Women's Basketball Announces 2009-10 Schedule|
Sept. 14, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University head women's basketball coach Royce Chadwick has announced the 2009-10 schedule, which will feature seven postseason teams from the 2008-09 season.
"We are very excited about this season's schedule," Coach Chadwick said. "We have opponents from our old conferences, the MAC and Southern, a D.C. appearance as we take on 2008 NCAA tournament regional semi-finalist George Washington, as well as a three game run through the Big East, with Pitt, Seton Hall and WVU."
Following an exhibition contest on November 1 against West Virginia Wesleyan, the Thundering Herd will play its first three regular season games at the Cam Henderson Center. Marshall will open up the regular season at home against Appalachian State on Friday, November 13. The two squads met on the Mountaineers' home court to begin the 2008 schedule with MU rallying for a 67-65 victory.
A November 16 tilt against Big East foe Seton Hall will mark the first trip to Huntington for the Pirates before the Herd faces former Mid-American Conference rivals Kent State and Ohio University. Marshall and KSU will meet at the Cam Henderson Center on the 21st before traveling to face Ohio U. in Athens on the 24th. The contest against the Bobcats will mark the first of six-straight road games for MU.
On Thanksgiving weekend, Marshall will take part in the Pittsburgh Tournament. The Herd is familiar with all of the other participating schools. MU will open up the event on Black Friday, facing its third-straight MAC opponent, Miami, Ohio. In its final game of the tournament, the team will face either Appalachian State or Pittsburgh. Pitt dealt the Herd a 70-66 loss in the championship game of the 2007 Fifth Third Classic. The Panthers are coming off of a season that saw them advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Next up is a December 2 trip to Cleveland to square off against the Vikings of Cleveland State. Six days later, MU will head to Washington D.C. to face George Washington, who advanced to the regional semis of the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and participated in the WNIT last season.
A quick road trip to Morehead State on the 19th marks the final non-conference road trip of the season as the MU will wrap up the calendar year with home games against UT-Martin, Murray State and Radford.
East Carolina will once again mark the conference opener for Marshall. The Herd will travel to Greenville to face the Pirates in a contest on Monday, January 4. The team will then return home that weekend for a pair of games against defending C-USA champion UCF and Southern Miss. The January 10 game against the Golden Eagles is slated to be nationally televised for the second straight season by ESPN.
On January 15, the Herd begins a weekend trip through Houston, Texas, facing Rice on January 15 before facing the UH Cougars two days later. The annual Capital Classic against 2009 WNIT participant West Virginia, which will be held in Charleston on January 20, marks the final non-conference match of the season for MU, who jumps right back into league play that weekend, making a trip to Tulsa for the second-consecutive season.
The Herd returns home on the weekend of January 28, facing Memphis and UAB before starting the month of February with a tough road swing at UCF on the 4th and Southern Miss on the 6th.
A game against Tulane on February 11 marks the first of three consecutive home contests for MU, who will face UTEP on the 13th and defending regular season C-USA champion SMU on February 21. Road tilts at Memphis and UAB on February 25 and 27 wrap up Marshall's road schedule before the team returns home to finish up the regular season against East Carolina on Wednesday, March 3.
Marshall will have a full week to prepare for the 2010 Conference USA Championship, which will be held in Tulsa, Okla. from March 10-13.
"It will be challenging, yet loaded with opportunities for our team to prepare us for the C-USA grind," Chadwick continued. "If we can stay healthy we are ready."
The Herd returns four of five starters from last season, including redshirt seniors Alyssa Hammond and Chantelle Handy and 2009 All-Conference USA and two-time All-Tournament team member Tynikki Crook.