DURHAM, N.H. –University of New Hampshire women’s basketball head coach Kristin Cole has released the schedule for the upcoming 2008-2009 season. The opponents include powerhouses from the Big East, Atlantic-10 and Ivy League.

The Wildcats will open up the 2008-2009 season at home with a first-time meeting against Bryant University (Nov. 14). For the Bulldogs, the meeting will mark the team’s Division I debut as a member of the Northeast Conference, after posting a 20-12 record last season in Division II.

Following the match up with the Bulldogs, New Hampshire will play their next six games on the road starting with a meeting against assistant coach Katie Nelson’s alma mater Massachusetts (Nov. 19). The Wildcats will then play the first of two tournaments of the season when they travel to play in the Long Island University Tournament (Nov. 28-Nov. 29).

New Hampshire will open up the month of December with away games against Harvard (Dec. 3), Colgate (Dec.5) and Boston College (Dec. 9), all teams the Wildcats faced last season.

The Wildcats will return to Durham for a two-game homestead against Northeastern (Dec. 14) and Canisius College (Dec. 20). The squad will then round out the month of December playing on the road at the Louisville Tournament, where the Wildcats will square off against Central Michigan (Dec. 28), Morehead State (Dec. 29) and Louisville (Dec. 30).

The Wildcats continue their road trip as they take on Xavier (Jan. 2) for the first time in program history. For head coach Kristin Cole, the meeting marks her first visit to the Cintas Center since serving an assistant coach for the Musketeers from 2002-2007. The meeting also marks a homecoming for assistant coach and former Xavier standout Tara Boothe, who holds Musketeer all-time records in both points and rebounding.

New Hampshire tips-off their conference schedule against rival Maine (Jan. 7) at home. Last year the Wildcats swept the Black Bears in conference play and set the record for three-pointers in the victory on Jan. 30 with 12.

The Wildcats will then travel to the RAC Arena to take on UMBC (Jan. 7). Last time UNH faced off against the Retrievers on the road, the Wildcats were led by a 19-point effort by returning forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) on their way to 77-67 victory. 

New Hampshire returns home to play intrastate rival Dartmouth (Jan. 13) before traveling on the road to face Boston University (Jan. 17) and Stony Brook (Jan. 21). The Wildcats will then make another stop in Durham as they square off against Albany (Jan. 24). UNH will finish out the month of January in Binghamton (Jan. 28) for the first two meetings on the season.

The Wildcats will then have a three-game homestead as they face off against Vermont (Feb. 1), Hartford (Feb. 4) and UMBC (Feb. 8).

Cole and her Wildcats will then play four of the next seven games on the road as they face Maine (Feb. 10), Vermont (Feb. 22), Albany (Feb. 28) and Hartford (March 7). In that stretch New Hampshire will take on Boston University (Feb. 15) at home for the first time since the heart-breaking 77-75 loss in Durham last season. The Wildcats will round out their home schedule with meetings against Stony Brook (Feb. 25) and Binghamton (March 4).

The 2009 America East Tournament will begin on March 12. The University of Hartford will serve as hosts for the second straight year, with all games taking place at Chase Arena in West Hartford, Conn.


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