April 26, 2012
Jen Greeny announced Thursday.
The Cougar women will open the year with four non-conference tournaments: at the Idaho Tournament in Moscow, host the Cougar Challenge at Bohler Gym in Pullman, at the Wolf Pack Invitational in Reno, and at the Air Force Academy Tournament in Colorado Springs.
After non-conference play is concluded, Washington State will enter its lengthy Pac-12 schedule, facing each of its conference opponents twice except for Arizona and Arizona State, who the Cougars will play one time each.
The Pac-12, being one of the most competitive conferences in the nation, touted seven teams that earned NCAA Tournament bids last year - Arizona, California, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Washington. Three of those teams were seeded in the top 16 nationally - No. 11 Stanford, No. 9 UCLA, and No. 7 USC. The Women of Troy, the 2011 Pac-12 Conference Champions, joined UCLA in representing the conference in the national semifinals.
The WSU women are currently participating in Spring practice and tournaments, and are intent on increasing the tallies in the win column for the 2012 season. Coach Greeny, who starts her second season mentoring the Cougars, expects the challenging non-conference schedule to be a helpful preface to the 20-match stretch of competitive Pac-12 play.
"We are excited about the 2012 schedule," Coach Greeny said. "I think there is a good mix in the preseason of some challenging matches, but we can also get our team fully prepared for the always-tough Pac-12 schedule."
The Cougars host home matches against USC, UCLA, California, Stanford, Utah, Colorado, Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona, and will end the season at home against Washington the day after WSU football's Apple Cup game.
The schedule for the televised matches on the new Pac-12 Network is expected to be announced this summer.