Aug. 12, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Appearances in two preseason tournaments, including the prestigious Great Alaska Shootout, highlight the 2008-09 Northridge women's basketball schedule, head coach Staci Schulz announced Tuesday. The Matadors will play 15 games at The Matadome and travel to Texas, Alaska and Nevada before opening Big West Conference action on Jan. 2 at Pacific during the 2008-09 season.
"This year's schedule will provide challenging competition for the team as we travel to some unique places and experience some tournament formats," said Schulz.
Northridge opens the season with a pair of exhibition contests at The Matadome, starting the season with a game against the traveling squad Love and Basketball, which is comprised of former collegiate players, on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. Four days later, CSUN faces NAIA member The Master's College at 7 p.m.
To open the season, the Matadors travel to Texas to face Rice in a return visit in the series and will meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14. The trip continues two days later with a contest against the Prairie View A&M Panthers on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.
The 2008-09 home opener will pit Northridge against the University of San Diego Toreros on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Three days later, the Matadors welcome Cal State Bakersfield to The Matadome for a 2 p.m. contest.
CSUN heads back out on the road to participate in the Great Alaska Shootout on November 25 and 26 in Anchorage, Alaska. The Matadors open the tournament with host institution, Alaska-Anchorage, on Nov. 25. The next day, Northridge will face either Jackson St. or Syracuse, depending on the outcomes of the games. Times for the games will be announced shortly.
Upon returning from Alaska, Northridge heads down Interstate 405 to face UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. Northridge then hosts San Jose State on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m., and travels to Fresno to face Fresno State on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.
From there, the Matadors head to Sin City to participate in the UNLV Holiday Tournament. On Dec. 19, CSUN will play the host school, UNLV, in a 3:30 p.m. contest. The next day, Northridge will play either Oklahoma State or Southern Mississippi depending on the outcomes of the contests from the day before.
A pair of non-conference home games await the Matadors upon their return from Las Vegas to close out the 2008 calendar year. First up is a meeting with Eastern Washington, a team Northridge saw often during its time in the Big Sky Conference. The Eagles and Matadors will tangle on Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. Northridge then closes out the non-conference schedule with a game against Columbia at The Matadome on Dec. 28 at 2 p.m.
With the dawning of 2009, Northridge embarks on its eighth season in the Big West Conference. As part of the Big West Conference's rotating schedule, the Matadors are without a travel partner during the 2009 league season. First up for CSUN will be a trip to Northern California to face Pacific on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. Two days later, Northridge faces UC Davis on Jan. 4.
The Matadors return home following the Pacific/UC Davis trip to host UC Riverside and Long Beach State at the Matdome on Jan. 14 and 17, respectively. Tip-off between the Highlanders and Matadors is slated for 7 p.m., and the 49ers meet the Matadors at 4 p.m. on Jan. 17.
However, the return home will be short lived as CSUN heads back out on the road the next week, this time traveling to Orange County to face Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine. The Matadors play the Titans on Jan. 21 and face the Anteaters on Jan. 24.
To close out the month of January, Northridge hosts defending league champion UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m., followed by a Jan. 31 contest against Cal Poly at 4 p.m.
In February, the Matadors receive a short break following the game against Cal Poly, not returning to the court until a Feb. 11 meeting at Long Beach State. Three days later, the team heads to the Inland Empire to face UC Riverside on Feb. 14.
Also in February, the team hosts the Orange County schools, facing UC Irvine on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. and battling Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 21 at 4 p.m.
The Matadors' final roadtrip of the season will be a trip up the coast to face Cal Poly on Feb. 26 in San Luis Obispo. The final road game of the season pits CSUN against UCSB on Feb. 28.
The final homestand of the season focuses on a visit from UC Davis and Pacific. First up is a meeting with the Aggies on Mar. 4 at 7 p.m. Senior Day festivities will commence before the Mar. 7 game against Pacific at 4 p.m., where the team will honor its five seniors: Ashley Blake, Crystal Hahs, Whitney Ligon, Tonicia Tademy and Crystian Trice.
The top eight teams in the Big West Conference then qualify for the Big West Tournament, which runs from Mar. 11-14 at the Anaheim Convention Center.