SDSU Women's Basketball Announces Its 2006-07 Season Schedule
Aug. 8, 2006
SAN DIEGO -
Sixteen home games and the second edition of the San Diego Surf `N Slam highlight the 2006-07 Aztec women's basketball schedule announced Tuesday by SDSU head coach Beth Burns.
"This season, we worked to upgrade our schedule, because we feel that our team is ready to face the challenge," Burns said. "We have a lot of home games during the non-conference portion of the year, which will only help our young squad prepare to play in one of the best conferences in the country."
This year will mark the second time in the last three seasons that the Aztecs have played host to 16 home contests, also doing so in 2004-05. Just four of the team's 12 possible non-conference foes appeared on last season's schedule, however, an additional three schools - Nevada, Southern Utah and Utah Valley State - faced SDSU during the 2004-05 campaign.
Only one team, George Washington, is a potential first-time opponent for the Aztecs, as the Colonials will take part along with perennial powerhouse University of Georgia and Brown University, at the second annual San Diego Surf `N Slam, slated for Dec. 28 and 30, at Cox Arena.
"With a tremendous field, including two 2006 NCAA tournament teams, the Surf `N Slam will be a highlight of our non-conference season," Burns said. "Georgia has the potential to be ranked in the top four in the nation in the preseason polls and George Washington ended last year in the top 25. Brown was also a co-champion of the Ivy League, which should make for some exciting basketball."
The Mountain West Conference portion of the schedule, which runs from Jan. 4 through March 3, has once again experienced some change. SDSU will play league games on four possible days of the week as opposed to last year's Wednesday/Thursday and Saturday format. The Aztecs have five games each on Thursdays and Saturdays and three contests on both Wednesdays and Sundays.
"With four teams going to the NCAA tournament, Utah getting to the Elite Eight and three athletes being selected in the WNBA Draft, 2006 was certainly a banner year for the Mountain West Conference," Burns said. "This season will be just as challenging and the partnership we have with CSTV will provide a lot of opportunities, both home and away, for our fans to see us play."
The Aztecs start 2006-07 with a pair of exhibition games at home against the Arizona Venom (Nov. 7) and Love & Basketball (Nov. 11). The season officially kicks off Nov. 14, when San Diego State plays host to Nevada. The opener is the team's earliest since 1998, while it marks the first time the team has started the year at home since 2003-04.
After another home date against UC Davis on Nov. 17, SDSU plays three straight road games. The Aztecs head across town for a meeting with USD on Sunday, Nov. 19, before embarking on its only non-conference road trip outside of California. SDSU plays at Utah Valley State (Nov. 22) and Southern Utah (Nov. 24), two schools it notched victories against in 2004-05.
The Aztecs spend the entire month of December at home, taking on Wichita State (Dec. 3), Cal Poly (Dec. 7), St. Mary's (Dec. 10) and Pepperdine (Dec. 21).
For the second consecutive year, the team ends its non-conference slate with the San Diego Surf `N Slam tournament, sponsored by Basketball Travelers, Inc., Dec. 28 and 30, at Cox Arena. Each day will feature a pair of games, highlighted by the championship contest on Dec. 30.
The Aztecs kick off 2007 and the new-look Mountain West Conference schedule with a road trip to Utah on Jan. 4 and UNLV on Jan. 6. Five of San Diego State's first eight league outings are on the road, while the second half of the schedule is highlighted by back-to-back home games versus TCU (Feb. 28) and New Mexico (March 3).
The Aztecs will have as few as three days off at the end of the regular season to prepare for the 2007 Mountain West Conference Championships, slated for March 6-10, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The MWC tournament returns to Las Vegas in 2007, after being held in Denver the last three years.
"It's been a good summer for us," Burns said. "Most of our newcomers have gotten the opportunity to enroll in summer school, get acclimated and begin their training. We're excited about the direction of our program and can't wait to get started."