Texas Tech women’s basketball released its 2012-2013 schedule Tuesday afternoon, and the Lady Raiders’ non-conference slate features four teams that made the postseason last season.
Tech opens the season at 2012 Women’s NIT qualifier Arizona State on Nov. 11 before traveling to Albuquerque to face New Mexico.
After seven consecutive home games — including a Dec. 16 match against 2012 WNIT qualifier Northern Colorado — the Lady Raiders face their toughest non-conference test against Michigan State and Oregon State Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.
Last season, the Spartans were a 10-seed in the NCAA tournament, and the Beavers reached the third round of the WNIT.
“In a road environment, playing that level of competition only prepares you for Big 12 play,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said. “So the four games we feel like we have on the road this year are definitely difficult and good environments for us to be in.”
Tech returns home to host Houston Dec. 30 before beginning Big 12 play at Oklahoma State on Jan. 2.
The Lady Raiders’ first home conference game is Jan. 5 against Iowa State.
On Feb. 17, the Lady Raiders will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1993 national championship team — the only national title the school owns in any team sport — against rival Texas.
The 1993 national championship team members and coaches will return for a weekend-long celebration of the title, but Curry was mum on all the details of the weekend.
The Big 12 Championship is in the American Airlines Center in March in Dallas, giving the Lady Raiders two trips to the Metroplex with TCU now joining its former Southwest Conference peers.
The Lady Raiders open with one exhibition against Midwestern State on Nov. 4.
With the exception of Oklahoma State and TCU, all of Tech’s Big 12 conference opponents made the NCAA Tournament last season. The Cowgirls qualified for and eventually won the WNIT.
Tech finished last season 21-14, including a 6-12 clip in the Big 12 and a third-round finish in the WNIT.
“I think (all the games are) pivotal when you play in this league; it’s the No. 1 RPI in the country,” Curry said. “You focus on that next game. Right now the next game on our schedule is against Midwestern State, so we’re taking it one at a time.”
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