Northern Colorado Women's Basketball Releases 2005-06 Schedule
GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado has announced its 2005-06 women's basketball schedule. This season's schedule features 13 home games (including an exhibition) and seven games against teams that competed in last year's NCAA or WNIT tournaments.
The schedule also features two possible matchups against a pair of future Big Sky Conference opponents. The Bears will be in their third year of a four-year reclassification period in 2005-06 as Northern Colorado moves from Division II to Division I.
"We have put together another competitive schedule for the upcoming season," fifth-year head coach Ron Vlasin said. "We have teams from 14 different Division I conferences including a pair of games against some future Big Sky Conference opponents. Our team and fans are very excited to have a home game this season against a Big Ten Conference opponent in Illinois."
Northern Colorado is coming off a 12-16 season in 2004-05 and will return three starters. This season will mark the final season of Independent status for the Bears as Northern Colorado will join the Big Sky Conference on July 1, 2006 and play a full league schedule in the 2006-07 season.
The Northern Colorado women's basketball squad will open the season at home on Nov. 8 in an exhibition contest against Colorado Mines. The Bears will then open the regular season on the road at Air Force on Nov. 18.
Northern Colorado's regular season home opener will be Nov. 20 against Cal-State Fullerton. The Bears will then entertain the Big Ten Conference's Illinois Fighting Illini in the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion on Nov. 23.
The Bears will then head to the Wingate Classic hosted by Montana State University on Nov. 25-26. The Bears will take on Marquette in the first round on Nov. 25 and then either play Boise State or Montana State on Nov. 26.
Northern Colorado will take part in its second in-season tournament on Dec. 2-3 at the Nugget Classic in Reno, Nev. The Bears will play Nevada in the opening game of the tournament and then take on either Gonzaga or Northwestern State on Dec. 3.
The Bears then travel to Laramie, Wyo., to take on the Wyoming Cowgirls on Dec. 10. Last season, Wyoming scored a 64-39 victory over Northern Colorado last season in the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. UTEP will complete a home-and-home series with the Bears on Dec. 13 in Greeley. Northern Colorado knocked off the Miners in El Paso, Texas, last season by the count of 59-52.
Northern Colorado will take on NCAA Tournament participant Louisville on Dec. 15 in Freedom Hall. Louisville posted a record of 22-9 last season before falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Southern California. The Bears will then head home to the state of Colorado to take on the Colorado State Rams on Dec. 18 in Moby Arena.
The Bears will wrap up the month of December and begin January with a six-game homestand at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. Northern Colorado will wrap December with a pair of home games on Dec. 20 against UMKC and then Dec. 31 against the University of Denver. The Bears will ring in the new year with home games against Mesa State (Jan. 2), Weber State (Jan. 4), Colorado Christian (Jan. 10) and Texas-Pan American (Jan. 15).
Head coach Ron Vlasin's squad will take on Lamar University on Jan. 22 in Beaumont, Texas. The Bears then return home to take on Division II opponent CU-Colorado Springs on Jan. 28.
Northern Colorado will wrap up the season with nine games in the month of February. The Bears will head back to the state of Texas to battle WNIT participant Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 4. Northern Colorado will also take on Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas, on Feb. 6.
Fellow Division I Independent Utah Valley State will come to the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion on Feb. 11 and the Bears will make a return trip to Orem, Utah, on Feb. 21 to take on the Wolverines.
The Bears will tangle with two in-state rivals on Feb. 13 at Colorado and Feb. 16 at Denver.
The Bears will complete the home schedule on Feb. 18 against the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders.
Northern Colorado will finish the season on a three-game road trip that includes Utah Valley State (Feb. 21). The Bears will travel to the east coast as well with a game against Farleigh Dickinson (Feb. 24) in Teaneck, N.J. and a rematch with the Maryland Terrapins on Feb. 26. Last season, the Bears led the Terrapins 75-72 with 4:20 remaining in the game before Maryland rallied for an 87-79 victory. Maryland finished the 2004-05 season with a record of 22-10 and lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 2-seeded Ohio State.
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