With the 2017-18 Nevada women’s basketball season just around the corner, first-year head coach Amanda Levens has released the Wolf Pack’s 11-game nonconference schedule.
“Our nonconference schedule will undoubtedly prepare us for tough Mountain West play,” said Levens. “Having six teams on our preseason schedule who qualified for the postseason last year, we will be tested early against some of the best teams in the country.”
The Pack will open on the road this season as it heads to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Utes on Friday, Nov. 10. This will be the second straight season that these two teams will meet after the Utes visited Reno last year.
Nevada will then begin a long homestand, which will run from Nov. 12 through Nov. 28. The Pack’s home opener at Lawlor Events Center will be against Portland State on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. Nevada will look to make it two consecutive wins over Pepperdine when the Waves come to town Nov. 15. The Pack defeated Pepperdine last year, 69-60, in Malibu.
As has become tradition, Nevada will host the annual Nugget Classic near the end of November, but with one change. Instead of back-to-back days of tournament play, the event will be spread out and held on Friday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 26. This year’s Nugget Classic features SMU, Sacramento State and UC Riverside.
For the team’s final game of November, the Pack will welcome 11-time National Champion UConn to Lawlor Events Center Tuesday, Nov. 28. The Huskies will become the highest-ranked women’s team to play against the Wolf Pack in Lawlor.
As the month of December gets underway, Nevada will make the trip over to Maui to play in a tournament hosted by Oregon State Dec. 1-2. The Pack will play two games during its stay, facing off against the tournament host Beavers, who made an appearance in the Sweet 16 last year, and Montana State, also an NCAA Tournament qualifier in 2016-17. Mountain West foe Utah State will also be part of the tournament.
Nevada returns to the mainland but remains on the road for its last nonconference road game Saturday, Dec. 9 at Seattle. The Wolf Pack will play its final nonconference contests inside Lawlor Events Center Tuesday, Dec. 12 against Cal State Stanislaus and Saturday, Dec. 16 against Santa Clara. The Cal State Stanislaus matchup will be played at 11 a.m. for the team’s annual When I Grow Up game.
All home weeknight games will be played at 6:30 p.m., except for UConn which is still to be determined, while any weekend home games will tip at 2 p.m. Day one of the Nugget Classic will feature two games at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and day two will feature the final two games at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Deposits for 2017-18 season tickets are now available. For more information, call (775) 348-PACK or visit NevadaWolfPack.com.
(University of Nevada, Reno contributed to this report.)