#AztecWBB Announces Non-Conference Schedule
Aug 29, 2013
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team will be tested early this season, as six schools that advanced to postseason competition a year ago await the Aztecs during the non-conference portion of their 2013-14 schedule released Thursday by head coach Stacie Terry.
"We have a very demanding road ahead of us, but I am anxious to get started," Terry said. "Our non-conference schedule will really challenge our young team early because we are playing some of the best teams in the country. However, these games will provide us the opportunity to grow as a team and give us confidence heading into conference play in the new and improved Mountain West."
The two-time defending regular-season MW champions will first step on the hardwood with an exhibition game against Cal State San Marcos on Nov. 5 at Viejas Arena beginning at 6 p.m. PT. Following the friendly, SDSU travels to the capital city to face Sacramento State on Nov. 10, starting at 2 p.m. PT. The Aztecs will open on the road for the seventh time in the last 10 years when they square off against the Hornets, a team they last played during the 2008-09 campaign.
SDSU continues its road swing three days later on Nov. 13 with a trip to USC in a rare Wednesday afternoon clash, beginning at 3 p.m. PT. The Aztecs will look to make it two straight against the Women of Troy in their first-ever appearance at Galen Center after posting an 80-46 victory last year on the Viejas Arena floor.
The Scarlet and Black will return to "America's Finest City" for its official home opener on Nov. 18, when crosstown rival San Diego pays a visit to Montezuma Mesa for a 6 p.m. PT opening tip. SDSU rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit for a tough 58-54 victory at Jenny Craig Pavilion last season over a formidable Torero squad that advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
The homestand continues on Nov. 23 with a clash against South Carolina starting at 2 p.m. PT. The Gamecocks, who progressed to the second round of the NCAA tournament and tied for 16th in the final USA Today Coaches Poll last year, emerged with a close 59-55 decision over the Aztecs at the 2009 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam in the only meeting between the two schools.
SDSU will play the first of its final two road tilts before the semester break on Nov. 30, when it ventures up the coast to battle UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m. PT. The Aztecs, who came away with a 69-46 home victory over the Gauchos in the first round of the WNIT last season, will be making their first trip to The Thunderdome since the 1998-99 campaign.
SDSU will face another daunting challenge four days later on Dec. 3, when it travels to Texas A&M for a 7 p.m. CT encounter. The Aggies, who captured the national championship in 2011, finished with a No. 14 ranking in the final USA Today Coaches Poll last season after falling to Nebraska in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Following a 12-day hiatus, the Aztecs return to the court on Dec. 15 for a 2 p.m. PT showdown with 2013 Pac-12 tournament runner-up UCLA at Viejas Arena. The Bruins defeated SDSU at Pauley Pavilion in the season opener last year and will be making just their fourth trek to The Mesa since 1992. UCLA finished 11th in the final NCAA RPI ratings a year ago after losing to Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
In its final tune-up before the holiday break, the Scarlet and Black welcomes Mid-American Conference member Miami of Ohio to the Viejas Arena floor on Dec. 19, starting at 6 p.m. PT. The RedHawks represent the Aztecs' first MAC opponent since they defeated Western Michigan at the San Diego Surf `N Slam in 2007.
Now in its ninth year, the San Diego Surf `N Slam Classic will feature yet another attractive lineup at Viejas Arena this season, including 2013 WNIT participants Kansas State and North Carolina State, along with Big West Conference foe UC Riverside. The Aztecs will engage UCR in the opener on Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. PT, while the Wildcats-Wolfpack showdown in game two is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. tip. Following an off-day, the consolation game is set for Dec. 30 at 3:30 p.m. PT, while the championship final is slated to get underway at 6 p.m.
Three days later, SDSU will open its 2014 Mountain West schedule on Jan. 2 against Colorado State at home, starting at 6 p.m. PT.
Season tickets for the 2013-14 San Diego State women's basketball home season are on sale now, starting at just $60. They can be purchased online at www.goaztecs.com, over the phone by calling 619-283-7378, or by visiting the Aztec Ticket Office at Qualcomm Stadium's Window E. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.