COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M and the Southeastern Conference announced the 2013-14 women’s basketball schedule on Tuesday morning.
“We are very excited in the makeup of our schedule and the challenges that it will present to us in developing our team,” Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair said. “This season we will be playing 12 games against teams that participated in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, seven games against teams that participated in the WNIT and three former National Champions in Texas, Louisiana Tech, and Tennessee.”
Following an exhibition on Nov. 3, the new campaign officially gets underway on Monday, Nov. 11, when the Aggies travel to Denton for the season-opening tilt with the Mean Green of North Texas.
Just two days later the maroon-and-white will have their home-opener against Prairie View A&M before going on the road to face the Houston Cougars at historic Hofheinz Pavilion on Sunday, Nov. 17.
The Aggies will take a short break prior to their Thanksgiving trip to the US Virgin Islands where they will take part in the Paradise Jam. A&M will be featured in contests against Memphis, Texas and Syracuse. Games at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center will take place Nov. 28-30.
In early December, A&M will return home to face two west-coast postseason participants from a season ago. San Diego State will travel to Reed Arena on Dec. 3 followed by Washington on Dec. 7.
The Aggies return to the road on Sunday, Dec. 15, for a trip to Happy Valley for a rematch of last season’s contest with the Lady Lions of Penn State. One week later A&M will take part in the Maggie Dixon classic, at Madison Square Garden, against the Red Storm of St. John’s. In between the two road games A&M will host Nicholls State on Dec. 17.
Following the Christmas break, Blair’s team will return to the friendly confines of Reed Arena to close out the non-conference slate with match-ups against Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State and UTEP on Dec. 28, Dec. 30 and Jan. 2, respectively.
The defending SEC tournament champions will open their conference slate with Alabama at home on Jan. 5, with a return trip to Tuscaloosa slated for Feb. 16.
Following the conference home-opener the Aggies will travel to Baton Rouge for a date with LSU on Jan. 9, the Lady Tigers will head to College Station on Feb. 9.
Continuing the early conference road swing, A&M will face off with Georgia in Athens on Jan. 12 with a rematch set for Feb. 13 in College Station. Blair’s squad will welcome South Carolina to town on Jan. 16 followed by Vic Schaefer and the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Jan. 19.
The Aggies will then travel to Missouri to face the Tigers in Columbia on Jan. 23 before welcoming Tennessee to Texas on Jan. 26. Following the matchup with the Lady Vols, A&M will set out for a two game road stretch at Auburn on Jan. 30 and Vanderbilt on Feb. 2.
A&M will close out the SEC regular season with road trips to Ole Miss on Feb. 20 and Florida on March 2 to go along with home dates against Kentucky on Feb. 23 and Arkansas on Feb. 27.
The Aggies are set to defend their conference tournament title beginning March 5 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The NCAA Tournament is set to begin two weeks later on March 22.
Women’s basketball season tickets are on sale now; contact the 12th Man Foundation for additional information or to order tickets by calling 888-992-4443 or logging onto www.12thManFoundation.com.
University officials are negotiating an additional contest that has not been agreed upon at this time - stay tuned to aggieathletics.com for additional information.
Quotes from Head Coach Gary Blair
“Our SEC Schedule presents the most challenging home conference schedule in A&M basketball history. Nationally-ranked teams from last year, including Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina, and Georgia, will all come to Reed Arena. All these are top 25 pre-season-ranked teams.
“Sunday, Jan. 19th will be a special game when we welcoming back Vic Schaefer and his Mississippi State squad. Vic is doing a great job in rebuilding the Bulldog program and it will be an exciting opportunity for Aggies to welcome him back to College Station.
“We are also privileged to play in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York against NCAA participant St. John’s. To be part of honoring the spirit of Maggie Dixon is certainly important to our team as well as taking the floor in the mecca of basketball, Madison Square Garden. UConn, last year's NCAA Champion, will make it’s second appearance in the Maggie Dixon Classic to take on 2013 NCAA Tournament Final Four participant California in the second matchup.
Conference Scheduling Notes
The conference season will begin on Thursday, Jan. 2 and end on Sunday, March 2. This marks the fifth year of the 16-game schedule for women’s basketball and the second with 14 teams.
The schedule for women’s basketball is a single round robin with home and away games against one permanent opponent and two random opponents. The permanent opponents are: Alabama – Auburn; Arkansas – Missouri; Florida – Georgia; Kentucky – South Carolina; LSU – Texas A&M; Ole Miss – Mississippi State; and Tennessee – Vanderbilt. The random opponents change annually.
The entire SEC television schedule will be announced in a few weeks.
During the week of Jan. 19-26, SEC member institutions will participate in the third annual “We Back Pat” Week. The week-long initiative is focused on bringing awareness and recognition to the Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, and its fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Additional information on the Foundation can be found at www.PatSummitt.org.
The regular season concludes with the 2014 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament being held for the second consecutive year at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. The tournament will include all 14 teams it begins on Wednesday, March 5 and concludes with the championship game on Sunday, March 9.
The full SEC women’s basketball conference schedule can be viewed at www.SECdigitalnetwork.com.