Wichita State women’s basketball and first year head coach Keitha Adams revealed their American Athletic Conference schedule Wednesday afternoon.
Wichita State will face Cincinnati, USF and Temple only at home; UCF, UConn and East Carolina only on the road; and Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa in home-and-home action in 2017-18.
The conference enjoyed tremendous basketball success in 2016-17 highlighted by UConn winning an NCAA record 111 consecutive games and advancing to its 10th straight Final Four. Six teams – UCF, UConn, USF, SMU, Temple and Tulane – were selected for postseason play.
“I’m excited about our schedule with it being our inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference, and also my first year at Wichita State,” Adams said. “I think our schedule is extremely competitive, we’re playing some of the premiere programs. We’re going to be tested night in and night out, but we’re looking forward to that. I can’t wait to coach in Koch Arena and be a part of Shocker Nation.”
The Shockers open the 16-game slate at home vs. former Missouri Valley Conference foe, Tulsa on Dec. 30. The Shockers and Golden Hurricane recently announced the beginning of a new rivalry series, Havoc in the Heartland. To read more on the rivalry series click here.
Following its opening contest in The American, Wichita State hits the road for back-to-back contests at Houston on Jan. 2 and UCF on Jan. 6. The game at Houston will be played on Texas Southern’s campus due to the construction of a new arena for the Cougars.
Wichita State then hosts Memphis on Jan. 10 before visiting Tulane in the Big Easy on Jan. 13. Memphis and Tulane both posted 7-9 records in The American last season, while Tulane advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
The first two-game home swing has the Shockers hosting SMU and USF on Jan. 16 and Jan. 21. The Mustangs are coming off a 19-15 mark and second round appearance in the WNIT in 2016-17. USF finished third in the league in 2016-17 with an overall record of 24-9 and 11-5 mark in The American. The Bulls have appeared in the NCAA Tournament three straight seasons.
The Shockers second matchup with Memphis comes Jan. 27 in Memphis followed by Wichita State’s lone conference meeting with ECU. Wichita State visits ECU on Jan. 30.
WSU and Houston square off for the second time on Feb. 3 in Wichita before hosting Cincinnati on Feb. 7, the lone matchup between the Shockers and Bearcats in 2018.
Saturday, Feb. 10 pits the Shockers vs. the 11-time NCAA National Champion, UConn Huskies in Hartford, Conn., at the XL Center. Wichita State then returns home to face the Temple Owls on Feb. 14.
The conference schedule rounds out with rematches vs. SMU in Dallas on Feb. 17 and Tulane on Feb. 24 in Wichita. Wichita State’s game vs. Tulane on Saturday, Feb. 24 will also be Senior Day for eight Shockers.
Wichita State’s schedule began vs. Tulsa and will end vs. the Golden Hurricane in Tulsa on Feb. 26.
The 2018 American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship will take place March 3-6 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.. Similar to last year, ESPN networks will provide live coverage of every game of the tournament. ESPN3 will carry six championship games, including four first round matchups on Saturday, March 3 and the afternoon quarterfinal games on Sunday, March 4. The evening quarterfinal games and conference semifinals (Monday, March 5) will air on ESPNU and ESPN2 while the championship on Tuesday, March 6 will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
Seven of the Shockers’ conference games will be televised by the American Digital Network (ADN), CBS Sports Network and ESPN3. Four of Wichita State’s matchups will be available on the ADN – Jan. 6 at UCF, Jan. 30 at ECU, Feb. 3 vs. Houston and Feb. 26 at Tulsa. Wichita State’s American Conference opener vs. Tulsa on Dec. 30 will be aired on ESPN3 along with the road contest at UConn on Feb. 10. The Shockers and USF can be seen on CBS Sports Network (Jan. 21).
All games aired on an ESPN network will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. Each of the CBS Sports games will be available to stream live in more than 150 U.S. markets via the CBS All Access subscription service, with additional coverage on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports app.
Shockers vs. The American
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UConn: First Meeting
ECU: First Meeting
Temple: First Meeting