A little late on this, but some extra tidbits and some other perspective on the 2010-11 women’s basketball schedule, released Tuesday by the University of South Dakota.
The 29-game slate is, at first glance, impressive and at the same time, befitting a third-year Division I transitional school. There’s a mix of big-time road games and impressive mid-major home games, as well as some NAIA home contests sprinkled in.
Asked about the schedule, head coach Ryun Williams had the following to say:
“It’s a pretty balanced schedule; nice to see those 13 home games. We’re glad to see high-profile
games at home; that shows we’re moving along in our transition.”
The Coyotes, 15-16 a year ago, will host three D-I opponents that USD played on the road last season — in the first year of a home-and-home contract. USD will face Santa Clara (Nov. 30), Wichita State (Dec. 5) and Cal-State Northridge (Dec. 18).
In addition, USD will begin home-and-home contracts with Northern Colorado (Nov. 12, season opener) and
Cornell (Jan. 6) — meaning both of those schools will be in Vermillion for the 2011-12 season. Southern Illinois Edwardsville, whom USD plays on the road on Jan. 9, will also return to Vermillion that year.
Said Williams about those contracts:
“We’re to the point where most of the contracts we sign are home-and-home deals.”
A few other tidbits about the schedule:
** Interesting to note the teams USD will NOT play in 2010-11, namely South Dakota State. Sounds like last season’s well-publicized matchup in Brookings was basically a one-year deal, and the two schools will just wait to play again when USD joins The Summit in 2011-12. Another school not on the schedule, Mount Marty College.
** Williams said USD has two years remaining with Northern Iowa and that the Colorado State road game will conclude that contract (a 3-for-0 setup). And the Dec. 2 matchup with Creighton — in Vermillion — will “likely” begin a four-year contract between the two schools, according to Williams.
** The Dec. 28 road game against Wisconsin-Green Bay marks the second straight year the two schools will play.
UW-Green Bay played the Coyotes in a neutral site game last season in Sioux Falls. Williams called Green Bay “one of the toughest places in the country to play a road game. That’ll be a neat challenge.”
** The 12-game Great West Conference schedule is nothing too surprising, other than following a road game at North Dakota, the Coyotes will play four straight conference games in the DakotaDome.