Aug. 23, 2007
ATHENS, Ohio - The 2007-08 Ohio women's basketball schedule is highlighted with non-conference matchups against two NCAA tourney teams, a tournament at Air Force and an early MAC meeting against conference foe Bowling Green.
"I'm really excited about this year's schedule," said Head Coach Sylvia Crawley. "We have a more experienced team and are able to handle a little tougher schedule. We have a lot of road games and it is tough to win on the road. It's going to be very challenging but it'll prepare us for the conference season."
Before the regular season tips off, Ohio will host an exhibition game against the Australian National Team on Nov. 7 in the Convocation Center.
The Bobcats will kick off the season on the road at Butler on Nov. 10 and will host South Alabama and Presbyterian College in back-to-back home games on Nov. 13 and Nov. 24, respectively.
The `Cats will then play their next five games on the road starting with a contest against Cleveland State on Nov. 26.
On Nov. 30, Ohio will face Utah Valley State in the opening round of the Air Force Classic in USAFA, Colo. The consolation and championship games are scheduled for Dec. 1. Other teams participating in the two-day tournament include Hampton and Air Force.
Ohio then heads to Pittsburgh on Dec. 5 for a game against the Panthers, followed by a trip to Lehigh on Dec. 10.
Pitt earned an at-large bid to last year's NCAA tournament for the team's first-ever tourney appearance. The Panthers defeated James Madison in the opening round before falling to National Champion Tennessee in round two.
Returning home Dec. 14, the Bobcats host Marshall on Middle School Day at The Convo and remain at home for a Dec. 16 meeting with Robert Morris.
Robert Morris won the 2007 Northeast Conference Tournament (NEC) Championship last year for the school's first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Colonials lost in the first round to NC State.
The Bobcats go back and forth in the remaining three non-conference games. On Dec. 21 the `Cats head to Big Ten town Ann Arbor for a matchup against Michigan. On Dec. 30 the `Cats host Morehead State at the Convo before heading out to Annapolis, Md. for a rematch with the US Naval Academy on Jan. 5. Ohio opened last season with a 72-49 victory over Navy at The Convo.
Ohio will open MAC play at home against Kent State on Jan. 9. The Bobcats then visit Bowling Green on Jan. 12 in a series that left off with the Bobcats defeating the then No. 16 Falcons and snapping their nation-leading home winning streak.
"I'm ok with playing Bowling Green early on," said Crawley. "I think our non-conference schedule is so tough that it is going to prepare us and get us ready for that game. The sweetest part about it is that we'll get to play Bowling Green for our last home game, which is Senior Night. It's going to be a great atmosphere and environment for women's basketball."
The `Cats head to Buffalo on Jan. 16 before hosting Miami on Jan. 19 (Steubenville Day) and Akron on Jan. 22.
Ohio will face the following MAC schools once during the conference season; Central Michigan (Jan. 26), Ball State (Jan. 30), Western Michigan (Feb. 2), Eastern Michigan (Feb. 9), Toledo (Feb. 13), and Northern Illinois (Feb. 16).
To round out the conference schedule, Ohio gets second conference go-arounds with Akron on the road on Feb. 20, Buffalo and Bowling Green at home on Feb. 23 and Feb. 27, respectively, concluding with away games at Kent State on March 1 and Miami on March 5.
The MAC Tournament is slated for March 9, 11, 14-15 in Cleveland, Ohio at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena.