HAMDEN, Conn. - Home dates with Army, Holy Cross and Vermont highlight the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team's 2010-11 non-conference schedule. The Bobcats will also take part in tournament play at Vanderbilt and St. Joseph's, in addition to road dates at St. Bonaventure, Yale and New Hampshire.
"We've put together a very challenging non-conference schedule that will prepare our team for the always competitive Northeast Conference season," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "We're excited to have new additions from the New England area in Holy Cross, Vermont and Army visiting the TD Bank Sports Center for the first time. I also like putting a national tournament and a regional tournament on the schedule. We were able to achieve both goals by playing in the Vanderbilt Tournament with USC and Princeton, as well as the St. Joseph's Tournament with New Hampshire and Lafayette as we put the final touches on non-conference play."
The Bobcats open the 2010-11 season with a home date against Holy Cross, Nov. 17. The Bobcats also opened the 2006-07 campaign against the Crusaders, winning a 72-69 nail-biter on Burt Kahn Court. Quinnipiac then takes to the road for its next three games, with the first taking place at the Atlantic 10's St. Bonaventure on Nov. 21.
Immediately following Thanksgiving, the Bobcats travel to Nashville, Tenn., to take part in the Vanderbilt Tournament. They'll open against the host Commodores on Nov. 26, before facing either the University of Southern California or Princeton on Nov. 28. The Bobcats nearly earned their first win against a nationally-ranked team when they fell to then-No. 17 Vanderbilt, 75-74, this past Dec. 10 at the TD Bank Sports Center.
The Bobcats then return home for a three-game homestand, starting Dec. 1 against Vermont. NEC play commences Dec. 4, when Quinnipiac plays host to Wagner. After a week off, the Bobcats welcome Army to the TD Bank Sports Center on Dec. 11.
Following first-semester finals, the Bobcats travel to Yale and New Hampshire on Dec. 20 and 22, respectively. After Christmas, Quinnipiac will take part in the St. Joseph's Tournament, featuring New Hampshire, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the host Hawks.
NEC play begins in earnest following New Year's, with the Bobcats playing host to Mount St. Mary's on Jan. 4. A swing through New Jersey is up next, as Quinnipiac faces Monmouth (Jan. 7) and Fairleigh Dickinson (Jan. 10).
Quinnipiac returns home to play host to traditional rival Central Connecticut on Jan. 15, before welcoming Bryant to the TD Bank Sports Center on Jan. 17. Trips to Mount St. Mary's (Jan. 22) and Wagner (Jan. 24) precede the lone match-ups of the year against 2010 NEC Regular Season Champion Robert Morris and 2010 NEC Tournament Champion Saint Francis (Pa.). The Colonials visit Lender Court on Jan. 29, before the Red Flash comes to town on Jan. 31.
The Bobcats will also play Long Island and St. Francis (N.Y.) just once in 2010-11. Quinnipiac travels to LIU's Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center on Feb. 5, before gracing the Terrier's Pope Physical Education Center on Feb. 7.
NEC Rivalry Week is up next, as the Bobcats will face intrastate foe Sacred Heart in two consecutive games, Feb. 12 and 14. Quinnipiac faces the Pioneers at the Pitt Center first, before Sacred Heart makes the return trip to Lender Court.
Quinnipiac makes its final regular-season road trip Feb. 19 and 21, when it travels to Central Connecticut and Bryant, respectively. Closing out the regular season, Fairleigh Dickinson (Feb. 26) and Monmouth (Feb. 28) visit the TD Bank Sports Center.
The 2011 NEC Tournament will return to home sites after three years in one-site, true-tournament form. The higher seed in each quarterfinal match-up gets the honor of playing host. Following the quarterfinal-round games, the remaining teams will be re-seeded, with the highest-remaining seed playing the lowest in the semifinals. The higher seeded of the two remaining teams in the championship game will play host in the finals.
All games are subject to change as a result of possible television programming. Bobcats fans should visit the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for the latest schedule changes in addition to breaking news and highlights. Quinnipiac fans who wish to purchase tickets can buy them online at www.QuinnnipiacBobcats.com or by calling the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3905.