UK Hoops Releases Schedule

LEXINGTON, Ky.— Seventeen home games, a trip to Santa Barbara Calif., and a new 16-game Southeastern Conference slate, are features of the 2009-10 University of Kentucky women's basketball schedule, UK Coach Matthew Mitchell announced Monday.

The Wildcats, who have advanced to postseason play in a school-record five consecutive seasons, will face a challenging schedule as five squads (Auburn, Florida, Louisville, Tennessee and Vanderbilt) were ranked in last year's final Associated Press Top 25 poll and 14 teams appeared in postseason play (Boston, Butler, UTC, UCSB, Louisville, MTSU, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee).

"It's particularly exciting this season as the new SEC schedule increases from 14 games to 16," Mitchell said. "The fact that there are 16 league games for the first time in SEC history makes our schedule unique and more challenging. Every year we work really hard to construct a schedule that will prepare us for success in the SEC. We feel like we have accomplished that this year as our non-conference schedule also includes very exciting and formidable opponents."

After an exhibition game vs. Bellarmine on Nov. 9, the Wildcats open the 2009-10 schedule with back-to-back home games, playing host to first-time opponent Boston University on Friday, Nov. 13, and Butler on Sunday, Nov. 15. The Boston Terriers are looking to continue their success from last season after finishing 25-8 overall and compiling an unblemished 16-0 record in America East play. The Butler Bulldogs are coming off an impressive season which saw them notch their second-straight 20-win campaign, tie the school record for most conference wins in a season and advance to postseason play (WNIT) for the first time since 1998.

Overall, the non-conference slate boasts 13 games against teams from 11 different conferences, including high-profile matchups against Louisville (Pack the House), Middle Tennessee and UC Santa Barbara. Eight of the 13 non-conference opponents posted winning records last season, including six with 20 or more wins. Six teams – Boston University, Butler, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, UT-Chattanooga and UC Santa Barbara – advanced to the postseason.

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