Women's Basketball Releases 2013-14 Schedule
Aug. 12, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball program announced its 2013-14 schedule Monday.
"This is a good schedule for our team," said head coach Jeff Mittie. "We play three high quality teams in three days at the Hardwood Tournament of Hope over Thanksgiving, while a majority of the rest of our non-conference games will be at home. That is a huge positive for our young group before we head into Big 12 play. As always, the league will be very strong from top to bottom, so it is important that we get several of our young players into the rotation early."
The Horned Frogs 2013-14 campaign features 15 programs that made postseason last March, including 10 who qualified for the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Entering its second year in the Big 12 Conference, a young TCU squad returns four starters and its top-two scorers from a year ago. The league sent a total of eight out of its 10 teams to postseason play last season, including seven programs to the NCAA Tournament for a fourth-straight year. The conference was also the only league to place 70 percent of its teams in the NCAA Tournament.
In all, the Big 12, who concluded the season No. 1 in conference RPI, was the only conference with every team in the top-53 of the final Collegiate Basketball News' strength of schedule. The Big 12 also led the nation in non-conference winning percentage for a third-straight year.
The Frogs non-conference schedule is highlighted by a Thanksgiving trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where the Purple and White will face off against postseason participants Florida Gulf Coast, South Dakota State and Purdue on respective days. It marks the only time prior to conference play that TCU will leave the state of Texas.
In all, eight of the Frogs 12 non-conference games will be at the friendly confines of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum where TCU is an astonishing 180-46 since Mittie's arrival on campus. Four of the eight games will feature programs that made postseason play last March.
Tip-off times and broadcast information for all games will be announced at a later date. Dates are subject to change based off of television.
The Horned Frogs open their season at home Saturday, Nov. 9 against Louisiana-Monroe before traveling to Garland, Texas for a match-up against crosstown foe and WNIT participant SMU on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Following back-to-back home games against Texas State (Nov. 16) and Grambling State (Nov. 18), the Frogs will head south to Mexico for the Hardwood Tournament of Hope.
The three-day tournament, which will take place Nov. 26-28, features games against Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 26), South Dakota State (Nov. 27) and Purdue (Nov. 28). FGCU finished last season with a 27-7 record before falling in the WNIT, while SDSU made the NCAA Tournament after capturing the Summit League Championship. Purdue is coming off a season in which they claimed the Big 10 Tournament title and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
TCU returns home Wednesday, Dec. 4 to face off against Stephen F. Austin before battling Texas-Pan American on Sunday, Dec. 15. The Frogs will close non-conference play with three games against Abilene Christian (Dec. 18), Sam Houston State (Dec. 21) and Prairie View A&M (Dec. 28), who has played in three-straight NCAA Tournaments.
The Frogs open conference play at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Thursday, Jan. 2 against Iowa State before traveling to Texas Tech on Sunday, Jan. 5. Following a home contest versus Kansas on Jan. 8, TCU will hit the road for away matches at defending Big 12 Champion Baylor (Jan. 11) and Oklahoma State (Jan. 14). All four programs made the NCAA Tournament a year ago with the Jayhawks and Bears advancing to the Sweet 16.
The Purple and White will return home to face Texas on Sunday, Jan. 19 before going to Norman, Okla., for a Jan. 25 contest versus Sweet 16 foe Oklahoma. TCU will close the month of January at the DMC against Oklahoma State (Jan. 29).
The Frogs will begin play in February in Fort Worth against West Virginia, who fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago, on Saturday, Feb. 1. TCU will then travel to Iowa State on Feb. 5 before returning to the DMC hardwood for a Feb. 8 contest against Texas Tech.
Following back-to-back road games at Kansas (Feb. 12) and West Virginia (Feb. 16), the Frogs will play two-straight games at home against K-State (Feb. 19) and Baylor (Feb. 22), respectively. The Purple and White will close the month of February at Texas on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
TCU will close its home schedule Saturday, March 1 versus Oklahoma before ending its season at K-State on Monday, March 3.
Oklahoma City will host the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship March 7-10 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.