San Jose, Calif. – The San Jose State women’s basketball team has announced its 2016-17 schedule, which includes 15 games against teams that competed in the postseason last year.
Ten of SJSU’s 12 non-conference opponents played in the postseason in 2016, including five that competed in the NCAA Tournament (New Mexico State, Arizona State, Hawai’i, Mississippi State and San Francisco). The other five (Santa Clara, Oregon, Saint Mary’s, Nebraska and South Dakota) participated in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) with South Dakota winning the WNIT Championship.
Included in the team’s non-conference schedule will be a three-game Thanksgiving tournament at Hawai’i. The games are scheduled for November 25 (at Hawai’i), 26 (vs. Mississippi State) and 27 (vs. Oregon).
Combined, the Spartans preseason opponents posted a 272-118 (.697) record last year and went 13-9 (.590) in postseason tournament action. Three won conference titles - New Mexico State (WAC), Hawai’i (Big Wes) and San Francisco (WCC) – and, as mentioned before, South Dakota won the WNIT Championship.
The Spartans season begins with an exhibition game in The Event Center on November 1 against Sonoma State. The team’s regular season non-conference home games include Pacific (Nov. 18), Santa Clara (Nov. 20), Saint Mary’s (Dec. 3) and Stanislaus State (Dec. 18).
The road portion of the non-conference schedule lays out with games at New Mexico State (Nov. 11), Arizona State (Nov. 13), the three-game tournament in Hawai’i (Nov. 25, 26 & 27), San Francisco (Dec. 6), Nebraska (Dec. 9) and South Dakota (Dec. 11).
Eleven days after wrapping up non-conference action, the Spartans open Mountain West Conference play hosting Nevada (Dec. 29). On December 31 the team gets the first of two byes in league play. The second comes on February 1.
The front half of the MW schedule is loaded with tough road opponents. After the Nevada game SJSU has back-to-back road games at Colorado State (Jan. 4) and Fresno State (Jan. 7). The team will also play at Wyoming (Jan. 18) and Boise State (Jan. 21).
In addition to Nevada, the first half of the home schedule features San Diego State (Jan. 11) and Air Force (Jan. 14) and Colorado State (Jan. 25). The second half of the conference’s 18 game schedule included home games against New Mexico (Feb. 4), UNLV (Feb. 11), Fresno State (Feb. 15), Boise State (Feb. 25) and Wyoming (Mar. 3).
In the Mountain West’s unbalanced schedule, the Spartans will face New Mexico (home) and Utah State (away) only once and all other member institutions twice.
The 2017 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship will be will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., March 6-10.