AU Women's BBall Announces 2008-09 Schedule

Auburn, Ala.--The 2008-09 Auburn women's basketball schedule includes eight NCAA Tournament teams from last season, including five that advanced beyond the first round, head coach Nell Fortner announced Monday.

"We have tried to get our schedule stronger the past two years and I think we have done that," Fortner said. "We have eight NCAA Tournament teams on a schedule and an always tough SEC schedule. Every game you play is an opportunity to improve."

The Tigers start the season on the road at Alabama A&M (Huntsville, Ala.) on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. before returning for the home opener Nov. 17 vs. Temple, an NCAA Tournament team last season, at 6 p.m. Auburn continues its travels on Nov. 19 at Georgia Southern (Statesboro, Ga.). The Tigers will play Ohio State on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. to conclude home play in the month of November.

The remainder of November the Tigers will be on the road as they take on UAB on Nov. 26. Auburn will play in its first of two tournaments in Miami, Fla., Nov. 29-30 as Florida International welcome the Tigers and N.C. State.

Auburn returns to BEMC for two straight home contests to open the month of December. North Carolina A&T will travel to the Plains Dec. 3 for a 6 p.m. game, while Sam Houston State will take on the Tigers Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

Auburn returns to the road on Dec. 19 when it travels to Washington, D.C., for a rematch with George Washington. The Colonials edged out the Tigers last season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Stanford, Calif. George Washington lost to Rutgers in the Sweet 16. The Tigers meet another NCAA Tournament team in Coppin State on Dec. 21 in Baltimore, Md., before returning home for the Christmas holiday.

The team will reconvene in Miami for the University of Miami Christmas Tournament Dec. 29-30. In addition to Auburn, the Hurricanes welcome Brown and Duquesne. Auburn concludes non-conference play Jan. 3 when it hosts Stephen F. Austin in a double-header with the men's team. The women will play at 2 p.m.

SEC action begins on the road Jan. 8 at South Carolina. The SEC home opener is Jan. 11 against Florida at 2 p.m. The remaining home games include: Alabama, Jan. 22; two-time defending national champion Tennessee, Jan. 25; Ole Miss, Feb. 5; Kentucky Feb. 12, Georgia, Feb. 22 and Arkansas, March 1.

Auburn's road conference games in addition to South Carolina include: Arkansas, Jan. 18; Georgia, Jan. 29; LSU, Feb. 1; Alabama, Feb. 8; Mississippi State, Feb. 15 and Vanderbilt, Feb. 19.

The Tigers return four starters from last season's NCAA Tournament team, including DeWanna Bonner, Sherell Hobbs, Jordan Greenleaf and All Smalley. Bonner was named Honorable Mention All-American and First Team All-SEC a year ago, while Smalley was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.

The SEC Tournament will be held at Alltel Arena Mar. 5-9 in North Little Rock, Ark. The first and second round of the NCAA Tournament will be at eight campus locations beginning Mar. 21.

Auburn's evening games, with the exception of televised contests, will begin at 6 p.m. CT, while weekend games will be played at 2 p.m. CT. The SEC television schedule is set to be released at a later date.

Season tickets will go on sale October 1. Individual packages are $50, while the family plan, which includes four tickets, is $150. Regular season-single game tickets are $5 and Auburn students are allowed in for free. Groups of 20 or more can purchase in advance for a discounted price of $2 per ticket. All exhibition games are free to the public.

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