center. The Golden Hurricane has pulled off victories in four of the last five meetings, including an 88-73 win last year.
TU will take to the road on Nov. 24-25 to play in the UTSA Tournament, featuring 2006 NCAA Final Four team LSU, Eastern Washington and host Texas-San Antonio. The schedule has yet to be determined, but this would be the first meeting for TU with both LSU and Eastern Washington. The Golden Hurricane captured a 63-41 win over the Roadrunners last season, and own a 3-1 advantage in the overall series against UTSA.
Tulsa will conclude a four-game road swing at Florida State on Nov. 27. TU registered its first ever win over the Seminoles last season, 80-71. Florida State advanced to the 2006 NCAA Tournament second round with a win over Louisiana Tech.
The Hurricane will return home to host the Bertha Teague Classic on December 2. TU will take on Oklahoma, who advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 last season. Tulsa defeated OU, 67-59, in the last meeting during the 2004-05 season.
The Ladyjacks of Stephen F. Austin, who advanced to the NCAA tournament last year, will play host to the Golden Hurricane on Dec. 5. The series is tied, 2-2, as TU earned a 73-66 victory over SFA last season.
Tulsa will return home to take on interstate rivals Missouri State and Arkansas on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, respectively. TU will look to revenge last seasons 73-64 loss to the Bears, a team that won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championship last year. Missouri State owns a 6-4 advantage in the series. The Hurricane narrowly edged out the Razorbacks, 66-64, last season in Fayetteville for Tulsa's second win in the 16-game series.
TU closes out its non-conference slate at the St. Peter's Tournament in Jersey City, N.J. on Dec. 29-30. The Golden Hurricane will face Atlantic 10 regular season conference champion and 2006 WNIT Sweet 16 team, Charlotte, in the first round of the St. Peter's Tournament. Tulsa will then take on either St. Peter's or Ball State on Dec. 30. This will be the first meeting for TU with Charlotte and St. Peter's, while it would be the second meeting with Ball State.
Tulsa begins its second season as a member of Conference USA with a three-game road swing. TU will begin in Dallas on January 2, facing the SMU Mustangs, which own a 16-7 lead in the overall series. Tulsa, however, has won seven of the last 10 meetings between the two teams, including two victories last season.
Tulsa will travel to Birmingham, Ala. on Jan. 5 to take on UAB. The Blazers captured a 60-57 win over the Golden Hurricane last season to tie the overall series, 1-1. TU will then travel to Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 7 to face the Lady Tigers. Tulsa dominated Memphis, 93-40, for TU's largest margin of victory last season. The win tied the series, 1-1.
After nearly a month on the road, TU returns home to take on Tulane and UTEP on Jan. 12 and Jan. 14, respectively. The Hurricane captured two wins over the Green Wave last season to take a 2-1 lead in the series, and split decisions with the Miners. UTEP holds a 10-6 advantage in the overall series. Tulsa will have a week off before facing SMU at home on Jan. 21.
Tulsa will take to the road again to face Houston on Jan. 25 and Rice on Jan. 27 to close out the month. Tulsa claimed two wins last year against the Cougars by an average of 24 points. TU took on the Owls three times last season, winning two of the three games, including a 55-52 win in the C-USA Championship game.
Tulsa will host the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss on February 1, before hitting the road again on Feb. 4 to take on UCF. The Golden Hurricane captured wins in both meetings last season against Southern Miss for a 2-0 lead in the series, and earned a 71-43 victory in the first-ever meeting with the Golden Knights.
TU will host a four-game homestand beginning Feb. 9, as the Golden Hurricane takes on Marshall. Tulsa dominated the Thundering Herd in the inaugural meeting last season, 81-56. The East Carolina Pirates will come to town on Feb. 11. Last season, TU took two from ECU to lead the series 2-0. On Feb. 15 and Feb. 17, the Golden Hurricane will host Houston and Rice, respectively. TU will travel to UTEP on Feb. 22 before closing out the regular season at Tulane on Feb. 24.
Tulsa will host the 2007 Conference USA Women's Basketball Tournament at the Reynolds Center on March 1-4.
"We are looking forward to the opportunity to host the C-USA Women's Basketball Tournament," Thomas-Swinson added. "The fans are our sixth man. They helped us through some close situations last season and having them behind us throughout the season and during tournament play will be a big help to us."
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