Mittie Announces Non-Conference Slate Thursday
July 5, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU women's basketball head coach Jeff Mittie announced on Thursday the non-conference schedule for the 2012-13 season.
"This is a very solid non-conference schedule and when you combine it with the round robin format of the Big 12 Conference, this will be the toughest schedule we have ever faced in my tenure here," said Mittie. "Our goal in preparing this schedule was to have a lot of quality home games against programs that have been rivals for us over many years. I feel like we were able to accomplish that. We also have two solid road contests in-state and that is critical to prepare this team as we enter into arguably the toughest conference in the NCAA."
The Horned Frogs' non-conference slate includes four opponents who reached a postseason tournament this past year, including games against Texas A&M and Georgia who both made the NCAA Tournament. The 11-game schedule should provide a solid test for a young and talented TCU squad, which returns four starters and eight letter winners from this past season, before it opens Big 12 Conference play in January.
The Big 12 sent a total of nine out of its 10 teams to postseason play, including seven programs to the NCAA Tournament for a third-straight year. Overall, the league has hoisted the last two NCAA Championships and has had eight Women's Final Four appearances since 2002, placing at least one team in the national semifinals four-straight seasons. It leads all leagues with 70 percent of its teams in the NCAA Championship and 90 percent in postseason play. Since 2000, the Big 12 has made 83 NCAA Tournament appearances, which is second nationally and is one of just two leagues that have had at least six NCAA appearances each year since 2007.
TCU, who will not leave the state of Texas until Big 12 action, will play a majority of its non-conference games from the friendly confines of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum where the Frogs are 74-12 in their last 86 games and 171-37 under Mittie all-time. The Purple and White will have nine of their 11 non-conference contests at home, including a late December match-up against Georgia (Dec. 19), who closed the 2011-12 season 22-9 overall and No. 17 in the final AP poll.
Even more challenging than TCU's home lineup will be a two-game away schedule, which features games against Texas State (Nov. 25) and Texas A&M (Dec. 8). The Aggies are just a year removed from winning the NCAA Championship and closed this past season playing in the Sweet 16. In all, the Aggies ended 2011-12 with a 24-11 record and No. 12 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Horned Frogs have had success against the in-state foe recently, having defeated Texas A&M in Fort Worth, 56-54, back on Dec. 12, 2009.
The Frogs will open their season at home on Nov. 14 against 2012 WNIT participant UNC-Charlotte. Following its contest against the 49ers, TCU will stay at home to take on Central Florida on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Golden Knights, who annually make the field of 64, are just a year removed from making the 2011 NCAA Tournament and bring back several key components off that 22-win squad.
Following their first road contest at Texas State on Sunday, Nov. 25, the Frogs will host three-straight home games, including a match-up against cross-town rival SMU (Nov. 28). The Purple and White will open the month of December at home against Houston (Dec. 2) before taking on UTSA three days later in Fort Worth.
Following its road clash against the Aggies on Saturday, Dec. 8, TCU will put the finishing touches on non-conference play with four-straight games at the DMC. Included in that stretch are WBI participant Sam Houston State (Dec. 16), Georgia (Dec. 19), UT Pan American (Dec. 22) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Dec. 29).
TCU's Big 12 schedule will be released later this summer, while tip-off times and broadcast information for all games will be announced at a later date.