A home match-up against the University of Virginia, four games against Pac-12 opponents, two SEC foes, a WNIT Champion and a revised conference format highlights the 2021-22 Texas Southern women’s basketball schedule.
The 2021-22 season kicks off on Tuesday, Nov. 9 as TSU heads to the Midwest to face DePaul in Chicago, Ill. On Monday, Nov. 15, TSU will head West to the state of Arizona as they’ll battle 2021 NCAA Tournament runner-up Arizona before returning to Houston on Wednesday, Nov. 17 to face off against local foe and 2021 WNIT Champion Rice University at Tudor Fieldhouse.
TSU will have a break between games as they’ll return to the court on Nov. 23 at Colorado. The team will have a 16-day layoff before heading to College Station, Texas to face Texas A&M on Thursday, Dec. 9 followed by another SEC battle at LSU on Sunday, Dec. 12.
The team heads West once again for a California swing as TSU will head to UCLA on Thursday, Dec. 16. Two days later on Saturday, Dec. 18, head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke returns to her alma mater for a match-up at USC.
TSU continues its travels on Dec. 20-21 as they’ll participate in the Tulane Classic in New Orleans, La. before returning home to the H&PE Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 22 for its non-conference finale against ACC member University of Virginia. UVA is led by Cooper-Dyke’s former Houston Comets teammate Tina Thompson.
TSU’s non-conference schedule will have them prepared for the rigors of SWAC play as TSU will play four games in seven days to open the 2022 SWAC slate. TSU opens SWAC action at Southern on Monday, Jan. 3 followed by a trip to Grambling State on Wednesday, Jan. 5 as this marks a change in travel partners. TSU will make its 2022 home debut on Saturday, Jan. 8 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff followed by Mississippi Valley State inside the H&PE Arena on Monday, Jan. 10.
The Tigers will make their Mississippi swing for a new set of travel partners beginning at Alcorn State on Saturday, Jan. 15 before closing out the trip at Jackson State on Monday, Jan. 17. TSU is back inside the H&PE Arena for a two-game series against Alabama A&M and Alabama State on Jan. 22 and Jan. 24 before closing out the first half on the road at SWAC rival Prairie View A&M on Saturday, Jan. 29. The trip to Prairie View A&M marks the first time since 2000 TSU will square off against its rival at the end of the cycle.
TSU will face off against the SWAC’s two newest members to open the month of February as they’ll travel to Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, Feb. 5 and Monday, Feb. 7. The Tigers are back in Houston on Saturday, Feb. 12 and Monday, Feb. 14 against Grambling State and Southern, respectively before heading to Mississippi Valley State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, Feb. 19 and Monday, Feb. 21. TSU will have its final three games in the H&PE Arena as Jackson State opens the homestand on Saturday, Feb. 26 followed by Alcorn State on Monday, Feb. 28. The 2021 regular season will come to a close against Prairie View A&M on Saturday, March 5 in Houston.
The 2022 SWAC Tournament is back in Birmingham, Ala. as the tourney takes place March 9-12 inside Bartow Arena.