Sept. 4, 2012
2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule
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By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF women's basketball team will face a challenging schedule in 2012-13 that is highlighted by 14 home games and a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a three-day tournament. The slate, which was announced Tuesday by head coach Joi Williams, features at least eight opponents who earned postseason berths to either the NCAA or WNIT Tournaments a year ago.
"I think our schedule is strong and it will be challenging for us," Williams said. "We face some really good opponents, and we'll be seeing a lot of different styles of play, which is what we like before we go into conference play. I think it will be an exciting year."
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The Knights tip off the season with a home exhibition contest against Lynn on Friday, Nov. 2, before opening the regular season a week later at home against Georgia State.
After a trip to Daytona Beach to face Sweet 16 participant St. John's (Nov. 11), UCF will return to UCF Arena on Nov. 14 to square off against North Florida before embarking on a six-day road trip. The Knights will play at TCU (Nov. 16) before traveling south of the border for the Hardwood Tournament of Hope where they will meet NCAA Tournament participant and future BIG EAST opponent Louisville in the opening round Nov. 20.
In the second round (Nov. 21), the Knights will face either Gonzaga or Missouri State - both of whom advanced to last year's postseason - and the championship game will commence on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22.
"I believe when you are able to travel and go to a different place, it is part of your education. We're grateful that we're able to make this trip," Williams said. "Obviously team bonding is a big part of this experience. We have a great group and I think they'll have a lot of fun together. Hopefully those three games in three days will be a big test for us mentally as well as physically on the court."
Games will be played at the new state-of-the-art Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center, and proceeds from this tournament will be used to raise awareness, support and research for the National Urea Cycle Disorder Foundation to "Cure UCD."
UCF returns to the States for back-to-back home matchups against WNIT participant Charlotte (Nov. 28) and Bethune Cookman (Dec. 2). The Knights will face a big test to close the non-conference season as three of their final six non-conference games occur on the road against postseason teams: FIU (Dec. 13), Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 22) and Bowling Green (Jan. 4).
The two-time Conference USA champions will begin their final season in C-USA at home against UAB on Jan. 10 and will hold two other home games in the month of January against Southern Miss (Jan. 20) and Tulane (Jan. 31).
The Knights enjoy five home games in the month of February, highlighted by visits from WNIT participant Memphis (Feb. 10) and reigning C-USA champion UTEP (Feb. 17).
UCF wraps up the regular season with consecutive road games against Marshall (March 3) and UAB (March 7). This year's Conference USA Tournament will be held in Tulsa, Okla., from March 13-16.
"I think there's a sense of urgency with our coaching staff - we want to go out with a very, very successful season in Conference USA," Williams said. "The main thing with our team is we want to play well no matter what. The years we won the conference championships, the non-conference season wasn't successful for us. The goal this year is we want both seasons to be successful. We'd obviously love to win a third Conference USA championship with it being our last year, so we have to work hard and do the things it takes to make that happen."