Women's Basketball Announces 2009-10 Schedule
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada women's basketball schedule will feature games against five postseason opponents from a year ago as well as 17 home games, second-year head coach Jane Albright announced Thursday.
"The schedule is a perfect blend of what we need to get ready for a strong WAC conference. After losing three starters to graduation, we felt we needed to start out playing more home games and we were fortunate to schedule those," Albright said. "This will also give our fans a chance to learn about the character and chemistry of our new group. The games will be challenging and we face foes from 11 different conferences. Mark these dates on your calendars and come support our Pack."
Nevada will play an exhibition game against CSU East Bay at Lawlor Events Center on November 1. The Pack will open the regular season at home on November 13 with a game against CSU Monterey Bay and will host 2009 NCAA Tournament participant UC Santa Barbara on November 16.
Nevada will travel to Moraga, Calif., on November 20 to take on St. Mary's before returning home to host Weber State on November 23. The Pack will host the annual Nugget Classic November 27-28. The Pack will take on Columbia in its first game while Iowa will play West Virginia. The championship and third place games will take place on Saturday. The Pack has won the Nugget Classic the past two seasons and three times overall. Tournament participant West Virginia advanced to the second round of the 2009 WNIT.
Nevada will stay at home to host Sacramento State on December 2 before traveling to Arizona on December 4 for a matchup with the Wildcats. Nevada will host intra-state rival UNLV on December 6 before traveling to Pepperdine on December 18.
Nevada will play in the University of San Diego Surf N Slam Tournament December 28 and 30. Nevada will take on San Diego on December 28 while Cal and Boston College will square off in the other opening round game. The championship and third place games will be played on December 30. Cal advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2009.
The Pack will close out non-conference play on the road at BYU on January 2 before traveling to San Jose State on January 6 to open WAC play. Nevada will host Boise State on January 9 in a doubleheader with the men's team before traveling to Utah State and Hawai'i on January 13 and 16.
Nevada will host 2009 NCAA tournament participant Fresno State on January 21 and LA Tech on January 26. The Lady Techsters advanced to the second round of the WNIT in 2009. Nevada will play two games on the road, at New Mexico State on January 30 and at Idaho on February 3 before hosting San Jose State on February 6. Nevada will play at Boise State on February 10 and will then host Utah State on February 13 in a doubleheader with the men's team. The Pack will stay at home to host Hawai'i on February 15.
Nevada will play its final two regular season road games at Fresno State on February 20 and at LA Tech on February 27. Nevada will close out the regular-season at home against New Mexico State on March 3 and Idaho on March 6.
The WAC Tournament will be hosted by Nevada and will be held March 10-13 at Lawlor Events Center.