Next season the Sun Devil women’s basketball team will look to return to the upper echelon of the Pac-12 Conference, which sent four teams to the NCAA Tournament last season – Cal, Colorado, Stanford and UCLA. The Pac-12 has also had two different schools represent the conference in the Final Four the last two seasons – Cal in 2013 and Stanford in 2012.
To prepare for play in the conference, which figures to be as competitive as ever in 2013-14, the Sun Devils will play a challenging, 12-game non-conference schedule that includes nine games against teams that advanced to the postseason in 2013.
“This is traditionally what we do,” explained Sun Devil head coach Charli Turner Thorne. “Playing a challenging non-conference schedule helps our team grow and prepare for the tough competition it will face in the Pac-12.”
Included in the non-conference portion of ASU’s 2013-14 schedule will be games against 2013 NCAA Tournament participants Texas Tech (Nov. 17 in Lubbock, Texas), North Carolina (Thanksgiving weekend tournament in Cancun, Mexico), Miami (Dec. 21 in Tempe) and Syracuse (Dec. 30 in Tempe).
ASU will open its 2013-14 campaign on Nov. 9 against Hawaii (2013 WNIT participant) before going on the road to take on a San Diego team that returns four starters from last year’s team that advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
ASU will face Illinois for the second time in three seasons, one of three games the Sun Devils will play in Cancun (Arkansas State, UNC). Illinois proved its program is on the rise after advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2013 WNIT.
After playing North Carolina once prior to 2005, the Sun Devils will be playing the Tar Heels for the fourth time in eight years. This will be the second time the two teams have played each other in Cancun. The Tar Heels won 29 games last season, which earned them a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The field for the annual ASU Classic (Dec. 7-8), includes three 2013 WNIT participants – Harvard, Long Beach State and Sacred Heart.
On Dec. 21 the Sun Devils will face Miami for only the second time in school history (ASU won the only other meeting, 78-74 in 1988). The Hurricanes are coming off their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
ASU closes out its non-conference schedule on Dec. 30 when it hosts Syracuse, which won 24 games last season on its way to a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
“Miami and Syracuse have not only great men’s basketball programs, but great women’s programs, too,” said Turner Thorne. “We want to host the nation’s top teams in Wells Fargo Arena and these are two games that our fans will definitely not want to miss.”
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2013-14 Sun Devil Women’s Basketball
Sat., Nov. 9 - HAWAII
Wed., Nov., 13 - @San Diego
Sun., Nov. 17 - @Texas Tech
Sat., Nov. 23 - PROVIDENCE
Nov., 27-30 - @Cancun Tournament (Arkansas State, Illinois , UNC)
Dec., 7-8 - ASU CLASSIC (HARVARD, LONG BEACH, SACRED HEART)
Sat., Dec. 14 - @Fullerton
Sat., Dec. 21 - MIAMI
Mon., Dec. 30 - SYRACUSE
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