The 2015-16 season will usher in a new era for Portland State women’s basketball under first-year Head Coach Lynn Kennedy. Kennedy took over the program in early April after the Vikings went 4-25 overall, 2-16 in Big Sky Conference action in 2014-15.
The rebuilding started during the first months of Kennedy’s tenure as he signed eight newcomers. In all, the Vikings add five freshmen and five transfers, three of which will have to it out the season due to NCAA Transfer Rules. PSU returns three letterwinners from a year ago along with two more coming off redshirt years.
The new-look Portland State team opens the season at home with an exhibition game against Oregon Tech on Monday, Nov. 9 at the Peter W. Stott Center. It will be the first of 16 home games for the Vikings over the course of the season.
The Vikings open the regular season on the road with a swing through Southern California beginning Friday, Nov. 13 at Cal State Fullerton. The Vikings then head to Long Beach, Calif. to take on Long Beach State on Sunday, Nov. 15.
PSU’s regular season home opener will be Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. PT against Warner Pacific. Kennedy will try and continue a strong home winning tradition, as the Vikings are 302-189 all-time at home and 92-51 over the last 10 seasons.
Portland State will continue a three-game home stand with the University of Portland on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. followed by UC Davis the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 27.
The Vikings will hit the road for a two-game swing through South Dakota starting with South Dakota State (Dec. 3) followed by the University of South Dakota (Dec. 5).
Portland State returns home for two home contests against Corban University (Dec. 12) and Seattle University (Dec. 15). Corban will be the third Cascade Collegiate Conference that the Vikings will play in 2015-16, the same conference Kennedy coached against for 10 years at Southern Oregon.
The final non-conference road game for the Vikings will be Thursday, Dec. 17 when they travel to Eugene, Ore. to take on the Oregon Ducks. They will conclude their non-conference slate on Dec. 20 against Cal State Northridge at the Stott Center.
Portland State begins Big Sky Conference play on the road at Sacramento State on Jan. 2. It will be the second year under the conference’s new un-balanced schedule. Under the new format, the Vikings will play everyone in the conference twice in 2015-16 except North Dakota, Northern Colorado, Northern Arizona, and Southern Utah.
After starting the conference season on the road, the Vikings will host Montana (Jan. 7) and Montana State (Jan. 9) before heading back out on the road to take on Weber State (Jan. 14) and Idaho State (Jan 16).
The Vikings longest conference home stand will start Jan. 23 against the Hornets and will continue against Eastern Washington (Jan. 28) and Idaho (Jan. 30).
The Vikings would open February in the state of Montana as they play at Montana State on Feb. 4 followed by Montana on Feb. 6. They return home for Idaho State (Feb. 11) and Weber State (Feb. 13) before two more road games at Idaho (Feb. 18) and at Eastern Washington (Feb. 20).
The final home games for the Vikings will be on Feb. 25 against North Dakota and Feb. 27 against Northern Colorado. The game with the Bears will be Senior Day for the Vikings.
Portland State closes out the regular season on the road at Northern Arizona on Wednesday, March 2 and at Southern Utah on Friday March. 4.
The Big Sky Conference has a new post-season set-up and format this season. The Big Sky will move its conference tournament to a neutral site in Reno, Nev. All 12 teams will be part of the tournament for the first time as it takes place at the Reno Events Center. First round games take place on Mar. 7, followed by quarterfinals on Mar. 9, semifinals on Mar. 11 and the championship on Mar. 12.
2015-16 PORTLAND STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Nov. 9, Oregon Tech (Exhibition)
Nov. 13, at Cal State Fullerton
Nov. 15, at Long Beach State
Nov. 21, Warner Pacific
Nov. 24, University of Portland
Nov. 27, UC Davis
Dec. 3, at South Dakota State
Dec. 5, at South Dakota
Dec. 12, Corban University
Dec. 15, Seattle University
Dec. 17, at Oregon
Dec. 20, Cal State Northridge
Jan. 2, at Sacramento State*
Jan. 7, Montana*
Jan. 9, Montana State*
Jan. 14, at Weber State*
Jan. 16, at Idaho State*
Jan. 23, Sacramento State*
Jan. 28, Eastern Washington*
Jan. 30, Idaho*
Feb. 4, at Montana State*
Feb. 6, at Montana*
Feb. 11, Idaho State*
Feb. 13, Weber State*
Feb. 18, at Idaho*
Feb. 20, at Eastern Washington*
Feb. 25, North Dakota*
Feb. 27, Northern Colorado*
March 2, at Northern Arizona*
March 4, at Southern Utah*
March 7-11, Big Sky Conference Tournament, Reno, Nev.
* Big Sky Conference Game
(Home Games In Bold)