Grizzlies womens schedule released
“I love that our home opener is against Penn State and then we get to try and redeem ourselves against Illinois," Oakland coach Beckie Francis said.
“It's just exciting. Our players love playing this type of competition in the non-conference season."
The Grizzlies open the season at Detroit Nov. 12 before heading to Illinois-Chicago. The actual Fighting Illini come to Rochester Dec. 8.
Oakland battled until late against both Penn State and Purdue, falling late to the Nittany Lions and even dominating the Boilermakers at the halftime break. The close loss to Penn State was later looked at as a turning point in the young season, one which Francis said showed the team it would hang in with exceptional teams.
Oakland again hosts two exhibition games against Western Ontario (Oct. 29) and Ferris State (Nov. 5).
Other notables on the non-conference schedule include: Cornell (Nov. 28), Clemson (Dec. 18) and Providence (Dec. 22).
Oakland surged through the conference portion of its schedule in 2009-10, ending with a 14-4 record, good enough for second place in the conference. That was after a terrible beginning to the season, where they were still juggling lineups in the wake of a season-ending knee injury to center Brittany Carnago. The 6-foot-3 center is back and should be paired with Bethany Watterworth, who was an all-league second-teamer after averaging 13.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in her freshman season out of Lake Orion.
Francis looks forward to starting the twin towers together, but urged caution, "We'll see how things go.”
The Grizzlies begin conference play Dec. 2, hosting Southern Utah and close the Summit season Feb. 28 at UMKC. The Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D., is March 5-8.
The schedule in full:
@ Oral Roberts
@ North Dakota State
@ South Dakota State
@ Western Illinois
South Dakota State
North Dakota State
@ Southern Utah
Summit League Tournament* Sioux Falls, S.D.
*Qualification needed, but more than likely