Aug. 24, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Featuring a home tournament on Thanksgiving weekend and a trip to Hawai'i, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball program released its 2010-11 schedule, head coach Jason Flowers announced.
"We are looking forward to playing a schedule that will challenge us throughout the entire season," Flowers said. "We are especially proud of the field that will be playing in the Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketball Classic. Our non-conference schedule is full of quality opponents that will help us prepare for an improved Big West Conference."
The Matadors will play a total of 14 regular season games at The Matadome, including the Holiday Inn Woodland Hills Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament that brings three postseason teams from a year ago to the San Fernando Valley.
On Nov. 25 and 26, the Matadors will host Wyoming, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Wichita State in a four-game tournament starting at 5 p.m. each day. Tennessee-Chattanooga and Wyoming will start the event at 5 p.m. on Nov. 25, with CSUN and Wichita State meeting at 7:30 p.m. The next day features the same time schedule, with the previous day's losers squaring off before the championship game.
The Lady Mocs made the NCAA Tournament last season as the Southern Conference champions, while the Cowgirls participated in the WNIT and the Shockers played in the Women's Basketball Invitational.
Flowers' first game as the Matadors new head coach will be a home game, as CSUN hosts Pepperdine on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Following the contest with the Waves, Northridge heads to the Hawaiian Islands to participate in the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic. The Matadors will be joined by Oregon State and Eastern Michigan in addition to the host Rainbow Wahine.
CSUN begins the tournament with a 6 p.m. (HT) game against Hawai'i on Nov. 19 and then plays Oregon State on Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. (HT). The Matadors close out the festivities with a game against Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. (HT) on Nov. 21.
Upon their return from the islands, Northridge hosts its second West Coast Conference opponent of the season, Loyola Marymount. The Lions and Matadors will tangle at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30.
The month of December shows an extensive traveling schedule for CSUN. It begins with a trip to El Paso, Texas to face UTEP on Dec. 3, followed by a Dec. 5 game at New Mexico State in Las Cruces.
The lone home game of the month comes after the trip to Texas and New Mexico. CSUN hosts Washington on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in The Matadome.
The Matadors head back out on the road again before the holidays, traveling to Yankton, South Dakota to face the University of South Dakota on Dec. 18. Two days later, the Matadors go to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State.
Following the holidays, the Matadors open the Big West season with yet another roadtrip, this time taking them to Northern California to face Pacific and UC Davis. The Matadors and Tigers meet on New Year's Eve at 2 p.m., while CSUN and UCD christen the New Year with a Jan. 2 contest at 2 p.m.
Flowers' first Big West home game will come against one of his former programs, as CSUN hosts Long Beach State on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. However, the league schedule puts CSUN back out on the road for its next two games. Northridge heads to UC Riverside for a Jan. 13 game at 7 p.m. and then faces Cal State Fullerton in Orange County on Jan. 15 at 3 p.m.
The Matadors take a break from the league slate to host San Diego on Jan. 19 as part of a doubleheader at The Matadome with the CSUN men's basketball program. The Toreros and Matadors start the day with a 5 p.m. game.
The home stay is short-lived yet again, as CSUN heads to San Luis Obispo for its next game, a Jan. 22 game against Cal Poly at 4 p.m.
All that time on the road means that CSUN will play seven of its final 11 games at home. That stretch begins with a Jan. 27 home game against UC Irvine at 7 p.m., followed by a contest against UC Santa Barbara at 4 p.m. on Jan. 29. The homestand concludes with a Feb. 3 meeting with UC Riverside at 7 p.m.
Following the contest with the Highlanders, CSUN heads to Irvine to face the Anteaters at 4 p.m. on Feb. 5 and then travels to face Long Beach State on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
CSUN closes out the season with four of its final six games at home. The Matadors host Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. The game between the Matadors and Titans will be Northridge's annual "Pink Zone" game to promote breast cancer awareness in collaboration with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
On Feb. 17, the Matadors host Cal Poly in The Matadome at 7 p.m. The final road trip of the year takes CSUN to Cal State Bakersfield for a non-conference game on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. and a Feb. 26 game at UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m.
The final weekend of the season pits Northridge at home against UC Davis and Pacific. THe Matadors face the Aggies on Mar. 3 at 7 p.m. and then battle the Tigers on Mar. 5 at 4 p.m. The game against the Tigers will also be the team's senior day as the program hosts the final home game for the team's two seniors: Analee Viena-Lota and Anna Simmons.
The Big West Tournament runs from Mar. 8-12. The first round of the tournament will be played at the highest-seeded team's home gym. The final two rounds will be played at The Pond in Anaheim, with the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid the NCAA Tournament.