Jeff Walz and Angel McCoughtry
Sept. 8, 2008
Louisville, Ky. - Teams like Rutgers, Kentucky, Hartford, DePaul, West Virginia, Syracuse and Pittsburgh will highlight the Louisville women's basketball home slate. The Cardinals will face tough competition on the road this season at Connecticut, Xavier, Utah, Notre Dame, and Marquette. Overall the Cardinals will face 18 of 30 games against foes that participated in postseason play.
"We are really excited about the schedule we have put together for the 2008-09 season," said head coach Jeff Walz. "We are playing 18 teams that advanced to post season play last year and it should help us prepare for a run in the postseason. Our nonconference schedule will once again challenge us as we prepare for league play. I think an early road stint against solid competition will help us prepare for a tough BIG EAST slate.
"As always, the BIG EAST will be tough from top to bottom. Connecticut and Rutgers are always going to challenge for the BIG EAST title. But several teams that will also be in the mix for the top spot in the league like Notre Dame, Marquette, DePaul, Syracuse and Pittsburgh just to name a few. We are expecting a tough race but I think we will be up for the test."
Louisville will play two exhibition games this season. They will host ASGR All-Stars on Nov. 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Freedom Hall. The second exhibition game will be a double header with the men at Northern Kentucky on Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. The Cards will tip off the season at Tennessee Tech on Nov. 15.
Louisville will play Austin Peay on Nov. 17 at the Kentucky International Convention Center as their home opener at 7:00 p.m. The Cardinals will then play five straight games on the road, starting with a game at Xavier on Nov. 22. During the Thanksgiving break the Cards will play a game at Utah then head to Reno for a tournament at the University of Nevada. They will wrap up the five road games at Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 3.
Louisville will wrap up nonconference play with a seven straight home games during the month of December. The Cards will return to Freedom Hall as they host Ball State on Dec. 7. NCAA participant Hartford will make an appearance in Freedom Hall on Dec. 10. The Cardinals will try to Pack the House once again on Dec. 14 as the host instate rival Kentucky on Dec. 14 at 2:00 p.m. in Freedom Hall.
The Cardinals will host Vermont on Dec. 21 before playing three straight tournament games to end the 2008 season. Louisville will host New Hampshire, Central Michigan and Morehead State in the Cardinal Classic Dec. 28-30.
The BIG EAST Schedule will start on Jan. 3 as the Cardinals host DePaul in the league opener at 2:00 p.m. Louisville will play three straight conference games at home as they host Seton Hall on Jan. 6 and Rutgers on Jan. 11 in Freedom Hall. Then the Cardinals will play four of their final five games in January on the road. They will travel to South Florida on Jan. 14 and Georgetown on Jan. 17. The Cards will return home to host Cincinnati on Jan. 20.
The Cardinals will return to Connecticut where they had a marvelous run in March to face UConn on Jan. 26. The will finish out the month of January at Providence on the 31st. In February the will host a pair of games against Syracuse on Feb. 3 and West Virginia on Feb. 7.
Louisville will travel to Notre Dame on Feb.11 and then to Cincinnati on Feb. 14. The Cards will host two of three games at home to end the month with St. John's on the 17th. They will then travel to Villanova on the 21st. Senior day will be on against Pittsburgh on Feb. 28th at 2:00 p.m. The regular season will wrap up play at Marquette on March 2. The BIG EAST Tournament will be in Hartford, Conn. March 6-10.
Television and more game times will be released at a later date.