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Boilermaker Women’s Basketball 2009-10 non-conference schedule announced

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The 2009-10 Purdue women’s basketball non-conference schedule features seven homes games, including four contests in Mackey Arena to start the season.

“We’re gearing up for another exciting year,” Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp said. “We know that Mackey Arena is one of the toughest basketball venues in the country thanks to our fans, so we’re thrilled to be playing a total of seven home non-conference games plus an exhibition contest in West Lafayette. Of course, we can’t play all our games at home and we will cover the West Coast and the East Coast with two games in California followed by the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at Virginia. We feel like we have put together a non-conference schedule that will be good for our team and for our fans.”

FahKara Malone is one of three seniors on the 2009-2010 squad.

FahKara Malone is one of three seniors on the 2009-2010 squad.

The first opportunity to see seniors FahKara Malone, Jodi Howell and Laura Garriga in action this season is in Purdue’s sole exhibition game Nov. 8 against Lindsey Wilson College, an NAIA school from Columbia, Ky.

The Boilermakers open the regular season Nov. 15 in Mackey Arena when they take on Western Illinois.

Coach Versyp and her team will compete three consecutive days when they play host to the BTI Classic, a round-robin event Nov. 20 to 22. Purdue will face Seattle at 5:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 20, followed by Dayton vs. Georgetown at approximately 8 p.m. The Boilermakers play the Flyers at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 while Seattle and Georgetown face off at 8 p.m. and in the final day of competition, Purdue goes up against Georgetown and Seattle plays Dayton. Game times for Sunday are yet to be determined.

“The opportunity to host a three-day tournament is outstanding,” Versyp said. “It is a great way to prepare our team for the rigors of the postseason and to be able to play those games at home is an added benefit.”

After the four-game home stand, the women will play four non-conference road games. The Boilermakers first head to California over the Thanksgiving break to play at UC-Riverside on Nov. 27, followed by Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif., on Nov. 29. An interesting note, current Purdue president France A. Córdova was chancellor of UC-Riverside from 2002 to 2007 before moving to West Lafayette.

Next up is the Big Ten/ACC Challenge contest at Virginia on Dec. 3. The Boilermakers are looking to pick up their first victory in the Challenge since it was resumed in 2007.

The final non-conference road game of the regular season is Dec. 13 at Oakland in Rochester, Mich.

The Boilermakers return to the friendly confines of Mackey Arena on Dec. 19 when they play host to Evansville and will play a final game before the holiday with a Dec. 21 matchup at home against Gardner-Webb. The Runnin’ Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb are a member of the Big South Conference and are located in Boiling Springs, N.C.

Purdue’s final non-conference game of the regular-season is against instate rival Notre Dame on Jan. 4 in West Lafayette, Ind.

In addition to the non-conference contests, the Boilermakers will play 18 Big Ten regular-season games and the full schedule is expected to be released in late August. The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament returns to Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 4 to 7, 2010.

Season tickets go on sale beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 3. Complete game times and the television schedule will be announced at a later date and all dates, times and opponents are subject to change.

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