Minutewomen Announce Non-Conference Opposition
Sept. 12, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's basketball program and head coach Sharon Dawley announced the upcoming non-conference schedule on Wednesday afternoon. Dawley will lead the Minutewomen through a challenging slate in 2012-13, which features top-level programs from the Northeast region, as well as talented Big East and SEC programs in Notre Dame and Ole Miss, respectively.
"As you can see from our non-conference schedule, we wanted to raise the level of play in order to prepare for the very competitive A-10 Conference," Dawley said. "On Nov. 18 [at Notre Dame] we are bringing Jasmine home to play in front of friends and family. Notre Dame looks as strong as ever, but it is this kind of challenge we are looking forward to."
The 2012-13 campaign begins when UMass hosts Kent State on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., marking the fourth consecutive year the Minutewomen open the season at the Mullins Center. After traveling to Central Connecticut to continue the year on Nov. 13, UMass returns home to battle Quinnipiac on Nov. 16. Senior forward Jasmine Watson will have the opportunity to play in her hometown of South Bend, Ind., when UMass heads to Notre Dame - the NCAA National Championship runner-up last season - on Nov. 18. Following the contest with the Irish, UMass will host a game each against Hartford and Holy Cross on Nov. 21 and 25, respectively.
The Minutewomen follow with four consecutive contests away from Amherst, Mass., ending with a game at Ole Miss. During their time away from the UMass campus, the Minutewomen will also battle the University of Ohio, Miami-Ohio and Boston University.
UMass alternates between home and away contests over the final five non-conference games, beginning with a match-up against Bowling Green at the Mullins Center on Dec. 19. After traveling to Northeastern on Dec. 22, the Siena Saints will challenge Dawley's Minutewomen in Amherst, Mass., on Dec. 28.
After a trip to Boston, Mass., to compete against Harvard on Jan. 2, UMass battles its second consecutive Ivy League opponent in Dartmouth on Jan. 6 to conclude non-conference competition at the Mullins Center.
Tickets for all home women's basketball games are available through the UMass Ticket Office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX.