2015-16 San José State Women's Basketball schedule
San Jose, Calif. – Head Coach Jamie Craighead announced the 2015-16 San José State women’s basketball schedule on Monday morning. The 31-game slate includes 29 regular season contests and the team opens the year with a pair of exhibition games.
“We’re really excited about our schedule for this year,” Coach Craighead said. “The non-conference schedule is designed to get us ready and have us playing our best when we open conference play.”
To prepare for the regular season, the Spartans host Sonoma State and Holy Names University in a pair of exhibitions. Sonoma State will be on Walt McPherson Court on November 1. On November 9, Holy Names makes its first appearance in The Event Center.
The non-conference portion of the regular season consists of 11 games, six at home and five on the road.
The season opens on November 13 with the return to The Event Center of Southern Oregon University. The Spartans and Raiders combined for 201 points in SJSU’s 110-91 win last season. The 201 points are the most in a Spartans’ women’s basketball game in the history of The Event Center.
San José State then hits the road for its longest stretch of games away from home, four straight. On November 15, the team is at Saint Mary’s to renew a series for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Seven days later, on November 22, SJSU plays at CSU Bakersfield. The road odyssey wraps up with games against two Pac-12 opponents. On November 27, the Spartans will be in Pullman, Wash., to face the Washington State Cougars and then travel to Eugene, Ore., for a game against the Ducks on November 30.
The team is back on Walt McPherson Court to host San Francisco on December 6 and South Dakota on December 8, before making its last non-conference road trip to Stockton to take on the Pacific Tigers on December 12.
Non-conference action wraps up with a three-game home stand starting with New Mexico State (Dec. 17), followed three days later versus UC Irvine (Dec. 20) and completed against Hawai’i (Dec. 22).
“Another plus in the non-conference schedule is that, except for the Washington State and Oregon trip, we are playing ‘local’ schools,” Craighead said. “Our fans will be able to see us and our players won’t miss class during the fall term.”
The Spartans open Mountain West play on Wednesday, December 30 in Logan, Utah against Utah State. They are then home for a pair of games, January 2 versus Air Force and January 6 against San Diego State.
The January slate continues at Colorado State on January 9 and Wyoming on January 13. Those games are followed by visits to The Event Center from Fresno State (January 16) and Boise State (January 20). The team’s final game before the start of the spring semester is at New Mexico on January 23.
“We have three tough road trips, at Colorado State, Wyoming and New Mexico,” said Craighead. “Those are three difficult places to play and it will be good for us to focus on just those games without worrying about school work. They come during our winter break, so we will have everyone’s full attention.”
San José State first game of the spring semester is at home against Colorado State (January 27) and is followed by road games at Air Force (January 30) and Fresno State (February 3).
The first of two bye weeks in conference play comes on February 6. After the bye, UNLV will be in San Jose on February 10. New Mexico is in town on February 13, which will be the Play4Kay Pink Game. The team is then at Nevada (February 17) and at San Diego State (February 20) before getting its second bye.
“We’ll be fresh early on in league play because of the winter break,” Craighead said, “so having the bye weeks in the second half really benefit us.”
The first two of the final three games of the regular season are in The Event Center. On February 27, Utah State is on Walt McPherson Court and then on March 1, Senior Night the Spartans host Wyoming. The regular season for SJSU wraps up at Boise State on March 4 and then the team heads to Las Vegas, Nev., from March 7-11, for the Mountain West Championship.