Traditional foes, new teams on Texas women’s basketball schedule

Stanford, Tennessee and WNIT champion Arizona are among the non-conference opponents the University of Texas women’s basketball team will face next season.

This year’s announced opponents compiled a 180-119 (.602) record last season and seven teams advanced to postseason play. Also, the Longhorns will participate in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, with matchups to be determined at a later date. Texas will play three games in that event.

Sug Sutton, here with head coach, Karen Aston, returns to play point guard for her final season with the Horns. [Rodolfo Gonzalez for AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

Times and television information for the games will be announced at a later date. The Big 12 Conference slate also will be released later this summer.

“I am excited about our non-conference schedule,” Texas head coach Karen Aston said. “This competitive schedule will prepare our team well for the rigors of the Big 12 Conference. The quality of teams we will face will give us a great opportunity to boost our RPI for the NCAA Tournament. I think our fans will enjoy the home games that we have put together and we will also have some great road tests early in the year.”

The Longhorns will first take the court on Oct. 28, playing host to 2019 NCAA Division II National Champion Lubbock Christian in an exhibition game. The Lady Chaps posted a 32-5 record in 2018-19, including a 13-1 mark in the Heartland Conference.

Texas opens the regular season against South Florida on Nov. 8 in Tampa. The Bulls have made 14 postseason appearances, including six NCAA Tournament berths, in the last 20 years, and are a perennial top-25 team.

Texas and Tennessee will meet for the 41st time in the history of the two storied programs on Dec. 8 in Knoxville. It will mark the 38th consecutive season that the Longhorns and Lady Vols will face one another.

Texas will conclude the non-conference portion of the schedule with three consecutive home games: Ohio, which finished with an RPI of 34 in 2018-19, on Dec. 18; a renewal of the rivalry with Stanford on Dec. 21; and an annual meeting with Northwestern State on Dec. 29.

New season ticket deposits are available now for fans looking to become new season ticket holders for the 2019-20 season. Season ticket deposits are just $99 per ticket and allow you to select your seat locations during the online seat and parking selection process in Summer 2019.

Returning season ticket holders will receive renewal applications early this summer for the 2019-20 season. For more information on becoming a season ticket holder, please contact Texas Athletics Ticket Sales & Services at 512-471-3333 or via email at tickets@athletics.utexas.edu.

Here is the non conference schedule:

Oct. 28 – Lubbock Christian (EXH.)

Nov. 8 – at South Florida

Nov. 14 – UTSA

Nov. 17 – Arizona

Nov. 20 – UT Rio Grande Valley

Nov. 24 – Southern University

Nov. 29-Dec. 1 – at Rainbow Wahine Showdown – Honolulu, Hawaii (opponents TBA)

Dec. 8 – at Tennessee

Dec. 18 – Ohio University

Dec. 21 – Stanford

Dec. 29 – Northwestern State

Source: HookemPlus.com