Women's BBall Slate Announced; Soccer Opens

West Virginia University and the BIG EAST conference have announced the 2007-08 WVU women's basketball schedule.

The Mountaineers will face 12 teams that competed in postseason play last year including eight squads that qualified for the NCAA tournament and the two participants in last year's national title game (Tennessee and Rutgers). On the year, WVU has 12 home contests including visits from the Scarlet Knights, Notre Dame, Louisville, Marquette and DePaul. WVU has 17 contests away from the WVU Coliseum, including two tournaments in late November and early December, highlighted by trips at Indiana, USF and Connecticut. WVU's home-and-home is with rival Pitt and it has two contests this season in Charleston, W.Va., at the Charleston Civic Center; the Mountaineers take on defending national champion Tennessee and Marshall.

"We have a very competitive schedule," WVU coach Mike Carey said. "Our non-conference schedule is highlighted by playing Tennessee in Charleston and playing at Indiana. We have a lot of seniors on this year's team so we felt comfortable with having a lot of non-conference away games. Most of those teams will return those games here next season when we'll have such a young team. And we have a well-balanced BIG EAST schedule. Every night will be tough in this league and every game is always competitive. We're excited for this season."

This season, WVU returns all five starters from its 21-11, 11-5 squad that advanced to the 2007 NCAA tournament's second round and finished fourth in the BIG EAST. Senior All-America guard Meg Bulger also returns after sitting out the last year and a half with a knee injury.

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The West Virginia University women's soccer team opens the 2007 campaign with a pair of games this weekend. WVU will play host to Bowling Green on Friday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. and will travel to Virginia for a match on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 2 p.m. The Mountaineers and Falcons will meet for the first time since 1998 with WVU holding a 2-0 lead in the all-time series. BGSU is led by 11th-year coach Andy Richards who guided his 2006 team to a 10-10-0 record. Bowling Green was picked to finish second in the 2007 Mid-American preseason coaches poll. Friday's contest marks just the third time the Mountaineers will open a season at home. WVU is 2-0 in home openers, a 3-1 win over Syracuse in 2000 and a 3-1 victory against Dayton in 2005.

The Mountaineers will travel to Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday for Sunday's road opener with the ninth-ranked Cavaliers. West Virginia went 2-2-2 last season against ranked opponents. WVU is 4-5 all-time in its first road match of the year while Virginia holds a 6-1-1 advantage in the all-time series. A year ago the Cavaliers reached the NCAA tournament's round of 16 for the sixth time in the past eight years. West Virginia returns nine starters as it looks to repeat as BIG EAST American Division champions. Izzo-Brown begins her 12th season as head coach of the Mountaineers and has led her teams to seven straight NCAA tournament appearances.

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West Virginia University men's soccer senior midfielder Andy Wright has been named to the Soccer America preseason All-American team announced today. Wright started all 21 matches for the Mountaineers last season scoring five goals, posting six assists and accumulating 16 points. The senior was named to the 2006 NSCAA second team all-northeast region team as well as being named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star. The senior scored two goals and had one assist in a pair of exhibition games to prepare for the 2007 season. Wright was selected to the preseason all-BIG EAST team for the second consecutive year on Aug. 6. The Soccer America preseason men's All-American team is comprised of 23 athletes from across the country, with a total of five hailing from the BIG EAST.

The Mountaineers will open the 2007 regular season on Aug. 31 against Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, where they will participate in the Bert and Iris Wolstein Soccer Classic. Game time is set for 5 p.m. and will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

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