Oregon State's 2014-15 women's basketball non-conference schedule has been released. The 11 game slate will be proceeded with an exhibition contest against Western Oregon on Sunday, November 9.
While we do know the dates of each game, television arrangements and tipoff times will be revealed at a later date.
Only four of the 11 regular games will be played at home in Gill Coliseum, concluding with a Saturday game against Sacramento State on December 6.
The first road game will be played at Santa Clara on November 22, a stop on the way west to Laie, Hawaii for a pair of contests against Butler and BYU. The meeting with the Bulldogs, a team that went to the massive WNIT last season, will be played on Thanksgiving Day. The Beavers will face BYU, which lost in the Sweet Sixteen to eventual national champion Connecticut last March, two days later.
Those games on the islands will be a part of the Tom Westin Invitational, hosted by the BYU-Hawaii Seasiders.
Oregon State, who will likely open the season in the Top 25, will host in-state rival Portland to start the regular season on Friday, November 14. Utah State will then come calling two days later.
The Beavers will return home from Hawaii and face Idaho, a team that made the NCAA Tournament last year, on December 4. The quick return home ends with the aforementioned game against the Hornets.
It's back on the road ten days later for the most anticipated game of the non-conference schedule, a trip to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina. The Tar Heels fell to Stanford in the Elite Eight of last year's big dance.
The team will go from there to New Orleans for a pair of intriguing matchups on December 19 and 20 with Southern Illinois and Nevada, both a part of the Xavier University (LA) hosted "New Orleans Shootout".
The Beavers will head home from the Big Easy for Christmas, then reconvene on the 28th for another challenging game, this one in Knoxville against yet another 2014 Sweet Sixteen participant in Tennessee.
The Volunteers finished last season with a record of 29-6, posting wins against fourth ranked South Carolina, 12th ranked Kentucky, and #16 Vanderbilt throughout the season. They will make a return trip to Corvallis in the 2015-16 season.
The schedule is set up nicely for fan attendance, which is sure to receive a boost after last year's run to the NCAA Tournament. The Western Oregon game will be played on Dad's Weekend, and the Arizona State football game is sandwiched between the Portland and Utah State meetings.
A good job was done once again to get teams from the region to make the trip to Corvallis, making the home games more enticing for the average fan. Opponents like the Pilots and Vandals are much more enticing than ones like Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Maryland Eastern Shore that the men's team typically brings in.