PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University Women’s Basketball Head Coach June Daugherty announced the 2014-15 nonconference schedule Friday.
The slate is highlighted with a season-opening four-game homestand and a trip to Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout in late November. WSU will face four teams who are coming off of NCAA Tournament appearances including Final Four participant University of Maryland. Following the nonconference slate, the Cougars will face another challenging year in the Pac-12 Conference where five more NCAA Tournament teams await including Final Four participant Stanford University twice.
“Our talented basketball team has worked diligently throughout the offseason and is looking forward to competing against some outstanding teams this year,” Daugherty stated. “We will utilize each game to continue to grow together as a team and improve each time we take the floor.”
Following an exhibition contest against Central Methodist University (Nov. 2), out of Missouri, the Cougars will tip off the regular-season with a four-game homestand beginning Nov. 14 against the University of Dayton. The Flyers posted an 86-76 victory over WSU in Ohio last season and later won the Atlantic-10 Conference and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Cougars will host Idaho State University two days later (Nov. 16) before welcoming in the University of Nebraska Nov. 19 in Beasley Coliseum for a rematch of last year’s contest that saw WSU upset the tenth-ranked Huskers 76-72 in Lincoln. A couple days later, Washington State will close out the homestand against Seattle University (Nov. 21).
In late November, the Cougars open their longest road trip of the season, traveling to Virginia to face Hampton University (Nov. 25), an NCAA Tournament team last season. WSU will then make the trek down to Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout Nov. 25-29 where they will face the University of Michigan, a WNIT participant last season, and the University of Maryland, an NCAA Tournament Final Four team a season ago. Dates of the tournament will be announced at a later date.
The Cougars return to the west coast to open December with a pair of road contests, facing UC Santa Barbara in California Dec. 4 and making the short trip up to Spokane to renew its rivalry with Gonzaga University (Dec. 9), another NCAA Tournament team last season.
Following an 11-day break for finals, the Washington State will close out their nonconference schedule hosting Montana State University Dec. 20 and a road trip to southern California to match up against Loyola Marymount University Dec. 22 in Los Angeles.
The Pac-12 Conference schedule and television selections will be announced in September.