Hawkeyes Release Nonconference Schedule

Aug. 30, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team released its nonconference schedule Thursday. The Hawkeyes will play at least 13 games, and could add a 14th game, since they are participating in the Preseason WNIT.

Iowa is scheduled to play at least 11 games against teams that participated in postseason play a year ago, including three NCAA Tournament qualifiers. The Hawkeyes will open with an exhibition against Quincy (Nov. 4) before starting the nonconference portion of their schedule.

Iowa’s Big Ten schedule will be released within the next week.

Northern Illinois (Nov. 9 – Preseason WNIT First Round – Iowa City, Noon CT)*
The Hawkeyes open the 2012-13 season against Northern Illinois in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. The Huskies won 14 games last year. Iowa is 5-5 all-time versus Northern Illinois, including a 2-3 mark against the Huskies in Iowa City.

*-Iowa is guaranteed at least two additional games in the Preseason WNIT, scheduled for Nov. 11 and Nov. 14. If Iowa win its first three games, it will play in the Preseason WNIT championship game Nov. 18. Times and locations for the additional games will be announced after the first round matchups are completed.

Robert Morris (Nov. 20 – Iowa City, TBA)
Robert Morris collected 18 wins last season and participated in the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) postseason tournament. Iowa has never faced Robert Morris.

at Florida International (Nov. 23 – Miami – 5 p.m. CT)
Iowa opens play at the FIU Thanksgiving Classic against host-school Florida International, which won 23 games last season and advanced to the second round of the WNIT. The Hawkeyes are 2-0 all-time versus FIU.

vs. West Virginia/LSU (Nov. 25 – Miami – Noon or 2 p.m. CT)
The Hawkeyes will face either West Virginia or LSU in the final game of the FIU Thanksgiving Classic. West Virginia collected 24 wins and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. Iowa is 2-1 against West Virginia. The two teams met on a neutral site in Reno three seasons ago, with West Virginia coming away with the win.

LSU collected 23 wins en route to a second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Iowa holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series.

at Florida State (Nov. 28 – Tallahassee – 6 p.m. CT)
Iowa travels to Florida State for the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Florida State returns 11 of its 12 players from last year. The Hawkeyes have never faced Florida State.

Northern Iowa (Dec. 1 – Iowa City – TBA)
After three straight road contests, Iowa will play three of its next four games at home, beginning with intra-state rival Northern Iowa. The Panthers won the WBI championship a year ago. Iowa is 15-2 versus Northern Iowa.

Iowa State (Dec. 6 – Iowa City – TBA)
The Hawkeye continue intra-state play, hosting the Cyclones in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. Iowa State competed in the NCAA Tournament last year, and the Hawkeyes hold a 21-20 advantage in the all-time series.

at Drake (Dec. 16 – Des Moines – 2 p.m. CT)
Iowa finishes intra-state rival play at Drake, which advanced to the WNIT last year. Former Hawkeye Jennie (Lillis) Baranczyk is in her first season as Drake’s head coach. Iowa is 28-15 against the Bulldogs.

Missouri State (Dec. 19 – Iowa City – TBA)
The defending Missouri Valley Conference regular-season champions travel to Carver-Hawkeye Arena, coming off a third round appearance in the WNIT. Iowa assistant coach Shannon Gage played at Missouri State. Iowa is 4-3 versus Missouri State.

vs. Texas (Dec. 28 – San Diego – 10 p.m. CT)
Iowa opens the San Diego Surf `N Slam Classic versus Big 12 opponent Texas. The Longhorns won 18 games last year and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Texas holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series.

vs. Central Michigan/San Diego (Dec. 30 – San Diego – 4 or 6 p.m. CT)
Iowa will face either Central Michigan or host-school San Diego in its final nonconference game. Both teams collected 20 wins and qualified for the WNIT. San Diego’s 26 victories were the most in school history, and it advanced to the WNIT semifinals. Iowa is 1-0 versus Central Michigan and has never faced San Diego.