SEATTLE -- Tuesday morning Washington head coach Mike Neighbors announced the non-conference schedule via his personal twitter account - @coachneighbors. The schedule will prove to be a challenging journey for the Huskies who have high hopes for the 2013-14 season.
“We tried to construct a schedule that will have our team ready for the end of the season,” said Neighbors. “We are playing three games in three days in the Las Vegas tournament, face teams from several of the major conferences and will play a variety of styles. We wanted the schedule to be challenging so that our young team will gel and be ready for the conference season.”
The times of the games have not been finalized as Washington waits for the TV schedule to be announced. The Pac-12 schedule is set to be announced on September 1.
Washington opens the season with an exhibition against Concordia on Halloween night, October 31. The Dawgs defeated Concordia last season, 92-46, behind 18 points and 20 rebounds from Aminah Williams.
To open the regular season, the Dawgs travel to Moraga to face Saint Mary’s on November 8. It will be the second-straight season Washington opens with the Gaels, escaping with a 70-68 win in Hec Ed last season.
The home opener will be a second-straight West Coast Conference opponent with Portland coming to Seattle on November 15. Washington defeated Portland 64-44 last season behind a brilliant second half from Jazmine Davis, scoring 19 of her 28 points after the break.
On November 19, the Dawgs will host Seattle U. as the two teams renew their budding cross-town rivalry. Last season, the Dawgs won an overtime thriller behind 22 points from Kristi Kingma and 21 from Davis.
Following a break for final exams, the Dawgs head out on the road for a trip to Texas to face Houston on December 4 and Texas A&M on December 7. The Cougars have joined to the newly formed American Athletic Conference with several traditional basketball powers, while A&M is the reigning SEC Champion and was the 2011 NCAA Champion.
The Dawgs are 4-0 all-time against Houston, including an 85-60 win back in 2011. Against Texas A&M, the Dawgs are 1-1 all-time with the last meeting coming in 2006. Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is a mentor to Neighbors as the two coached together at Arkansas.
Washington then will return home to face Wisconsin on December 13 and Montana State on December 15. The Huskies picked up a huge 60-55 win in Madison last season behind 22 points from Davis. Montana State was a 17-13 team last season, but the Dawgs are 12-1 all-time against the Bobcats.
Next up will be a trip to Las Vegas for the Duel in the Desert Tournament. The Dawgs will face DePaul on December 19, Pittsburgh on December 20 and an opponent to be decided on December 21. The Dawgs are 2-1 all-time against DePaul who has played in 11-straight NCAA Tournaments. Washington has never faced Pitt, who was 9-21 last season.
Finally, the Dawgs close the regular season on December 30 against UC Irvine back at Hec Ed. The Huskies defeated the Anteater in the only previous meeting back in 2007.
Within the schedule, Washington faces teams from the SEC, Big-10, ACC, Big East and new American Athletic Conference, along with regional opponents from WCC, WAC, Big Sky and Big West.
During Pac-12 play, Washington faces each school twice with the exception of UCLA, USC, Arizona and Arizona State. The Dawgs will not make the trip to the desert, while the Los Angeles schools will not be coming to Seattle.
The full schedule should be challenging, but rewarding for the Huskies who have NCAA Tournament aspirations in 2013-14.
Full 2013-14 Non-Conference Schedule
Nov 8 – at Saint Mary’s
Nov 15 – PORTLAND
Nov 19 – SEATTLE U.
Dec 4 – at Houston
Dec 7 – at Texas A&M
Dec 13 – WISCONSIN
Dec 15 – MONTANA STATE
Dec 19 – DePaul (at Las Vegas)
Dec 20 – Pittsburgh (at Las Vegas)
Dec 21 – TBA (at Las Vegas)
Dec 30 – UC IRVINE