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UC Women's Basketball Announces 2013-14 Schedule
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati head women's basketball coach Jamelle Elliott unveiled the program's 2013-14 regular-season schedule Wednesday afternoon in conjunction with the American Athletic Conference.
The 2013-14 schedule will feature a total of 29 games with 16 to be played at Fifth Third Arena. The inaugural season in the American Athletic conference consists of 18 conference games with home-and-away dates against all nine opponents.
Were really excited about our overall schedule this year, noted Elliott. Our non-conference schedule features three teams from major conferences playing at Fifth Third Arena in Florida State (ACC), Iowa State (Big 12) and Ohio State (Big Ten) which will prepare us well for our first season in the American Athletic Conference.
Following an exhibition contest against Southern Polytechnic State (Nov. 4), the Bearcats will open up a non-conference slate of games that includes 11 opponents from 10 different conferences. UC will make the short trip across the river to open up the season against Atlantic Sun Conference member Northern Kentucky (Nov. 9). The Bearcats then host a trio of games at Fifth Third Arena, including two against NCAA Tournament qualifiers last season in Florida State (Nov. 13) and Iowa State (Nov. 21). The homestand also includes a contest against Kent State (Nov. 17).
Cincinnati will then participate in the Lady Rebel Round-Up hosted by UNLV. The four-team tournament will pit the Bearcats against Charlotte and UNLV against Fordham in the opening round on November 30. Both the consolation and championship games will take place on December 1.
The non-conference schedule will finish with four of the last five contests taking place in the Queen City. Morehead State (Dec. 4), Ohio State (Dec. 15) and Akron (Dec. 17) will all visit Fifth Third Arena while UCs only road trip will be to Youngstown State (Dec. 8).
The final tune up before conference play will come against Xavier in the Crosstown Classic, hosted by the Musketeers this season at the Cintas Center.
The Bearcats jump right into conference play, facing defending national champion UConn on the road in a nationally televised contest on December 29. ESPNU will televise the contest scheduled for a 5 p.m. tipoff. The Bearcats will return home for a New Years Day contest against SMU with the mens basketball team will also face SMU at home that evening. The conference schedule then takes the Bearcats to National Runner-Up Louisville on January 4.
Well be playing a new conference this year but with some familiar faces including both National Finalists in Louisville and UConn along with Rutgers and USF, stated Elliott. Were excited about the addition of the new teams and we will all be in the same boat as we become familiar with each other throughout the season.
Cincinnati then alternates home and road contests for the next month with games at Houston (Jan. 11), at USF (Jan. 21), at SMU (Jan. 28) and at Rutgers (Feb. 4). The Bearcats will play host during that time to Temple (Jan. 18), UCF (Jan.25), UConn (Feb. 1) and Houston (Feb. 8).
The final month of the regular season features trips to Temple (Feb. 15), UCF (Feb. 22) and Memphis (Mar. 3) while UC hosts Memphis (Feb. 12), USF (Feb. 19) and Louisville (Mar. 1)
The inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship will be held March 7-10 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Home to the WNBAs Connecticut Sun, the 10,000-seat, state-of-the-art Mohegan Sun Arena opened in November of 2002, and is now internationally recognized as a premier facility.
The Bearcats finished the 2012-13 season with a 12-18 overall record, winning four of the last six games to close out the regular season. That span included a last-second win against Marquette and a 56-48 win over Rutgers on Senior Day.
Eight of UCs nine letterwinners started at least one contest last season including Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio / South Webster) who started every game. The Bearcats were lead by two-time All-BIG EAST Second-Team selection Dayeesha Hollins who averaged 15.4 points per game.
We have four seniors that will be able to lead our group of nine returners in addition to the four incoming freshmen who we are expecting to come in and help us right away, said Elliott.
Head coach Jamelle Elliott of the Cincinnati Bearcats in a first round game on day one of the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on Friday March 8, 2013. (Photo by Ben Solomon/BIG EAST Conference/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)