OREM, Utah - Utah Valley University women's basketball coach Cathy Nixon announced her 2012-13 schedule Wednesday. The schedule showcases 12 home games, which includes three versus in-state opponents and a full slate of Great West Conference competition.
It also features contests against teams from 11 different conferences including five from the Big Sky, two from the Mountain West, two from the WAC and two independents.
"I'm really excited about the schedule and I think it is well suited to the kind of team that we have," Nixon said. "I don't think there are any easy games this year and we'll have to be prepared as it starts out with a pretty tough stretch against some very respectable teams. We feel like we have an experienced team, however, and are hoping that they will be ready to go from the very beginning."
UVU will begin its 2012-13 campaign on Nov. 9 with a home contest against the Boise State Broncos. The Wolverines will then take on their first in-state foe on Nov. 12, when Utah State comes to town for a game that will be televised locally on UVU-TV and rebroadcast nationally on Fox College Sports. Utah Valley will also welcome Weber State to the UCCU Center on Dec. 4 and Southern Utah on Dec. 6. The Wolverines will then return the favor and travel to Cedar City to face the SUU Thunderbirds at the Centrum Arena on Dec. 29.
UVU will hit the road for the first time of the season when it heads to the Bay Area to take on San Jose State, Santa Clara and Sacramento State the week before Thanksgiving. The day after the Thanksgiving holiday, the Wolverines will return home to face Long Beach State for an afternoon game.
In late November, UVU will travel to the Midwest to take on Tulsa on Nov. 29 and former Great West foe South Dakota on Dec. 1. After the two in-state games, the next week against Big Sky Conference members, UVU will face two more Big Sky opponents the following week as it will take on Idaho State on Dec. 8 in Pocatello and Northern Arizona in Flagstaff on Dec. 15.
Utah Valley will finish off its pre-Christmas schedule by hosting Carroll College on Dec. 19 and by playing at the University of Colorado of the Pac-12 on Dec. 22. The Wolverines will then kick-off the New Year by taking on the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Jan. 2. UVU will begin its quest for its first Great West Conference regular season title by hosting Texas-Pan American on Jan. 5. The Wolverines will also face Chicago State, Houston Baptist and NJIT both home and away over the next two months.
With the departure of reigning champion North Dakota to the Big Sky, UVU will play just eight GWC games this season.
During the final two months, UVU will also play a home-and-home series with CSU Bakersfield (Jan. 19 in Bakersfield and Feb. 27 in Orem), host Walla Walla University on Feb. 4 and play at New Orleans and Feb. 14.
A year removed from finishing second at the conference tournament, UVU will look to win the tournament this season when it travels to Chicago, Ill., to take part in the Great West Conference Championships March 13-16.
"We're playing a variety of teams this year, which include a handful on new ones that we haven't played before," Nixon said. "We feel like it's important to play a number of different styles to test us as a team in general but ultimately it's to help prepare us for Great West Conference play and I feel like this schedule does just that."
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com