With a new women’s basketball season just over three months away, Tulane coach Lisa Stockton released the Green Wave’s nonconference schedule Thursday.
In addition, the American Athletic Conference shed some light on the league portion of the schedule, announcing the home and away model for the upcoming season.
The Wave will be challenged from the get go, as five of their six opening games are against NCAA tournament teams from a year ago, starting with their season/home opener against Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 13. The Green Wave beat the Trojans 74-58 in December. UALR went on to finish 29-5 and reach the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The Wave will host Jackson State on Nov. 17 before departing for their first road contest of the season at Florida State on Nov. 19. Last season, the Seminoles edged Tulane 65-54 in New Orleans before finishing the year with No. 7 final ranking and an Elite Eight NCAA tournament appearance.
On Nov. 22, the Green Wave will host rival LSU. The Wave have won four of the past five against the Tigers, including last year’s 51-45 victory in Baton Rouge.
Tulane then heads to the Virgin Islands for the 2015 Paradise Jam Tournament, where they’ll compete in the Island Division from Nov. 26-28. First up is Rutgers, which went 23-10 last season and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.
On the second day, Tulane challenges Wisconsin-Green Bay, who compiled a 28-5 record last season while going to the tournament. Both games will mark the first meetings between the programs. The Wave wraps the Thanksgiving weekend with Virginia on Nov. 28.
The month of December features four of five games inside Devlin Fieldhouse, starting Dec. 6 with McNeese State. After a week off for finals, the Wave will compete in four games in six days to wrap its nonconference slate. The Wave return to action on Dec. 16, when they head to Ole Miss. Next, the Wave return to New Orleans to host Southern University on Dec. 18.
The Green Wave will host its Tulane Women’s Basketball Invitational, Dec. 20-21.