September 11, 2008

Bulldogs Announce 2008-09 Schedule

Sept. 11, 2008

Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Basketball Chris Gobrecht and Yale University women's basketball team have announced their schedule for the upcoming 2008-09 season. In total, the squad will play 14 non-conference games in addition to 14 Ivy League contests.

The Bulldogs kick off the 2008-09 season with a trip to Worcester, Mass. on Nov. 15 to challenge Holy Cross. The Crusaders defeated Yale last season by a score 66-59. In total, the Bulldogs will play three non-conference opponents that they also played last season: Holy Cross, Stony Brook and Quinnipiac

The second game of the season will be the home opener as Bucknell comes to New Haven on Nov. 18. Bucknell represented the Patriot League in the NCAA Tournament last season.

The University of Minnesota's Subway Classic is next on tap, as the Bulldogs will challenge North Carolina State on Nov. 22 and then square off against either American University or the host Golden Gophers on Nov. 23. After a Thanksgiving recess, the Long Island University Turkey Classic rounds out the month of the November for Yale. The Kentucky Wildcats loom as the Bulldogs' first opponent, with either Long Island or New Hampshire awaiting Yale on day two.

After a week off, a pair of trips to the Empire State will pit the Bulldogs against Stony Brook on Dec. 8 and Army on Dec. 10. Yale finally returns home to the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Dec. 21 for an intra-state contest against Quinnipiac of the Northeast Conference.

The Bulldogs will wrap up the calendar year with a west coast swing, as the squad visits California-Irvine and California-Riverside on Dec. 28 and 30. Both teams, members of the West Coast Conference, will be first time opponents for Yale.

The Bulldogs begin 2009 at home with a game against St. Bonaventure. Two more home games, a Jan. 9 showdown with New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Jan. 13 tilt against Division I newcomer Bryant, close out the Bulldogs' non-conference schedule.

Coach Gobrecht will lead the Bulldogs into the Ivy League schedule with a home game against Brown on Jan. 16. The teams will wrap up their two-game season series the following week in Providence, R.I.

A four game home swing carries the Bulldogs into February. Yale welcomes Columbia and defending Ivy League champion Cornell to the Elm City on Jan. 30 and 31 and then faces what is perhaps its most pivotal weekend of the Ivy League schedule when Harvard and Dartmouth come to Payne Whitney Gymnasium on Feb. 6 and 7. Both the Crimson and Big Green posted league-best 11-3 records in 2007-08.

The team then hits the road for four straight contests, with trips to Princeton, Pennsylvania, Cornell and Columbia. After hosting Princeton and Pennsylvania in the last weekend on February, the regular season wraps up on March 6 and 7 with road showdowns at Dartmouth and Harvard.

The Bulldogs were 9-18 overall in 2007-08. The team posted a 7-7 mark in the Ivy League, its first .500 record in the Ancient Eight since the 2001-02 campaign.

Schedule Notes

• Yale's non-conference schedule features three repeat opponents from the 2007-08 season: Holy Cross, Stony Brook and Quinnipiac.

• The Bulldogs' schedule consists of two teams to which they have never lost (St. Bonaventure, Long Island) and three teams that they have never beaten (New Hampshire, North Carolina State, American).

• Non-conference games against Minnesota, Kentucky, California-Irvine, California-Riverside, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Bryant will all be first-time meetings.

• Entering the 2008-09 season, only two opposing head coaches on Yale's schedule have more career victories than Chris Gobrecht's 449: Bill Gibbons (Holy Cross, 463) and Kay Yow (North Carolina State, 729).

• Including possible opponents, the Bulldogs' 14 non-conference games could feature as many as eight different conferences (America East, Atlantic 10, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Northeast, Patriot, Southeastern and West Coast) as well as two independents (New Jersey Institute of Technology and Bryant).

• 2008-09 opposing head coaches Kathy Fedorjaka (Bucknell) and Tricia Fabbri (Quinnipiac) both played for Yale Assistant Coach Dianne Nolan at Fairfield University.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity