San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State University women's head basketball coach Tim La Kose has announced the Spartans' 30-game 2012-13 schedule, with 16 home contests set for Walt McPherson Court.
"We're very excited for the season and think this is a really good schedule for us and our fans," said La Kose, the 2011-12 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Coach of the Year. "This will be the first season in a while that we have more home games than road."
The Spartans last played more games at home than on the road in 2000-01 when 16 of the team's 29 games were contested in San Jose.
San Jose State opens the year on November 1 hosting an exhibition game against Cal State East Bay. The regular season starts eight days later, on November 9, when the Gators of San Francisco State make their way down the peninsula for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off in the Event Center.
The Spartans spend the rest of November on the road with games at Evansville (11/17) and Eastern Illinois (11/19). They end the month on Sunday, November 25, at the University of San Diego.
December opens with a four-game home stand. Cal State Northridge (12/1), Pacific (12/3), Southern Utah (12/8) visit Walt McPherson Court before cross-town rival Santa Clara closes the home set on December 12 with a 7:00 p.m. tipoff scheduled.
The Spartans close out the non-conference schedule with road games at San Francisco (12/13) and Cal State Fullerton (12/22).
"Our non-conference schedule will do a good job of preparing us for WAC play, " La Kose said, "and that is important because we expect to compete for the WAC championship."
The 18-game WAC schedule begins with two home games, against new conference members Texas State and UTSA on December 29 and 31, respectively.
Utah State (1/12), Denver (1/17) and New Mexico State (1/19) make up the Spartans second of four home stands in conference action.
Seattle comes to San Jose on January 31 followed by the Idaho on February 2. The home portion of the season finishes up on February 28 with UT Arlington and March 2 against Louisiana Tech.
The 2013 WAC Basketball Tournament will be held March 12-16 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The tournament begins on Tuesday, March 12 with seed No. 7 versus No. 10 and No. 8 versus No. 9. On Wednesday, March 13; The winners of Tuesday's opening games play the No. 1 and No. 2 and the No. 3 seed plays No. 6 and No. 5 plays No. 4. The Wednesday winners advance to the semifinal matchups which will be contested on Friday. The winners of those games then advance to the final on Saturday.