Sept. 9, 2008
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Oxford, Ohio - Miami University announced today the release of the schedule for the upcoming 2008-09 women's basketball season. The RedHawks, coming off their first ever NCAA tournament berth will play a challenging non-conference schedule with five games at Millett Hall. That includes a visit by Kentucky on January 3, 2008. The season opens November 14, as Miami travels to Eastern Illinois to face the Panthers.
Miami faces IPFW in their home opener on Saturday, November 22. It will host La Salle three days later on Tuesday, November 25. The RedHawks hit the road for their next five games, including a trip to Wake Forest (Nov. 29) and participation in the Air Force Tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Dec. 5-6). After returning home for games against Butler (Dec. 13) and Murray State (Dec. 21), Miami will travel to Gainesville, Fla. for its second tournament of the season, the State Farm Classic, where they will face Towson (Dec. 29), followed by either Vermont or the host Florida Gators (Dec. 30).
"I set a more competitive non-conference schedule this year because I think it is important for our players to be challenged," said head coach Maria Fantanarosa. In order to replace our recent graduates Amanda Jackson and Laura Markwood, I think this schedule will give our new leaders a chance to step up."
The RedHawks open the conference schedule on the road as they travel to Akron (Jan. 7). They then have a home game against Kent State (Jan. 10) and road games against Bowling Green (Jan. 14) and Buffalo (Jan. 17) before hosting rival Ohio (Jan. 21) to Millett Hall.
During the MAC West portion of the schedule, Miami hosts Toledo (Jan. 24), Central Michigan (Feb. 7) and Eastern Michigan (Feb. 14). The RedHawks travel to Ball State (Jan. 31), Western Michigan (Feb. 4) and Northern Illinois (Feb. 11).
The final portion of the regular season schedule features rematches against Miami's MAC East opponents. The RedHawks will visit Kent State (Feb. 22), followed by hosting Akron (Feb. 25) and a road game against Ohio (Feb. 28). The schedule concludes with two home games, against Bowling Green (Mar. 4) and Buffalo (Mar. 7).
"I think there will be a lot of parity in the MAC," commented Fantanarosa. "Several of the teams have graduated key players, but the coaches continue to recruit hard and coach at a high level. I look forward to going into a con
ference schedule where every game is important and the champion will have to win 13 or 14 games to win the title." Miami returns eight letterwinners to go with a very strong recruiting class, creating a team with a lot of potential. Three starters return from last year's NCAA Tournament team, including second team All-MAC guard Jenna Schone as well as forward Stephanie Ford and guard Ashley Hawkins.
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