Women's Basketball Announces 2010-11 Schedule
Sept. 22, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's basketball team and first year head coach Sharon Dawley announced the squad's 2010-11 schedule on Wednesday. The Minutewomen will take on tough competition from the ACC, America East, BIG EAST, Colonial, Conference USA, Ivy, Mid-American, Northeast, Patriot and SEC before beginning the always-challenging Atlantic 10 schedule. Out of UMass' 28 opponents, 14 are coming off 2010 postseason appearances in the NCAA and WNIT.
"I think our schedule is set up nicely, there is good balance during the Atlantic 10 portion in that we are not home or away for long stretches," said Dawley. "The strength of our non-conference schedule will prepare us well for the strong and experienced A-10 opponents we will be facing come January and February."
On Nov. 12, the Minutewomen will open up the 2010-11 slate at home vs. George Mason, the first half of a UMass basketball doubleheader, beginning at 5 p.m. The squad will then play the next five straight away from Amherst, beginning with a 2 p.m. contest at Providence on Nov. 14. The Friars are coming off a 2009-10 campaign that saw the squad advance to the quarterfinals of the WNIT.
The following weekend, the Minutewomen will travel to South Orange, N.J., for the Anaconda Sports "The Rock" SHU Classic. On Friday night, Nov. 19, UMass will take on perennial power LSU at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers finished last season ranked No. 25 in the final poll and won an NCAA tournament game. Then on Sunday, Nov. 21, the Minutewomen will play host Seton Hall at 4 p.m.
Over Thanksgiving break, UMass will head to Greenville, N.C., for the ECU Thanksgiving Tournament, Nov. 27-28. The team will face Maryland at 4 p.m. on Saturday and East Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both opponents appeared in the 2010 WNIT where the Terrapins defeated the Pirates to advance to the third round.
The Minutewomen will play the bulk of their games in the month of December at home, beginning against Brown on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. Boston College comes to Amherst on Dec. 5, for a 2 p.m. contest, before UMass breaks from its homestand with a trip to the eastern side of the state to face Boston University on Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. The Terriers are coming off a campaign that produced their second straight postseason appearance in a trip to the WNIT.
The Minutewomen will then host the next three straight, including Binghamton on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m., Wagner on Dec. 19 at 2 p.m., and Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.
Following the holiday break, the Minutewomen will play at Maine on Dec. 29, at 7 p.m., and will finish up its road non-conference slate at Harvard on Jan. 2. The game against the Crimson, who went to the WNIT last season, is set for a 2 p.m. tip.
In its final non-conference matchup, UMass will host Holy Cross in the Curry Hicks Cage on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.
The Minutewomen begin Atlantic 10 play on the road at rival Rhode Island on Jan. 8, before heading to Richmond on Jan. 12. UMass' contest against the Spiders, who made an appearance in the 2010 WNIT, will be televised on CBS College Sports at 8 p.m.
On Jan. 16 at 2 p.m., the Minutewomen return home to take on defending Atlantic 10 champion Xavier. The Musketeers finished the 2009-10 season ranked fifth and were one win away from a trip to the Final Four.
UMass will play host to Saint Louis on Jan. 19, at 11:45 a.m., for the team's annual Field Trip Day, before wrapping up the month at Saint Joseph's (Jan. 22), home vs. Temple (Jan. 26, 7 p.m.) and at St. Bonaventure (Jan. 29, 1 p.m.). Saint Joseph's and St. Bonaventure both went to the WNIT last season, while Temple earned an NCAA berth and won its first round game.
The Minutewomen will host another pair of 2010 WNIT teams on Feb. 2 and Feb. 5, when Duquesne and Charlotte come to Amherst, slated for 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
On Feb. 9, UMass travels to Dayton to play the Flyers who were an at-large selection to the 2010 NCAA field. The Minutewomen then head to George Washington on Feb. 12.
After a full week off, UMass will take on Rhode Island at home on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., before playing its final road game on Feb. 23 at Fordham. The Minutewomen then close out the regular season at home vs. La Salle on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.
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