LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women's basketball head coach Jerry Finkbeiner announced the Aggies' complete 2014-15 schedule Tuesday, including the 18-game Mountain West schedule. Utah State will take on at least nine teams that advanced to postseason play last season, including five that reached the NCAA Tournament.
This season, Utah State will have 13 regular-season games at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to go along with one exhibition.
"This second edition of Mountain West play for us from our perspective will be more predictable and routine as we have the experience of Mountain West travel and competition from last year. We have great respect for the level of play and coaching in the Mountain West and our league's champion will be a very worthy champion at the end of season's play. We look forward to being in this mix of teams competing for our league championship by season's end," Finkbeiner said.
As previously released, Utah State will make its first appearance of the 2014-15 season with an exhibition against Western New Mexico on Nov. 3.
The Aggies open the regular season in the Beaver State with games at Oregon (Nov. 14) and Oregon State (Nov. 16).
USU's non-conference schedule is also highlighted by games against four Beehive State schools, including their first regular-season game at the Spectrum against in-state rival Utah Valley on Nov. 20. USU will also take on Utah on the road (Dec. 3) and Westminster at home (Dec. 6). The Aggies conclude the games against in-state foes, hosting BYU on Dec. 22.
Utah State will also hit the road for the BTI Classic hosted by Baylor, Nov. 28-30 in Waco, Texas. The four-team tournament will include the host Bears, Stetson and Marist. Both Baylor and Marist reached the NCAA Tournament last season, while Stetson advanced to the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Aggies have not ever faced any of the teams at the BTI Classic.
USU has a two-game home stretch against Westminster (Dec. 6) and Northern Colorado (Dec. 14). The Aggies then travel to the Golden State for a pair of games against Pacific on Dec. 16 and Sacramento State on Dec. 19. USU ends non-conference action against BYU on Dec. 22 in Logan before breaking for the holiday season.
"We are looking forward to the 2014-15 basketball season already," Finkbeiner said. "Our non-conference schedule is definitely going to prepare us for the Mountain West season and our Mountain West schedule of games look again to be very competitive." The Aggies then prepare for an 18-game home-and-home Mountain West schedule, as USU tips off its second season in the MW.
USU opens its league action on New Year's Eve on the road against San José State. USU holds a dominating 14-5 record against the Spartans, including winning the two games in the Mountain West last season. Utah State then opens the 2015 portion of the schedule with its MW home opener against Boise State on Jan. 3. The Broncos lead the series, 18-8.
On Jan. 7, USU hosts MW-Champion Fresno State for the first of two meetings with the Bulldogs who lead the series, 16-2. USU then hits the road for a two-game road trip at New Mexico (Jan. 10) and at Air Force for the first time since joining the MW (Jan. 17). New Mexico leads the season series, 9-5, while Utah State leads Air Force, 2-1.
USU then hosts both teams from the Silver State, taking on Nevada on Jan. 21 before facing UNLV on Jan. 24. The Wolf Pack and the Aggies are even with a 10-10 record, while the Lady Rebels lead the series, 15-2. Utah State then stays in the Mountain Time Zone traveling to Wyoming on Jan. 28, while hosting San Diego State in the team's only meeting of the year on Jan. 31. Wyoming leads the season series, 14-7, while San Diego State has a 4-1 record against the Aggies.
Utah State then begins the second half of the schedule at Boise State on Feb. 4 to open the month of February. On Feb., 7, USU hosts New Mexico, before traveling to Nevada on Feb. 11. The Spartans of San José State come to the Spectrum on Feb. 18, before the Aggies head to Fresno State on Feb. 21.
As the regular season winds down, USU travels to Las Vegas to take on UNLV on Feb. 25, before hosting Air Force on Feb. 28. In its two final regular-season games of the season, USU hosts Wyoming on March 3 and plays at Colorado State on March 6. It will be the only meeting of the season between the Aggies and the Rams, with USU holding a 13-9 series record against CSU. Last season, Colorado State represented the Mountain West in the WNIT.
The Aggies will take on every team twice except for San Diego State and MW regular-season winner Colorado State. Last season, USU played Fresno State and Air Force only once.
The 2015 Reese's Mountain West Women's Basketball Championship will once against take place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., March 9-13.
Utah State brings back four starters from last season's team that went 15-16 and 8-10 in its first season in the Mountain. The Aggies have big shoes to fill after the graduation of Mountain West Player of the Year, Jennifer Schlott. USU also brings back junior guard Makenlee Williams, junior guard Stephanie Bairstow, senior forward Franny Vaaulu and senior guard Elise Nelson.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball on twitter at @UtahStateWBB, as well as on facebook, at USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program on twitter @USUAthletics or on facebook at USUAthletics. Utah State women's basketball is also on instagram at @usuwbasketball.
Aggie women's basketball tickets will be available by contacting the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435) 797-0305 or at 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for more information or visit the Utah State athletics web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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