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2010-11 Schedule Presents Exciting Challenges for Yale Women’s Basketball

The Yale huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Open 38th Season At Holy Cross

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The 2010-11 Yale women's basketball schedule has been released and the Bulldogs will face exciting challenges in Chris Gobrecht's sixth season as the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball, her 31st season overall as a head coach. 

"What matters most in our non-conference scheduling is to do all we can to prepare to compete in the Ivy League, a conference that continues to rise in athletic stature, while also doing our best to play in the hometowns or home regions of our players," Gobrecht said. "I think we always have to play a difficult non-conference schedule if we are going to be ready to win an Ivy League championship. We expect to be in the hunt for the Ivy League title. We're still a young team with a heavy dependence on underclassmen, but we are deeper and stronger than ever and we will be in the thick of things."

The 38th season of Yale women's basketball opens up on the road in Worcester, Mass., on Friday, Nov. 12, with a game against Holy Cross, followed by a second trip to the Bay State with a Nov. 17 tilt at Boston University.

The Elis play 13 of their 28 games at home in John J. Lee Amphitheater beginning with the third game of the season against Delaware on Nov. 20. In addition to a challenging, 14-game Ivy League slate, Yale's non-conference schedule includes six opponents that reached the postseason in 2010, including Florida State, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and five others that earned berths in the WNIT, including WNIT champion California. The non-conference slate includes opponents from the ACC, Big East, Pac 10, America East, Big West, Northeast Conference, Atlantic 10, Colonial Athletic Association and the Patriot League.

The schedule also includes a homecoming of sorts for California natives Yoyo Greenfield, Ericka von Kaeppler and Aarica West during a Thanksgiving Week West Coast trip where the Bulldogs face California (Nov. 23) and UC Davis (Nov. 26).

The Bulldogs return to the East Coast but remain on the road with a game at Big East Conference  challenger Providence on Dec. 1. Following a pair of home games against Northeast Conference opponents Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 6) and Sacred Heart (Dec. 8), Yale hosts ACC power Florida State on Dec. 18 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

The Bulldogs close out the 2010 portion of the schedule against Fordham and Villanova in the Fordham Holiday Classic.

Coach Gobrecht's talented freshmen class of Janna Graf (F, Mission Woods, Kan.), Alexandra Osborn-Jones (G-F, Valhalla, N.Y.), Zenab Kieta (C, Raleigh, N.C.) and Amanda Tyson (G, Charlotte, N.C.) gets its first taste of Ivy League competition when Yale opens conference play on Jan. 14 at home against Brown. Three of Yale's first four Ivy League contests take place inside the friendly confines of John J. Lee Amphitheater.

The Bulldogs host defending Ivy League champion Princeton on Jan. 29 and follow with a visit to the Tigers on Feb. 18. The highly anticipated match-ups against Harvard begin with a home contest on Feb. 11 and the final road game of the regular season on Feb. 26.

The Elis close out the regular season with a pair of home games against Columbia (March 4) and Cornell (March 5).

Report filed by: Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity