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Houston Cougars Women's Basketball Announces Non-Conference Schedule
UPDATED: September 6, 2023 -- 4:28 p.m. CT
POSTED: September 6, 2023 -- 2:58 p.m. CT
The Houston Cougars Women's Basketball team announced its 2023-24 non-conference schedule, which includes six consecutive home games to open the season, on Wednesday.
The six home games in Fertitta Center to start the season is the longest homestand at the beginning of the season in program history.
Houston opens the season with Air Force on Nov. 10, marking the first meeting between the Cougars and Falcons. The Cougars will play the Bearkats of Sam Houston for the first time since 2002 a few days later on Nov. 14. Houston's third game in nine days to open the season brings Grambling State to Houston for the first meeting between the two schools on Nov. 19.
New Orleans comes to Fertitta Center the Sunday after Thanksgiving on Nov. 26. It marks the second-ever meeting and the first in Houston between the two schools.
A rematch with Middle Tennessee is set for Nov. 29 in Fertitta Center. The Cougars and Blue Raiders went down to the wire in Murfreesboro, TN., in 2022 with Middle Tennessee winning by seven after Houston outscored the hosts 19-6 in the fourth quarter.
The sixth and final game of the season-opening homestand to open the 2023-24 season bleeds into December as Florida A&M plays in Fertitta Center on Dec. 3.
Houston and Texas A&M Commerce continue their affair on Dec. 8 after Houston won the first meeting since 1976 last year in 2022 with this year's game in Commerce, Texas.
A Third Ward battle between Houston and Texas Southern is slated for Dec. 12 in Fertitta Center.
Two road games in three days takes Houston east to UTSA on Dec. 14 and then to Pullman, Wash., for a rematch with Washington State on Dec. 17.
The final non-conference game of the year has Rice coming to Fertitta Center on Dec. 20 for the first time in facility history and the first game between the Cougars and Owls at Houston since 2014.
The Coogs ended the season with a NET ranking of 73. Here are the end of season NET rankings (as of April 2, 2023, for Houston's 2023-24 non-conference opponents:
schedule subject to change
|Nov. 10||Fri||7 p.m.||vs Air Force||Fertitta Center||TBA|
|Nov. 14||Tue||7 p.m.||vs Sam Houston||Fertitta Center||TBA|
|Nov. 19||Sun||7 p.m.||vs Grambling State||Fertitta Center||TBA|
|Nov. 26||Sun||2 p.m.||vs New Orleans||Fertitta Center||TBA|
|Nov. 29||Wed||7 p.m.||vs Middle Tennessee||Fertitta Center||TBA|
|Dec. 3||Sun||2 p.m.||vs Florida A&M||Fertitta Center||TBA|
|Dec. 8||Fri||TBA||at Texas A&M Commerce||The Field House||TBA|
|Dec. 12||Tue||TBA||vs Texas Southern||Fertitta Center||TBA|
|Dec. 14||Thu||TBA||at UTSA||UTSA Convocation Center||TBA|
|Dec. 17||Sun||2 p.m.||at Washington State||Beasley Coliseum||TBA|
|Dec. 20||Wed||1 p.m.||vs Rice||Fertitta Center||TBA|
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