San Diego, California - The San Diego State women’s basketball team will travel to Puerto Rico over the Thanksgiving holiday to compete in the San Juan Shootout, highlighting the Aztecs’ 2014 non-conference schedule announced Tuesday by head coach Stacie Terry. In addition to its Caribbean excursion, SDSU’s non-league slate includes seven home contests, as well a two-game road trip to the state of South Carolina.
After playing host to Point Loma Nazarene in an exhibition tune-up on Saturday, Nov. 8, the Aztecs officially open the season on Friday, Nov. 14, when they welcome Sacramento State to Montezuma Mesa. SDSU, which is tipping off at home for just the fourth time in the last 11 years, will be looking to avenge a wild 93-89 setback to the Hornets in the state capital last year.
The Scarlet and Black closes out its brief homestand two days later when it renews acquaintances with Long Beach State on Sunday, Nov. 16. The Aztecs have captured the last five encounters, but have not faced the 49ers since December 2009.
San Diego State will then embark on a two-week odyssey, starting Friday, Nov. 21, when it locks horns Furman in Greenville, South Carolina. The Aztecs have never met the Paladins, who compiled an 18-13 record last season and earned a spot in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
SDSU will remain in the Palmetto State to battle South Carolina in Columbia on Sunday, Nov. 23. The Gamecocks, who defeated the Aztecs at Viejas Arena last season, finished with a No. 9 ranking in the final USA Today coaches poll after advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
From Southeastern Conference territory, San Diego State will fly to the tropics to spend Thanksgiving weekend at the San Juan Shootout in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The Aztecs will play Idaho State in the opener at Mario Morales Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 28, before tangling with Big Ten representative Michigan the following afternoon on Saturday, Nov. 29. The Bengals split their only two meetings with SDSU in 1998-99, while the Wolverines, who were third-round WNIT participants last year, have never faced the Aztecs.
SDSU has played in a Caribbean tournament on one previous occasion when it competed at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam in November 2009.
As the calendar turns to December, the Aztecs will spend the final month of the non-conference schedule in southern California, beginning with a showdown against UC Santa Barbara at home on Sunday, Dec. 7. Last season, SDSU defeated the Gauchos, 71-67, at The Thunderdome as Stacie Terry picked up her first career head coaching victory.
Two days later, the Aztecs will head west on Interstate 8 to square off against crosstown foe San Diego on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Jenny Craig Pavilion. SDSU holds a 28-9 lead in the all-time series, with the visiting emerging victorious in the last four meetings.
After an eight-day break for final exams, the Aztecs return to the hardwood in earnest on Thursday, Dec. 18, when it entertains Pac-12 member Washington at Viejas Arena, followed by another home clash against Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Dec. 20. SDSU split its two previous engagements with the Huskies, including a 59-58 heartbreaker in Seattle in 2012, while maintaining an 8-2 advantage against the Matadors all-time.
Before breaking for the Christmas holiday, the Aztecs will make another short venture up to the Inland Empire to battle UC Riverside on Tuesday, Dec. 23. SDSU owns a 5-2 edge against the Highlanders, following a tough 58-57 decision in its penultimate non-conference game a year ago.
For the second straight season, the Aztecs will play 18 conference games, beginning Wednesday, Dec. 31, when they travel to the Air Force Academy for their Mountain West opener.
Season tickets for the 2014-15 San Diego State women's basketball home schedule are on sale now, starting at just $60. Tickets can be purchased online at www.goaztecs.com, over the phone by calling 619-283-7378, or by visiting the Aztec Ticket Office at Qualcomm Stadium's Window E. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.