Aug. 9, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF head women's basketball coach Tanya Haave unveiled the 2007-08 schedule today. The slate features a definite Bay Area flair as the Dons compete against every local Division I team except Cal.
San Francisco opens its 32nd season of women's basketball with a two-game road trip to Colorado, where it will kick off the 2007-08 regular season in Greeley Sunday, November 11 at Northern Colorado in a 3:00 PM tip-off. The Dons then tackle Colorado State Tuesday, November 13 in a 6:00 PM showdown at Moby Arena in Fort Collins. Last season, Haave recorded her first Division I coaching victory against the Rams.
USF hosts Big-12 opponent Colorado Friday, November 16 with a 7:00 PM tip for the 2007-08 home opener at War Memorial Gym. The Dons take a quick road trip to Southern California to take on Cal State Fullerton Monday, November 19 slated for a 6:00 PM start at Titan Gym.
"It's a special treat for me to have the Colorado Buffaloes come to SanFrancisco for our home opener," said Haave, who was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. "CU will always have a special place in my heart as not only a former employer but also as my home state university."
San Francisco then welcomes South Alabama, UMKC and Villanova to the Hilltop for the fifth annual odwalla Classic, beginning Friday, November 23. The Jaguars take on the Wildcats at 5:00 PM before the Dons host the Kangaroos at 7:00 PM. The Consolation/Championship of the Classic is set for Saturday at 5:00/7:00 PM starts.
"Once again, we have three quality teams visiting USF for the odwalla Classic. Our opponent in the first round, UMKC, will be a much improved squad and we will have our hands full with them. South Alabama, a team from the tough Sun Belt Conference, will take on Villanova from the Big East with Harry Perreta at the helm. Coach Perreta is the "father" of the spread offense that we use here at USF," Haave said.
After hosting their tournament the Dons embark on a two-game road trip against Pac-10 opponents. USF renews its rivalry with perennial national power Stanford, Wednesday, November 28 with a 7:00 PM start at Maples Pavilion and then travels to Corvallis Sunday, December 2 for a 2:00 PM contest at Oregon State.
USF then kicks off the longest homestand of the year with five straight games in the friendly confines. Sacramento State visits Wednesday December 5 at 6:00 PM, followed by Bay Area rival San Jose State Sunday, December 9 in a 2:00 PM matinee. San Franicsco welcomes Cal Poly to the Hilltop Saturday, December 15 and Eastern Washington visits Tuesday, December 18. Both games are set for a 7:00 PM start. USF plays its final home game of 2007 when it welcomes newly minted Big West member UC Davis Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 PM.
San Francisco travels to Reno to close out the year at Nevada Sunday, December 30 in a 2:00 PM tip at the Lawlor Event Center.
Defending WNIT Champion Wyoming invades the Hilltop January 3 to ring in the New Year Thursday, January 3 at 7:00 PM in the Dons final tune-up before West Coast Conference play.
"The non-conference schedule will provide many challenges for us, playing teams from the Pac 10, Big 12, Big East and Mountain West Conferences," Haave said. "Our schedule will more than adequately prepare us for the always tough West Coast Conference season. I'm particularly excited about renewing our series with Stanford this season. Wyoming, who won the WNIT last season will be a great final non-conference test for us."
San Francisco welcomes 2007 WNIT participant San Diego to the Hilltop to open the 23rd season of WCC women's basketball Saturday, January 12 with a 2:00 PM whistle. The Dons upset the No. 2 seed Toreros in the 2007 WCC Tournament in Portland.
USF welcomes the Pacific Northwest schools beginning Thursday, January 17 against Portland before taking on defending WCC Champion Gonzaga in a Saturday matinee. The Dons then take on ancient Bay Area rivals Santa Clara and Saint Mary's. San Francisco heads across the Bay Bridge for a showdown against the Gaels at McKeon Pavilion Thursday, January 24 in a 7:00 tip-off and then travel south down Highway 101 for a Saturday evening contest against Santa Clara at the Leavey Event Center.
Pepperdine visits War Memorial Gym Thursday, January 31 and Loyola Marymount follows Saturday for an afternoon contest to close out the first half of WCC action.
USF opens the second half of the league schedule with a three game road trip beginning Saturday, February 9 with a 2:00 PM game against USD in the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Dons then travel to the Northwest to take on the Bulldogs Thursday on Valentine's Day and close out the trip with a visit to the Rose City for a 2:00 PM Saturday tilt against the Pilots.
Saint Mary's visits the Hilltop Thursday, February 21 for a 7:00 PM showdown and the Broncos invade War Memorial Gym Saturday at 7:00 PM to conclude rivalry weekend. USF closes the 2008 regular season on the road, starting Thursday February 28 at Gersten Pavilion against the Lions and play the finale against the Waves Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse.
"The WCC in 2008 will be an extremely close race once again. Of any conference in the country I believe that the gap between 1-8 in the WCC in the smallest I have seen," Haave said.
San Diego will serve as host for the 2008 WCC Tournament, running March 6-9 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.