A home game against ACC powerhouse Duke coupled with seven other teams who competed in postseason play in 2011 are on the calendar for the 2011-2012 non-conference schedule for the BYU women’s basketball team, announced head coach Jeff Judkins.
Teams featured on the schedule include two Pac-12 teams, two from the Big Sky Conference and the WAC, one from the Big 10 and the Big East as well as Conference USA.
“We’re excited about our non-conference schedule which is one of our toughest in recent years,” Judkins said. “We’re excited about our team and the new players coming in, and this schedule will be challenging for them.”
Duke makes its first-ever appearance in the Marriott Center on Nov. 11 with Wisconsin playing on Nov. 23 and Easter Washington on Nov. 26. The Blue Devils advanced to the Elite Eight in last year’s NCAA tournament.
“The game against Duke will be a great opportunity for us to showcase our team and we want to have great support from our fans,” Judkins said.
In mid-November the Cougars go on a three-game road swing to Tulsa on Nov. 14, head to Kansas State on Nov. 16, finishing at instate rival Weber State on Nov. 19.
BYU concludes the month of November in Laie, Hawai’i with a game against BYU-Hawaii in the fourth annual Hukilau Invitational hosted by both schools. The Cougars are scheduled to also play Arizona and Syracuse and in the Invitational on Dec. 1-2.
December at home features matchups against instate rivals SUU on Dec. 8 and the University of Utah on Dec. 10. The Cougars continue playing instate opponents traveling to Logan on Dec. 17 to battle Utah State.
The final home game of the year brings Nevada on Dec. 22. The Wolfpack was one of the five teams that competed in the 2011 postseason WNIT.
BYU returns seven players from last year’s team that compiled a 25-9, 15-1 record, won the MWC regular season crown and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the postseason WNIT. Coach Judkins picked up his third conference Coach of the Year citation.
BYU Women’s Basketball 2011-12
Nov. 4 v. Dixie State (Exh.)
Nov. 11 v. Duke
Nov. 14 @ Tulsa
Nov. 16 @ Kansas State
Nov. 19 @ Weber State
Nov. 23 v. Wisconsin
Nov. 26 v. Eastern Washington
Nov. 30 @ BYU-Hawai’i
Dec. 1 v. Arizona @ BYU-H
Dec. 2 v. Syracuse @ BYU-H
Dec. 8 v. Southern Utah
Dec. 10 v. Utah
Dec. 17 @ Utah State
Dec. 22 v. Nevada