LOGAN, Utah – Utah State women’s basketball head coach Raegan Pebley announced the 2011-12 schedule Tuesday with the regular-season beginning at Wyoming on Nov. 11. For the first time since the 2006-07 season, the Aggies will start the season on the road. Utah State will play 15 regular-season home games, including an exhibition game against Western New Mexico on Nov. 4. “In building our non-conference schedule, our goals were to challenge and prepare our team. We did this by scheduling as many 2011 regional postseason tournament teams as we could. We also continue playing our in-state rivals and compete against teams that will contend for the top slots in their conference,” Pebley said.The Aggies will play nine teams that reached either the NCAA Tournament, the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) or the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) in 2010-11, including four teams from the Western Athletic Conference. Both WAC Tournament champion, Fresno State, and WAC regular-season champs, Louisiana Tech, reached the NCAA Tournament, while Nevada advanced to the WNIT and Idaho made an appearance in the WBI. South Dakota State and Montana round out the quartet of teams that advanced to the “Big Dance” last season. In-state rival BYU and Wyoming both advanced to the WNIT along with UC Riverside.”Starting on the road against Wyoming and South Dakota State is a great opportunity. Both of these teams were in postseason tournaments, are well coached and will have great crowds. We will need to be extremely focused and intense in our fall workouts and conditioning to be prepared for these challenges,” Pebley said.After facing five Beehive State opponents last season, the Aggies will take on only three this season. Utah State will host Weber State on Nov. 16., as well as hosting BYU as part of a doubleheader with the USU men’s team on Dec. 17. The battle between the Aggies and the Cougars will be televised live on KCSG Television in cooperation with Cis-Com Productions. Finally, USU will take on Utah Valley on Jan. 7 in Logan.Once again, the WAC will play a double round-robin format. This season, there will be eight teams in the WAC with the departure of Boise State. The Broncos will still appear twice on the Aggies schedule, as the team’s will meet in Logan on Nov. 22 and in Boise on Dec. 22.”We felt that continuing to play Boise State both home and away prepares us for the challenge of game planning and adjustments made when this occurs within conference play,” Pebley added.The Aggies will open WAC play with a duo of road games at New Mexico State (Jan. 12) and at Louisiana Tech (Jan. 14). The battle with the Lady Techsters is the first of two-straight games against NCAA Tournament teams, as USU will host Fresno State on Jan. 19. Utah State end conference play with three-straight home games against Idaho (Feb. 25), Hawai‘i (March 1) and San Jose State (March 3).For the second-straight season, the WAC Basketball Tournament will be held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., March 7-10. Last season, USU was the third seed and fell in the semifinals to eventual tournament champion, Fresno State.This season, Utah State also has four doubleheaders with the USU men’s basketball team.The Aggies bring back three starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad that finished 18-15 and advanced to the second round of the WNIT. First-team all-WAC honoree and reigning WAC Newcomer of the Year, senior forward Ashlee Brown is back to lead Utah State. Brown averaged 15.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season.Aggie 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.Fans can follow USU women’s basketball at http://twitter.com/UTAHSTATEofmind and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics.–USU-2011-12 Utah State Women’s Basketball ScheduleDate Opponent Location TimeFriday, Nov. 4 Western New Mexico# Logan, Utah 7 p.m.Friday, Nov. 11 at Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. 7 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 13 at South Dakota State Brookings, S.D. 1 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 16 Weber State Logan, Utah 7 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 19 at UC Irvine Irvine, Calif. 3 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 22 Boise State Logan, Utah 7 p.m.Friday, Nov. 25 UC Riverside Logan, Utah 7 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Montana Missoula, Mont. 7 p.m.Friday, Dec. 2 at Montana State Bozeman, Mont. 7 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 10 at Idaho State Pocatello, Idaho 2:05 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 17 BYU! Logan, Utah 2 p.m.Monday, Dec. 19 Northern Arizona Logan, Utah 12 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 22 at Boise State Boise, Idaho 7 p.m.Tuesday, Jan. 3 Asbury Logan, Utah 7 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 7 Utah Valley! Logan, Utah 2 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 12 at New Mexico State* Las Cruces, N.M. 5 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 14 at Louisiana Tech* Ruston, La. 6 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 19 Fresno State* Logan, Utah 7 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 21 Nevada* Logan, Utah 7 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 28 at Idaho* Moscow, Idaho 3 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 2 at San Jose State* San Jose, Calif. 8 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 4 at Hawai‘i* Honolulu, Hawaii 8 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 9 Louisiana Tech*! Logan, Utah 5 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 11 New Mexico State*! Logan, Utah 2 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 16 at Nevada* Reno, Nev. 8 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 18 at Fresno State* Fresno, Calif. 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 25 Idaho* Logan, Utah 7 p.m.Thursday, March 1 Hawai‘i* Logan, Utah 7 p.m.Saturday, March 3 San Jose State* Logan, Utah 7 p.m.Wed.-Sat., March 7-10 WAC Tournament Las Vegas, Nev. TBAHome game in BOLDAll Times Mountain*WAC Game #Exhibition!Doubleheader with USU men’s basketball team
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