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Houston Cougars Women's Basketball Announces Non-Conference Schedule

Coogs' non-conference schedule includes 3 road games plus trips to Vancouver and New York

POSTED: July 8, 2019 -- 3:00 p.m. CT

Monday afternoon, the Houston Women's Basketball program and Head Coach Ronald Hughey released its full 2019-20 non-conference schedule.

"We are excited about our non-conference schedule from top to bottom," says Hughey. "We are competing to have one of the best schedules in the country and as you can see, we will be playing opponents from the Big 12, SEC and Pac-12. It shows where we are trying to take this program and shows recruits that we play a national schedule. It will be a challenge and we are up for it."

The Cougars will host six contests in their second season playing inside the $60-million Fertitta Center and play in three road contests, along with holiday tournaments in Vancouver and New York. Houston will face a stacked schedule with teams such as Stanford, Texas A&M, Syracuse, Minnesota and Mississippi State, all of whom played in the either the WNIT or NCAA Tournament this past season. The schedule also features four squads that finished the season in the top-25 of the NCAA Women's basketball RPI.

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Houston Cougars Women's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule for 2019-'20 Season

11/5 at Georgia Tech
11/8 vs Southeastern Louisiana
11/12 vs New Mexico
11/17 at Houston Baptist
11/23 vs Oklahoma
11/28 - 11/30 Vancouver Showcase
12/4 Florida Gulf Coast
12/8 vs La Tech
12/15 at Texas A&M
12/19 vs Southern Miss
12/29 - 12/30 Fordham Holiday Tournament

The Cougars 2019-20 season will open on November 5 in Atlanta when the squad squares off with Georgia Tech for the second straight season and second time in program history. Last season, Houston defeated the Yellow Jackets in a double-overtime thriller inside H&PE Arena.

Houston will host Southeastern Louisiana in its home opener on November 9, at the Fertitta Center, before heading East to New Mexico for a November 12 meeting with the Lobos. This will mark the seventh time in program history that the Cougars have matched up with SLU and the second time in as many seasons that the team will square off with New Mexico.

On November 17, Houston will return to H-Town for a two-game homestand beginning with crosstown rival Houston Baptist. Houston will then welcome Big 12 foe Oklahoma to the Fertitta Center on November 23 for its first meeting with the Sooners since the 1980-81 season.

The Coogs will head north of the border for the Thanksgiving holiday when the squad travels to Vancouver for the TCL Vancouver Showcase from November 28-30. The field includes opponents from the Pac-12, SEC, Big East, Horizon League, WAC and West Coast Conference. Last season's field included NCAA runner-up Notre Dame and six other teams who made it to the postseason. Games will be played in British Columbia at the Vancouver Convention Center and the entire tournament field will be announced at a later date.

Houston is scheduled to begin the month of December at home with a pair of contests inside the Fertitta Center starting off with a meeting with Florida Gulf Coast on December 4, before hosting Louisiana Tech on December 8. This will be Houston's second straight meeting with each program.

On December 15, the Coogs will head up 290 to College Station to square off with in-state foe Texas A&M for the second straight season before heading back to Houston to play Southern Miss on December 19.

The Coogs will conclude their non-conference slate with a trip to the, "Big Apple", for a holiday tournament at Fordham on December 29-30. The field will feature Fordham who earned a bid to the NCAA postseason last season, as well as Hofstra and Samford.

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