Aug. 10, 2011
Albuquerque, N.M. --- A slate of fourteen conference contests comprises the 2012 women's basketball schedule for the New Mexico Lobos. While game times are still to be determined, the following game dates are final as per the Mountain West conference office.
The conference schedule adheres a Wednesday-Saturday game format for eight weeks, with one BYE day for every team on Wednesday, Feb. 28 and with each team playing a Tuesday game once over the course of the schedule.
Changes to the Mountain West will make the second half of the season "different," head coach Yvonne Sanchez said simply. "Losing BYU and Utah will be different. We gain Boise State, which is a nice addition, but again - it will be different."
New Mexico will feel the differences immediately as they will open the conference schedule with a trip to Boise to take on the Broncos in a Wednesday, Jan. 11 match-up.
"We start and end the season on the road, so that will be challenging," Sanchez said. Luckily, their first road trip is only a one game stint, as the Sunday counterpart of week one brings the team back to The Pit for their conference home opener against Wyoming on Jan. 14.
Week two will showcase another split week, with Wednesday's game on Jan. 17 requiring a venture to San Diego State, while Saturday's Jan. 21 game has UNM hosting UNLV.
The team will hit the road for the entirety of week three, taking on Colorado State on Jan. 25 in Fort Collins and heading to Fort Worth to face off against TCU on Jan. 28. They'll come back to The Pit for two straight, taking on Air Force in their Tuesday game on Jan. 31 and then hosting Boise on Saturday the 24th before the Feb. 8 BYE week.
"Our conference schedule is always challenging. TCU will be good, San Diego State will be good, and you'll have other teams that emerge as the season goes on," Sanchez explained. "Wyoming has five incoming freshmen and is also very well coached.
"But for us the expectations are always the same," she continued. "We want to be up there in the conference throughout the season, and by the time we get to the Mountain West Tournament we want to be playing our best ball."
A full week's rest will bring them to a Saturday showdown in Wyoming on Feb. 11, followed by a home game against San Diego State on Feb. 15 and a trip to Vegas on the 18th to take on UNLV. The Lobos will have back-to-back home games against Colorado State and TCU on the 22nd and 25th respectively, and will close out conference play on Feb. 29 against Air Force in Colorado Springs.
"The conference schedule is like part two of our three-part season," Sanchez said. "Our non-conference schedule will prepare us for conference play, and if we're peaking during the Mountain West Tournament like we're hoping, we'll be on track to make a good run come tournament time."
New Mexico Women's Basketball Schedule - 2011-12 Season
|Nov. 5||2 p.m.||vs. New Mexico Highlands #|
|Nov. 11||TBD||@ Texas Tech|
|Nov. 14||TBD||@ North Texas|
|Nov. 19||2 p.m.||vs. Oklahoma|
|Nov. 22||7 p.m.||vs. Eastern New Mexico|
|Nov. 25-26||5/7 p.m.||New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament (UNM, Pepperdine, Morehead State, Idaho)|
|Dec. 1||7 p.m.||vs. Loyola Marymount|
|Dec. 4||1 p.m.||vs. New Mexico State|
|Dec. 10||2 p.m.||vs. UTEP|
|Dec. 15||7 p.m.||vs. Northern Colorado|
|Dec. 18||TBD||@ Houston Baptist|
|Dec. 21||TBD||@ Arizona|
|Dec. 30||TBD||@ New Mexico State|
|Jan. 2||7 p.m.||vs. Houston|
|Jan. 11||TBD||@ Boise State|
|Jan. 14||TBD||vs. Wyoming|
|Jan. 18||TBD||@ San Diego State|
|Jan. 21||TBD||vs. UNLV|
|Jan. 25||TBD||@ Colorado State|
|Jan. 28||TBD||@ TCU|
|Jan. 31||TBD||vs. Air Force|
|Feb. 4||TBD||vs. Boise State|
|Feb. 11||TBD||@ Wyoming|
|Feb. 15||TBD||vs. San Diego State|
|Feb. 18||TBD||@ UNLV|
|Feb. 22||TBD||Colorado State|
|Feb. 29||TBD||@ Air Force|