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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire women's basketball program, led by third-year head coach Maureen Magarity, has announced the 28-game schedule for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
UNH, which finished fourth in the 2012 America East Conference standings en route to a berth in the Women's Basketball Invitational and a 16-14 overall record, plays six of its first seven games away from home. The Wildcats open the season Nov. 14 at Yale University, then travel to Worcester, Mass. for a rematch of last year's WBI first-round game against College of the Holy Cross on Nov. 17 and conclude a stretch of three consecutive road games at ACC foe Boston College (Nov. 20).
The 'Cats play their home opener at Lundholm Gymnasium against Cornell University on Nov. 25 and return to the road Nov. 28 to tip off against a third Ivy League opponent, Harvard University. The Ivy League theme continues in December when UNH participates in the Brown Classic (Dec. 1-2) and competes against Quinnipiac University in the opening game.
New Hampshire begins a three-game homestand Dec. 5 vs. intrastate rival Dartmouth College as part of a UNH basketball doubleheader at Lundholm Gym. The Wildcats welcome Central Connecticut State University to town Dec. 9 and Wagner visits Wildcat Country on Dec. 17.
It's back to the road for the last two games of the 2012 calendar year with a Dec. 22 game against Cleveland State University and a Dec. 29 matchup at Colgate University.
UNH opens the America East Conference portion of its schedule Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the University of Vermont and then the 'Cats play host to Stony Brook University (Jan. 5.) and UMBC (Jan. 9). Following a road trip to league tournament champion University at Albany (Jan. 16), the Wildcats play host to defending regular-season titlist Boston University (Jan. 19).
New Hampshire is on the road the following week with tipoffs against Hartford and Binghamton. The 'Cats battle border rival University of Maine as Wildcat fans "White Out Lundholm" on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
The second half of the conference slate begins Feb. 2 when UNH travels to Stony Brook and then welcomes Vermont to Lundholm Gym. One week later, the Wildcats are on the road for games against UMBC and Boston U.
UNH matches its longest homestand of the season the latter part of February when Hartford (Feb. 20), Binghamton (Feb. 23) and Albany (Feb. 27) come to Durham in a week's span. The Wildcats close the regular season March 2 at Maine.
The 2013 America East tournament will be held March 8-10 at SEFCU Arena (Albany, N.Y.) and the championship game is March 16 at the site of the higher seed.