Complete Schedule In PDF Format
DENTON, Texas - North Texas released the women's basketball schedule for the 2011-12 season, Karen Aston's first as head coach of the Mean Green. The schedule includes 12 home games, plus marquee non-conference showdowns with New Mexico, SMU and Alabama coming to the Super Pit, and games against Oregon State, Arizona and Texas away from home.
The rugged schedule contains 13 games, plus a potential 14th in the Rice Tournament, against teams which made the WNIT or NCAA Tournament last season.
"Seeing the schedule released always creates excitement, and this is no exception," said Aston. "Beginning with non-conference play, 2011-12 presents an enormous challenge for our team. I am excited that we were able to create the series with UT-Arlington and continue with SMU. I am a big fan of playing within the state of Texas, and the addition of the Rice Tournament and the trip to Austin allows us to do just that."
The Mean Green starts the Aston era at UT-Arlington, renewing a cross-town rivalry that hasn't been contested since 2004. North Texas then has a three game homestand starting with the home opener on Nov. 14 against New Mexico, before taking on Oral Roberts on Nov. 16, and cross-town rivals SMU on Nov. 22.
North Texas will also host WNIT participant Alabama on Dec. 7, which marks the first time a Southeastern Conference foe has come to the Super Pit since 2002-03, when LSU visited the Mean Green.
North Texas makes road trips to face power-conference foes Arizona, who participated in the 2011 WNIT and Texas, who made the 2011 NCAA Tournament, in addition to a neutral site game against Oregon State at the Rice Tournament.
The Mean Green open league play on Dec. 28 against the 2011 Sun Belt Tournament Champions UALR. North Texas hosts the other 2011 NCAA Tournament representative from the Sun Belt Conference on Feb. 2, as Middle Tennessee comes into town.
"I think the non-conference schedule will prepare us for the rigors of the Sun Belt, which continues to get stronger and stronger," said Aston. "Even though it is a very tough schedule, I believe our players and fans love the challenge and will enjoy seeing highly competitive basketball."
The Mean Green will host Senior Day on Feb. 18, as they face Louisiana-Lafayette in the home finale. Troy, Western Kentucky, Denver, Arkansas State and ULM round out the home Sun Belt schedule.
For the fourth straight year, the Mean Green go to Hot Springs, Ark. for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at the Summit Arena and Convention Center, from March 2-5.