DURHAM, N.H. – Head coach Maureen Magarity and the University of New Hampshire women's basketball program has released its non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2010-11 season. The 12-game slate is highlighted with a road visit to Notre Dame, who finished the regular season ranked No. 7 in the country, falling just short of a 30-win season.
The 'Cats follow their two-game homestead with a five-game road trip, starting with a set of rematches from last season against Holy Cross on Nov. 23 and Syracuse on Nov. 29. The Orange ended their 2009-10 season with a loss to the Michigan Wolverines in the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament after posting the most wins (25) in a season since it began competing in the NCAA in 1981-82.
UNH continues its road trip facing off against Manhattan on Dec. 3, Harvard on Dec. 10 and Central Connecticut State on Dec. 19. The Wildcats will look to build on their success against Harvard from last season when they posted a 78-65, overtime victory over the Crimson at Lundholm Gymnasium. For New Hampshire, the win was its largest margin of victory in overtime in program history and was also its first victory against Harvard since Dec. 29, 1999.
The Wildcats take a break from the road, returning home to take on Quinnipiac on Dec. 22. After a brief layoff, New Hampshire is back at it again, hitting the road for the St. Joseph's Tournament from Dec. 28-29. UNH returns home to wrap up its non-conference schedule against the University of Rhode Island on Jan. 1.
The America East slate will be released next month, ensuring that UNH will be facing three more postseason squads, as Vermont earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, Hartford received its first-ever at-large bid in program history, and Boston University was selected to the WNIT.