Women's Basketball Announces Non-Conference Schedule|
Aug. 26, 2014
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The slate of games features opponents from ten different conferences and has the Bearcats playing as many as six games against teams that finished last season with an RPI of 92 or better.
"Obviously we are really excited about our non-conference schedule this year," noted Elliott. "It's probably the most challenging schedule we've had during my time at UC and we're really looking forward to facing some strong opponents before starting conference play."
The schedule this season will have the Bearcats playing a total of 11 non-conference games, four of which are part of tournament action. Cincinnati will participate in the Cal Thanksgiving Classic hosted by the Bears on November 28-29. The first game will feature the Bearcats against Creighton, who finished 20-14 last season and made it to the second round of the WNIT. Cincinnati will face either NCAA tournament team Cal (22-10) or San Jose State (11-19) in the second game.
The second tournament will be a special one for the Bearcats, as they host the University of Cincinnati Holiday Classic for the first time on December 19-20. Cincinnati squares off with WNIT qualifier Delaware (20-11) in the opening game and will face either Northern Kentucky (18-13) or Arkansas State (22-12) in the second game.
"Having three great teams in Delaware, NKU and Arkansas State playing in Fifth Third Arena during our tournament will make this a great event," continued Elliott. "It will also be special to have our fans cheering us on during that weekend."
The Bearcats will kick off the season with an exhibition contest against Kentucky Wesleyan on Friday, November 7 before starting regular-season play with the home-opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-26) on Saturday, November 15.
From there, Cincinnati will play a pair of road contests against NCAA tournament teams last season. UC starts with UT-Martin, a winner of 24 games last season before traveling to Ames, Iowa to battle 20-game winner Iowa State. The Cyclones finished at least third in national attendance each of the last two seasons, averaging 9,916 fans during home contests last year.
"That is a really tough crowd to play in front of," noted Elliott. "As one of the leaders in attendance in the country, we're hoping playing in that type of environment will be a great test for us and provide some experience for our freshmen."
After participating in the Cal Thanksgiving Classic, Cincinnati will remain on the west coast to face UCLA on Tuesday, December 2. The Bruins are regarded among most recruiting services to have the No. 1 recruiting class in the country with all five players ranked in the top 40.
After returning to Ohio, the Bearcats will make the trip up I-75 to face Bowling Green State on Sunday, December 7. The Falcons won a total of 30 games last season and reached the quarterfinals of the WNIT.
Cincinnati then hosts rival Xavier in the Skyline Chilli Crosstown Shootout on Sunday, December 14 before gearing up for their home tournament. A final non-conference home game against Detroit on December 23 will be the final tune-up before UC opens up conference play.
"We're excited to have everyone back for the start of school healthy and look forward to seeing what we can do at the start of our non-conference season."