Women's Basketball Announces Schedule
Aug. 14, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - Nineteen contests against teams that reached postseason play a year ago highlight the 2014-15 TCU women's basketball schedule, first-year head coach Raegan Pebley announced Friday.
The Horned Frogs, who return nine letterwinners from last season's squad that claimed 18 wins and earned a WNIT berth, will play 17 of their 29 regular-season games at TCU's University Recreation Center while Daniel-Meyer Coliseum undergoes a $59 million renovation.
TCU will play 11 non-conference games beginning with its season opener against Houston Baptist on Nov. 14. Seven of the 11 contests come against teams that reached postseason play a year ago, including a road tilt at Georgia and a home game against Texas A&M, which advanced to the Elite Eight last season.
"Our non-conference schedule is one that will prepare us for Big 12 conference play," Pebley said. "We have the challenge of playing some very talented post-season tournament teams. While there is a balance to our schedule, we will need to bring it every game.
"You won't hear one ounce of complaining from us about playing at the Rec Center," Pebley continued. "Only good will come from this great opportunity. First and foremost, the renovation of Daniel-Meyer is so worth it! We have an opportunity to create a fun atmosphere that will be packed and loud!"
The Horned Frogs enter their third season playing in one of the nation's premier women's basketball leagues and will play each member of the 10-team Big 12 Conference in home-and-away contests, beginning with the opener at Texas Tech on Jan. 3. Twelve of the 18 games will be played against NCAA Tournament squads from 2013-14.
"The Big 12 is a conference where every game will be a battle," Pebley said. "The opportunities and challenges that lie ahead are tremendous."
TCU officially kicks off a new era of women's basketball under Pebley and staff on Nov. 14 against Houston Baptist at the University Recreation Center before traveling for its road opener at Georgia on Nov. 16.
The Frogs return home to play host to Metroplex rival SMU on Nov. 19 and welcome Texas Southern to campus three days later (Dec. 22).
TCU takes to the road to compete in the OMNI Classic over Thanksgiving break in Boulder, Colo., where the Frogs will face Colorado State (Nov. 28) and either Colorado or Missouri State (Nov. 29).
The Frogs will host the final five non-conference contests, beginning with a showdown of in-state foe and Southeastern Conference member Texas A&M on Dec. 7.
TCU will then host Lamar and Prairie View A&M on Dec. 11 and Dec. 13, respectively, marking at least three-straight contests against postseason squads from a year ago. The Frogs close out the non-conference slate at home against Sam Houston State (Dec. 21) and UC-Irvine (Dec. 30).
On Jan. 3, the Frogs open Big 12 play at Lubbock against Texas Tech, where TCU claimed its first-ever Big 12 road victory last season.
TCU faces Iowa State in the Big 12 home opener on Jan. 7 and welcomes 2014 Sweet 16 squad Oklahoma State to Fort Worth on Jan. 10.
TCU heads north for Kansas on Jan. 14 before returning home to play host to Oklahoma on Jan. 17. Last season's contest against the Sooners in Fort Worth provided one of the top moments of the year when the Frogs pulled out a 76-66 victory in the final contest at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, capped by a bucket from senior Meagan Henson to fellow senior Alexann Yancey in the closing seconds.
The Frogs then return to Iowa State (Jan. 21) for the first time since their thrilling 61-60 victory over the Cyclones last season when Donielle Breaux drained the game-winning 3-pointer in the final seconds, and remain on the road to take on Oklahoma State on Jan. 24.
TCU hosts back-to-back games against Baylor and Texas on Jan. 27 and Jan. 31, respectively. The Bears advanced to the Elite Eight a year ago, while TCU earned its first-ever win over the Longhorns at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Frogs will hit the road for three of the next four games to kick off the month of February, traveling to West Virginia (Feb. 4), Kansas State (Feb. 11) and Oklahoma (Feb. 14) with a home contest against Texas Tech on Feb. 8.
TCU then hosts three of the next four games against Kansas (Feb. 17), West Virginia (Feb. 24) and K-State (Feb. 28) with the lone road tilt at Baylor (Feb. 21), and round out the regular season in Austin on March 3 against Texas.
The Frogs won't have to travel far for the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, which will be played at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on March 6-9.