Mitchell, Women's Basketball Release Complete 2015-16 Schedule
Oklahoma Highlights Non-Con Play, Tough C-USA Competition To Visit Super Pit
DENTON - Entering a new era under first-year head coach Jalie Mitchell, the North Texas women’s basketball team has finalized a 2015-16 schedule that includes plenty of high-profile matchups throughout the year.
With a total of 30 currently scheduled games, the Mean Green officially kicks off the season on November 13 with a home tilt against San Francisco, a team that participated in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament last season. In all, North Texas will take the court 10 times against opponents that saw postseason action in 2015.
Coming off a season in which North Texas picked up only five wins, Mitchell thinks there’s plenty to be excited about in the year to come.
“I think we’ll have the advantage of home court this season,” Mitchell said. “We have a lot of great teams coming here and playing on your court always helps your chances of winning.”
Mitchell continued, “With teams like Oklahoma and San Francisco, we’ll get some great competition early in the season that will allow us to be tested and hopefully we can use that going forward.”
In addition to San Francisco, the Mean Green’s non-conference home schedule is highlighted by games against Arizona (Nov. 27) and metroplex rival SMU (Dec. 1).
The team will hit the road to take on Oklahoma (Nov. 16) and Texas State (Nov. 21) in the schedule’s non-conference portion. The Sooners are coming off their 16th straight NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Sherri Coale, while Texas State participated in the Women’s Basketball Invitational last year.
In total, only five games from the Mean Green’s non-conference slate will be away from the Super Pit.
For the third consecutive season, North Texas will host the Hospitality Hill Tournament on December 4-5. The Mean Green will face off against Weber State and IUPUI after taking on UMass and Eastern Illinois in the two-day tournament a year ago.
“I think playing at home is important to anybody,” Mitchell said. “It’s always great to play in front of your fans, and it’s a perfect opportunity for our players to shine in front of those that have loved and supported them.”
North Texas will open the conference portion of its schedule when it plays host to Conference USA foe UTSA on New Year's Day. Throughout the season, the Mean Green will have home-and-home matchups with Rice, LA Tech and Charlotte, as well as WNIT-qualifiers Southern Miss and Old Dominion.
Additionally, the Mean Green will have one shot to face off against the defending C-USA champion WKU Lady Toppers. With WKU coming off a 30-5 season that placed them in the NCAA Tournament, that game will come on January 16 when North Texas makes the trip to Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Mitchell sees a tough C-USA lineup as an opportunity for the Mean Green this season.
“This conference gives North Texas the chance to make a name for itself,” Mitchell said. “I think Conference USA is very strong, and every week we’ll be playing teams that are recognizable.”
The season will culminate into the 2016 Conference USA Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, from March 8-12. For the first time in the C-USA's history, each of the 14 member institutions will be invited to compete in the five-day single-elimination tournament to crown the league champion.
To view the 2015-16 women's basketball schedule in its entirety, click here.