Creighton unveils women's bball schedule

OMAHA, Neb. -- Highlighted by fourteen home games and road trips to Cancun, Houston, Salt Lake City, the 2012-13 Creighton women's basketball schedule was announced today by head coach Jim Flanery.

Creighton finished last season with a 20-13 record, including victories in eight of their final 10 contests. The Jays season ended on a last second shot by St. John's in the NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays return 10 of the 11 active members of the roster last season, including four starters. The Jays play 30 regular-season contests during the 2012-13 season, 14 in D.J. Sokol Arena and 16 games on the road.

The non-conference schedule kicks off with a flurry as five of the Jays' first six opponents appeared in the 2011-12 NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays open the 2012-13 season at home against Oklahoma (Nov. 10), then travel to South Dakota State (Nov. 14). The lone team in the opening six not to make the Dance last year is next as the Jays head to Vermillion to take on South Dakota on Nov. 20.

Creighton returns home to face Kansas (Nov. 25), then travel to Salt Lake City for a neutral site contest against BYU on Nov. 28. The final NCAA matchup of 2012-13 is interstate rival Nebraska on Dec. 5.

The highlight of the road contest for Creighton comes on Dec. 21-22 as the Jays travel to Cancun, Mexico to play in the Caribbean Challenge. The four-team tournament will feature Creighton, Miami-Ohio, Nevada and South Florida. Creighton will face Miami-Ohio (Dec. 21) and South Florida (Dec. 22).

"It's a challenging schedule, but we have an experienced team and when you have a team that is capable of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament you have to pursue that opportunity." said Flanery.

"Playing in a tournament like the Caribbean Challenge gives the team something to look forward to, it's a great bonding experience, but it also affords a chance to play quality opponents and improve our schedule."

The Jays wrap up its non-conference schedule with road contests against Houston (Dec. 8) and Minnesota (Dec. 30) as well a home game against North Dakota State (Dec. 16).

Creighton's 18-game Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) schedule begins on Jan. 3 as the Jays host Southern Illinois and Evansville (Jan. 5) in the opening weekend. Illinois State (Jan. 11) and Indiana State (Jan. 13) open MVC play in Omaha the following week, before Creighton heads to Wichita State (Jan. 19) and Missouri State (Jan. 21). The month of January comes to a close for the Bluejays against Northern Iowa and Bradley at home on Jan. 25 and Jan. 27, respectively.

The Jays close out the first half of the MVC schedule at Drake on Feb. 2, then complete a three-game road trip against Indiana State (Feb. 8) and Illinois State (Feb. 10).

Creighton closes the regular season with five of its final seven games at home, hosting Missouri State (Feb. 14), Wichita State (Feb. 16), Drake (March 3), Evansville (March 7) and Southern Illinois on March 9. The Jays final two road contests come against Northern Iowa (Feb. 21) and Bradley (Feb. 23).

The MVC Tournament returns to The Family Arena in St. Charles for the sixth consecutive season from March 14-17. Creighton will be looking to defend their 2011-12 MVC Tournament Championship and earn a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

National, regional and local television packages will be set in the upcoming six weeks and be listed on the men's basketball schedule page on GoCreighton.com as those items become finalized.

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