ASU releases 2012-13 women's basketball schedule

JONESBORO, Ark. ( —Fifteen home games, including six teams that advanced to post-season play a year ago, highlight the 2012-13 ASU Red Wolves women's basketball schedule. Two of the teams that reached the post season last year saw action in the NCAA Tournament, while four participated in the WNIT.

Two exhibition games are also a part of the home schedule, giving basketball fans the opportunity to take in total of 17 games during the season. The Red Wolves will get the exhibition season underway Oct. 29 when Ouachita Baptist visits The Convo, with the final tune-up for the regular season is set for Nov. 5 against UA-Monticello.

"I am looking forward to both the challenges and opportunities that this schedule presents," ASU women's basketball coach Brian Boyer said. "The non-conference contests will once again be challenging but at the same time it should prepare us for conference play.  This will be one of the most interesting conference schedules since I've been here in that we will play a true double round robin totaling 20 conference games."

The regular season will tip off Nov. 9 in Toledo when ASU takes on the Rockets, who reached the WNIT quarterfinals a year ago, followed by Nov. 12 trip to UTMartin. The home opener is set for Nov.  15 against WNIT participant Wichita State followed by a Nov. 19, home matchup against Southeast Missouri State. A Nov. 21 trip to Southern California will close out a home-and-home series with the Trojans, who visited The Convo last season.

The Red Wolves open Sun Belt Conference play Nov. 29 at Florida International followed by a Dec. 1 contest with Florida Atlantic before returning to Jonesboro for a matchup with instate opponent Central Arkansas on Dec. 8. ASU will travel to Springfield, Mo., for a regional matchup with Missouri State Dec. 15 before returning to Jonesboro for three straight games. The Red Wolves will take on Austin Peay Dec. 17, followed by a Dec. 19 matchup against Nichols State and a Dec. 22 game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

"Once we release our schedule, season ticket sales will not be far," Boyer said. "This community has continued to support our women's basketball Program very well in the past and I hope that this year will be no different.  I'm excited about the potential of this year's team and I hope everyone will make plans to invest in them by purchasing season tickets and also encouraging others to come out and get involved with our program."

ASU will travel to Mobile, Ala., Dec. 29 to take on South Alabama followed by three straight games in The Convo against Middle Tennessee (Jan. 2), Western Kentucky (Jan. 6) and Florida International (Jan. 9). The Red Wolves will play at Louisiana-Lafayette on Jan. 12, followed by Jan. 20 home game against Louisiana-Monroe. A-State will play in Troy, Ala., Jan. 24 for a matchup with the Trojans, before taking Florida Atlantic (Jan. 24), South Alabama (Jan. 26) and North Texas (Jan. 30) at home to close out the month.

The month of February opens with a Feb. 3 contest at Middle Tennessee and a Feb. 9 game at Western Kentucky. In-state opponent Arkansas-Little Rock will play at The Convo Feb. 13, followed by a road game at Louisiana-Monroe Feb. 16. A-State's final home game will be against Troy Feb. 23, while the Red Wolves will close out the regular with road games at North Texas (Feb. 27) and at UALR (March 2).

The Sun Belt Conference Tournament is scheduled for March 8-10 at Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Ark., marking the fifth straight year Hot Springs has hosted the tournament.