Tentative Slate Set for Women's Hoops
July 23, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - Two trips to the east coast, a home date with a Southeastern Conference opponent and six jaunts to the Golden State highlight the release of the tentative schedule for the 2009-10 University of Arizona women's basketball team.
Head coach Niya Butts will begin her second season in charge of the Wildcats on the road as Arizona will take part in the Iona College Tip-Off Tournament in New Rochelle, N.Y. The Wildcats will take on the host Gaels before finishing up play against either Bucknell or Miami, Ohio.
Following the first of two trips to San Diego, starting with the JHG Jam at San Diego State, the Wildcats will open a 14-game home slate against SEC-foe Mississippi. The Cats will then head back to San Diego for a return matchup with San Diego. The Wildcats downed the Toreros last season in McKale Center, 66-58.
December begins with the Wildcats hosting Nevada (Dec. 4) and New Mexico (Dec. 9) before heading East again, this time for a date at Atlantic Coast Conference standout Georgia Tech. A quick return home sees the Cats head back to California for a third time two days before Christmas to battle UC Riverside.
Following the holiday break, the Wildcats will host Alabama A&M before beginning Pac-10 play on New Year's Day at home against UCLA. The Cats face three teams in conference play who advanced to at least the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament last season, including Final Four participant Stanford. The Cats visit the Cardinal on Jan. 30 before hosting the defending conference champs on Feb. 25.
The series with in-state rival Arizona State resumes on January 23 when the Sun Devils come to McKale Center. The Wildcats make the return trip to Tempe on Feb. 20 after hosting Big West Conference member Cal State Northridge in the last non-conference game of the season.
Following a regular season-ending trip to face USC and UCLA, the Wildcats will make their 6th trip to California a few days later to participate in the State Farm Pac-10 Tournament, staged March 11-14 at the Galen Center on the USC Campus.
The Wildcats will hope to continue their season the following weekend as 1st and 2nd round play in the NCAA Tournament will take place March 20-23. The Final Four will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas with the semifinal games played on April 4 prior to the April 6 national championship game.