TexasWBB Releases 2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule

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Home slate features matchups against Mississippi State (Dec. 2) and Stanford (Dec. 13).

• 2015-16 Schedule | PDF
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AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas released its 2015-16 women’s basketball non-conference schedule on Thursday, featuring home contests against Stanford and Mississippi State. The Longhorns will play a total of seven home non-conference games, beginning with the season opener against UTSA on Nov. 14.

UT’s four games away from Austin include trips to Rice (Nov. 21), Tennessee (Nov. 29), Arkansas-Little Rock (Dec. 6), and Arkansas (Dec. 20) in Oklahoma City as part of the previously announced Big 12/SEC Challenge.

The remainder of the schedule, including start times, television coverage, and Big 12 Conference games, will be announced at a later date.

“First of all, I was very pleased with the balance of last year’s schedule — I thought it gave us some unique opportunities to gauge our teams strengths and weaknesses early in the year,” head coach Karen Aston said. “This 2015-16 schedule is just as challenging and balanced. I am pleased that we are able to branch out and play in other areas of Texas — Houston in particular.

“To continue the series with Tennessee and Stanford, along with a huge additional home game with Mississippi State is great for our fans. A chance to represent the Big 12 Conference in the Big 12/SEC Challenge is always humbling and exciting. This schedule should provide us with opportunity and preparation for the Big 12 season, and postseason play.”

The Longhorns are primed to maintain one of the toughest schedules in the country as six of the 11 games on UT’s non-conference slate will be against teams that earned a berth in the 2015 NCAA tournament field of 64. Of those six teams, five advanced past the first round.

Texas’ strength of schedule finished ranked No. 8 last season and No. 13 in 2013-14 (NCAA RPI).

Season Ticket Information:
Texas Women’s Basketball 2015-16 season tickets are currently available for purchase online at TexasSports.com or by calling 512-471-3333.

Texas Women’s Basketball season tickets are now more accessible with an entry-level price option and payment plans. The new entry-level season ticket is priced at $99. Payment plans are available for tickets and Longhorn Foundation contributions, and allow fans to disperse the cost over time.

More information on Women’s Basketball season tickets, including pricing and parking options is available at TexasSports.com/WBBtickets.

2015-16 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

UTSA Roadrunners
Saturday, Nov. 14 / Austin, Texas

  • Last season: 16-15, 11-7 Conference USA (6th)
  • Series: 5-0
  • For the third consecutive year, Texas opens the regular season at home against UTSA. The Roadrunners improved from a 15th-place finish in the 2013-14 Conference-USA standings to a 6th-place finish last season.

NORTHWESTERN STATE Lady Demons
Wednesday, Nov. 18 / Austin, Texas

  • Last season: NCAA First Round / 19-15, 10-8 Southland (6th)
  • Series: 3-0
  • Back-to-back Southland Conference tournament champions Northwestern State will visit Austin for the third consecutive year.

RICE Owls
Saturday, Nov. 21 / Houston, Texas

  • Last season: 9-21, 4-14 Conference USA (12th)
  • Series: 33-1
  • Texas plays its first road game against Rice since Jan. 10, 1996, when both teams were members of the Southwest Conference. Last season the Longhorns defeated Rice 77-54 in Austin.

HAMPTON Lady Pirates
Wednesday, Nov. 25 / Austin, Texas

  • Last season: 19-13, 14-2 MEAC (1st)
  • Series: 1-0
  • Hampton, the reigning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season champions, and Texas will meet for the second time in program history. The first meeting between the teams was in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Championship — a 90-46 Texas victory in Cincinnati, which began the Longhorns’ run to the Final Four.

TENNESSEE Lady Vols
Sunday, Nov. 29 / Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Last season: NCAA Elite 8 / 30-6, 15-1 SEC (t-1st)
  • Series: 13-23
  • Tennessee and Texas meet in Knoxville in a continuation of one of the most traditional non-conference matchups in the sport. This will be the 33rd consecutive season that Longhorns and Lady Vols compete. Texas broke a five-game losing streak in the series with a 72-59 win last season in Austin.

MISSISSIPPI STATE Bulldogs
Wednesday, Dec. 2 / Austin, Texas

  • Last season: NCAA Second Round / 27-7, 11-5 SEC (3rd)
  • Series: 1-1
  • Mississippi State and Texas started as two of the hottest teams last year — both going undefeated in the non-conference regular season. Texas started the season 13-0 and Mississippi State started 18-0. This will be the third time the programs will meet, and the first on a non-neutral site.

UALR Trojans
Sunday, Dec. 6 / Little Rock, Ark.

  • Last season: NCAA Second Round / 29-5, 18-2 Sun Belt (1st)
  • Series: 1-0
  • Karen Aston’s alma mater, Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR), will host the Longhorns on Dec. 6. UALR upset both Oklahoma and Texas A&M last season en route to a program-best 29 victories.

STANFORD Cardinal
Sunday, Dec. 13 / Austin, Texas

  • Last season: NCAA Sweet 16 / 26-10, 13-5 Pac-12 (t-3rd)
  • Series: 3-6
  • Texas and Stanford will meet for the third consecutive season. Last season, the Longhorns snapped Stanford’s 28-game home winning streak at Maples Pavilion and a six-game losing streak in the Texas-Stanford series.

CANISIUS Golden Griffins
Wednesday, Dec. 16 / Austin, Texas

  • Last season: 10-20, 8-12 MAAC (9th)
  • Series: first meeting
  • Canisius is UT’s only first-time opponent on this season’s schedule. The Golden Griffins — based in Buffalo, New York — are members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

ARKANSAS Razorbacks
Sunday, Dec. 20 / Oklahoma City, Okla.

  • Last season: NCAA Second Round / 18-14, 6-10 SEC (10th)
  • Series: 21-3
  •  The second year of the previously announced Big 12/SEC Challenge features matchups between Texas and Arkansas, and Texas A&M and Oklahoma at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena. It will be the first meeting between Texas and Arkansas since 2003, and just the second since 1991.

SAM HOUSTON STATE Bearkats
Sunday, Dec. 27 / Austin, Texas

  • Last season: 6-22, 5-13 Southland (11th)
  • Series: 8-0
  • Former Texas All-American Stacy Stephens returns to the Erwin Center on Dec. 27 as an assistant coach for Sam Houston State. All of the previous eight meetings with the Bearkats have taken place in Austin.