Women's Basketball 2010-11 Schedule Now Available
June 23, 2010
SEATTLE - The Washington women's basketball has announced their 2010-11 schedule, and once again there are plenty of challenging fixtures in store for the Huskies.
An exhibition with local intrigue marks the first competitive game for the Huskies, who welcome Western Washington to Hec-Edmundson Pavilion on Nov. 3. After a closed-door scrimmage with cross-town program Seattle Pacific, the Huskies will open the season with a home contest against Portland State, who reached the NCAA Tournament last season. The opener will hopefully allow UW to serve some revenge to the Vikings, who beat the Huskies with a heart-breaking shot in the waning seconds last year in Portland.
Washington will then spend the next few weeks on the road, beginning with a trip to Provo, Utah, where BYU awaits. This closes a home-and-home meeting for the two schools. The Huskies were rude hosts last season when the now-graduated Sami Whitcomb hit a game-winning 3 in the final seconds to seal a frantic comeback for Washington.
Up next is a trip to The Last Frontier, where the Huskies will play in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena. The tournament, which takes place Nov. 23-24, pits Washington against Kent State and the winner (or loser, depending on how UW fares) of Alaska-Anchorage and San Jose State.
Then it's back to the Beehive State for a game against Utah on Dec. 1 in Salt Lake City. The Utes finished 23-12 and made the WNIT last season, and will present a formidable challenge at Huntsman Center, which sits 4,226 feet above sea level.
The last non-conference road game comes at Cal State Northridge in the Los Angeles suburbs. The Matadors will be breaking in a new coach this season, having hired Jason Flowers from nearby UC Riverside after Northridge finished just 4-24 last year.From there, the Huskies will wrap up the non-conference slate with a trio of games, beginning with UC Riverside on Dec. 12. Then Washington will complete a home-and-home with Western Michigan, having played in Kalamazoo (and winning) last season. The non-conference campaign closes with a home date against Georgia Tech, which will make the 2,180 mile trip to Seattle to mark the first meeting between the two programs.
Pac-10 play opens against the Los Angeles schools, beginning with UCLA on Dec. 31. When the Huskies travel down to the Oregon schools, it will be the first time UW will not play at MacArthur Court. This year, the Ducks will play in the new Mathew Knight Arena. Afterwards, the Huskies will welcome the Bay Area universities on Jan. 14-16, starting with defending conference champion Stanford. Then it's down to Arizona on Jan. 20-22. The first meeting of the Apple Cup takes place on Jan. 29, followed by a home rematch against the Oregon schools.
Finally, the Huskies will sandwich a three road trips (Bay Area, Washington State and the L.A. schools) around a home meeting Arizona and Arizona State. After concluding the regular season at Pauley Pavilion and UCLA, the Huskies will jet back down to Los Angeles for the Pac-10 Tournament. The ultimate goal every season is the NCAA Tournament, which begins on March 19.
The schedule is still tentative and subject to change. Specific times for all games will be posted when available.