Aug. 25, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri women's basketball Head Coach Robin Pingeton released the team's 2010-11 schedule on Wednesday, a demanding slate that features 14 home contests at Mizzou Arena and games with 13 opponents that earned NCAA Tournament berths a year ago.
"This is a very tough schedule, playing 20 of our 30 games against teams that reached post season a year ago would be challenging for anyone in the entire country," Pingeton said. "In addition to the strength of our schedule, it is going to be very demanding with all of the road games in November and not having an opportunity to play at home until December. However, we are looking forward to the challenges ahead and the opportunity to play against some great competition that will prepare us for our tough conference schedule.”
Overall, the Tigers will play two of last year’s Final Four participants, Baylor and Oklahoma, two more teams who advanced to the Elite Eight, Florida State and Xavier, and nine other teams that earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament field. Mizzou also faces four schools that competed in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) a year ago. Overall, 20 of Mizzou's 30 regular season contests come against teams that reached the postseason in 2010-11.
The Tigers first hit the court on Tuesday, Nov. 2 in an exhibition game against Missouri Western and then host Oklahoma City University for another exhibition contest on Sunday, Nov. 7. Both games will be held at Mizzou Arena.
Mizzou officially opens the 2010-11 season on Friday, Nov. 12 in a contest against Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. The team then travels to Charleston, Ill., two days later for a clash with Eastern Illinois on Sunday, Nov. 14.
On Nov. 25-27, Missouri will compete in the 11th annual Paradise Jam in St Thomas, USVI. The Tigers are in the Paradise Reef Division with 2010 NCAA participants Georgetown, Georgia Tech and Tennessee. Missouri faces Tennessee in the opening game in the Reef Division on Thursday, Nov. 25, followed by Georgetown on Nov. 26 and Georgia Tech on Nov. 27. All three games will tip-off at 6:45 p.m. AST (4:45 p.m. CST.).
The Tigers hit the road for two more away contests, a game with Ball State on Dec. 1 and a matchup with Northwestern in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge on Dec. 5, before finally returning to the comfy confines of Mizzou Arena.
The Tigers open the home portion of the schedule on Dec. 7 with a contest against UT Martin at Mizzou Arena. The matchup with the Skyhawks kicks off a six-game home stand for Missouri, with the team hosting UMKC on Dec. 11, the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Dec. 19, UC Riverside on Dec. 21 and UAB on Dec. 29. Missouri concludes the home stand on Jan. 2 with a contest with Florida State, which advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to eventual National Champion Connecticut last season.
Mizzou closes out the non-conference slate with a trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, to play Xavier on Jan. 5. The Musketeers made a trip to the Elite Eight last season and were a buzzer-beater away from advancing to the Final Four.
Under the traditional Big 12 Conference scheduling format, the Tigers play home-and-home series against each of the North Division teams. The squad plays Kansas State on Jan. 19 (away) and Feb. 5 (home), Colorado on Jan. 22 (away) and Feb. 26 (home), Kansas on Jan. 26 (home) and Feb. 19 (away), Iowa State on Jan. 29 (away) and March 5 (home) and Nebraska on Feb. 2 (home) and Feb. 22 (away).
Mizzou faces each South Division member just once as the team hosts Texas (Jan. 8), Texas A&M (Jan. 15) and Oklahoma State (Feb. 16) and travels to Texas Tech (Jan. 12), Oklahoma (Feb. 12) and Baylor (March 2).
For season or single-game ticket information, please call 1-800-CAT-PAWS (573-884-PAWS in Mid-Missouri). As a reminder, fans who have purchased the Mizzou Spirit Pass and MU students with a valid student ID gain free admission to all Mizzou women's basketball games.
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