2014-15 Schedule (PDF)
– The entire slate for Temple women's basketball for the 2014-15 season has been announced, with the Owls scheduled to play at least four games on national television.
Temple will embark on its second season in the American Athletic Conference, which includes back-to-back NCAA Champion UConn. The league schedule was announced Thursday, with additional television games, American Digital Network games and game times to be announced later.
More than half of the Owls' 31 games are against teams that advanced to the postseason in 2013-14, including five games against NCAA Tournament teams and 11 games against WNIT participants.
"We gave ourselves a chance even in the toughest games we played last year," said seventh-year head coach Tonya Cardoza
, "and this year we come in knowing more of what to expect. Competing in the American has raised our level of play and has had a really positive impact on our recruiting. We have a lot of new faces this season but this is a group with a tremendous amount of talent and a great work ethic. I think we're all extremely excited to get the season started."
The season begins for the Owls at home on Friday, Nov. 14 with a match-up against Philadelphia Big 5 rival La Salle. Temple's second game is another Big 5 contest at nearby Saint Joseph's on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The Hawks won the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championships and later advanced to the NCAA Second Round before falling to eventual national champion UConn.
The remainder of the month of November is filled with four games Temple will play as part of the second annual Hall of Fame Women's Challenge. The Owls will face Georgetown, Kansas and Alabama on consecutive days at the Allen Fieldhouse, home of the Kansas Jayhawks. The challenge will culminate for Temple at Mohegan Sun Arena on Nov. 30 with a game against Harvard.
"We are so excited to be a part of the Hall of Fame Women's Challenge," said Cardoza. "This is a great opportunity for our players. We will be playing on a national stage against outstanding opponents, and we are really looking forward to participating in this prestigious event."
Temple returns home for a string of four home games to start the month of December. After facing Delaware on Dec. 3 and Fordham on Dec. 7, the Owls will play 2014 WNIT Champion Rutgers on Dec. 10 and 2014 NCAA Second Round participant Florida State on Dec. 14. The Owls then travel to Howard on Dec. 18 and to nearby Villanova on Dec. 22.
The American slate begins late in the month, with the Owls' first conference game taking them to Memphis on Sunday, Dec. 28, for a nationally-televised game on ESPNU. The league home opener for Temple is on Tuesday, Dec. 30 against SMU.
After traveling to Cincinnati on Jan. 3 for the first game of the 2015 calendar year, the Owls will take a break from conference play for their final Big 5 game at Penn on Jan. 5. The Quakers are coming off an Ivy League Championship and their first NCAA appearance in 10 years.
Temple's first meeting with UConn is on the road on Jan. 14, and the Owls will host the perennial powerhouse on Sunday, Feb. 1. The home game for Temple against the Huskies will be nationally-televised on ESPN2.
Another conference team to experience significant success last season was USF, and both of the Owls' games against USF will be televised. The Bulls won four games in the WNIT and advanced to the semifinals before falling to eventual champion Rutgers. Temple will host USF on Jan. 11 on CBS Sports Network, and will face the Bulls on the road on Feb. 22, with that game set to be shown on ESPNU.
The conference schedule is well-balanced between home and away games, with Temple never playing more than two games in a row either at home or on the road. The Owls will face new league members Tulane and Tulsa in back-to-back road games on Feb. 7 and 10, and will play the third new member East Carolina for their final home game of the season on Feb. 28. The league slate concludes for the Owls at Houston on March 2.
The 2015 American Women's Basketball Championship, which will be played March 6-9 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., includes all 11 teams and will be seeded 1-11. The tournament will begin on Friday with matchups between the No. 9 and No. 8 seeds, No. 10 and No. 7 seeds and No. 11 and No. 6 seeds. The winners will advance to meet the first, second, and third seeds, respectively, on Saturday. Also playing on Saturday will be the No. 5 and No. 4 seeds. The top five seeds in the championship receive byes into Saturday's quarterfinal round.