AUSTIN, Texas — Home non-conference games against Texas A&M and Tennessee highlight the 2020-21 University of Texas Women’s Basketball schedule. The Big 12 Conference also announced its league schedule for the upcoming season on Monday. Tipoff times and the complete television schedule for the 2020-21 season will be released when available.
The Longhorns begin their first year under head coach Vic Schaefer with seven-consecutive home games and play nine of its first 10 contests in the friendly confines of the Frank Erwin Center. Five of UT’s opponents on its upcoming schedule reached the 20-win mark last year, and 10 opponents ranked among the top-100 nationally in the final 2019-20 NCAA Women’s Basketball RPI, including four in the top-50.
“I’m extremely excited about the upcoming season,” Schaefer said. “Our student-athletes have been working hard in preparation for this very difficult and challenging schedule. As always, our conference schedule will be demanding, full of Hall of Fame coaches and future Hall of Fame players at each league institution. Our non-conference schedule will prepare us for a very rigorous Big 12 Conference schedule. My staff and I along with our student-athletes look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”
UT will open the 2020-21 season against SMU on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The Mustangs are coached by Travis Mays, former UT Women’s Basketball associate head coach (2012-16) and assistant coach (2004-07). Mays also was a four-year letter winner for the Longhorn men (1987-90) who still ranks second in program history in career scoring (2,279 points).
Texas will play North Texas (Nov. 29) prior to facing Louisiana Tech (Dec. 2), one of the storied programs in women’s collegiate basketball history with three national titles and 13 Final Four appearances.
UT will host Texas A&M as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Sunday, Dec. 6. The Longhorns hold a 62-23 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools. This will mark the first meeting between Texas and Texas A&M since a 67-65 UT win on Dec. 21, 2014 in Little Rock, Ark.
The Longhorns entertain Idaho (Dec. 9) before hosting traditional rival Tennessee on Sunday, Dec. 13. Texas posted a 66-60 win in Knoxville last season (Dec. 8, 2019).
Texas opens Big 12 Conference action with a home contest against Kansas on Thursday, Dec. 17. The Longhorns then play its league road opener at Kansas State on Monday, Dec. 21. UT concludes the non-conference portion of its schedule with a home game against Lamar (Dec. 29).
For the 10th straight year, the Big 12 schedule features a double round-robin format consisting of 18 games, with league members playing each other twice. The Longhorns conclude league action with a home showdown against Baylor on Monday, March 1.
The 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship is slated for March 11-14 (Thursday-Sunday) in Kansas City’s historic Municipal Auditorium.
Schaefer enters his first season with the Longhorns after spending the last eight years as the head coach at Mississippi State, where he led the Bulldogs to a 221-62 (.781) mark and five NCAA Tournament berths, including two NCAA Championship Game appearances. Under his direction, Mississippi State won the program’s first SEC regular-season title (2018) and SEC Tournament championship (2019).
Schaefer guided the Bulldogs to five consecutive SEC Tournament championship games (2016-20), tying legendary coach Pat Summitt and the University of Tennessee’s record for consecutive SEC Tournament final appearances. Over the last four seasons, Mississippi State registered a combined record of 131-16 (.891).