Arkansas women’s basketball releases 2023 non-conference schedule

Arkansas guard Samara Spencer shoots against two South Carolina players during an NCAA college basketball game in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023.(UA Athletics)

The Arkansas women’s basketball team’s non-conference schedule was released Thursday, which features a home game against UCLA, a team that made it to the Sweet 16 last year and is expected to be ranked near the top of all preseason polls.

The lineup also includes seven other home games, two away matchups, a neutral game in North Little Rock and two separate invitationals in Florida.

The Razorbacks open the season with three home games starting with Louisiana Monroe on Nov. 7. After that, the team faces Murray State on Nov. 10 for Elementary Day when schools can sign up for field trips to watch the game. The Hogs finish the homestand against Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 14.

Two more Division I in-state opponents are next, including Arkansas State in Jonesboro, followed by Central Arkansas at home in Fayetteville.

The team’s first of four trips to Florida begins in Fort Myers at the Elevance Health Women’s Fort Myers Tip-Off Nov. 24-25 where the Hogs will play Wisconsin and either Marquette or Boston College.

In the inaugural SEC/ACC Challenge, Arkansas is set to play Florida State on Nov. 30 in Tallahassee. The UCLA game will round out the week on Dec. 3.

Next up are games against Louisiana Tech, who the Hogs faced in the first round of the WNIT last year, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which will mark the third year the Razorbacks have played all four in-state D1 opponents.

After facing Samford at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock, the Hogs travel back to Florida for the West Palm Beach Invitational for games against Illinois, and either San Diego State or Loyola Chicago.

Arkansas will finish the non-conference slate with a home matchup against Incarnate Word on New Year’s Eve.

2023-24 Arkansas women’s basketball non-conference games

Nov. 7 – Louisiana-Monroe
Nov. 10 – Murray State
Nov. 14 – Arkansas-Little Rock
Nov. 17 – at Arkansas State
Nov. 20 – Central Arkansas
Nov. 24 – Wisconsin (in Fort Myers, Fla)
Nov. 25 – Boston College or Marquette (in Fort Myers, Fla.)
Nov. 30 – at Florida State
Dec. 3 – UCLA
Dec. 7 – Louisiana Tech
Dec. 10 – Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Dec. 16 – Samford (in North Little Rock)
Dec. 20 – Illinois (in West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Dec. 21 – San Diego State or Loyola Chicago (in West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Dec. 31 – Incarnate Word