The Harvard head women's basketball coach Kathy Delaney-Smith announced the 2009-10 schedule Thursday. The Crimson, who has reached the postseason in two of the last three years, has put together another challenging slate to prepare for its Ivy League campaign.
The Crimson will host 13 games at Lavietes Pavilion, including six non-conference opponents. Four of Harvard's opponents reached the postseason last winter. Harvard will play Navy, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and New Orleans for the first time in program history and could face Georgia Southern for the first time at the 23rd Annual Coors Classic.
Harvard opens the season at home against Boston College Saturday, Nov. 14. The Crimson will look to even the series in the first meeting since 2006. Three days later, Harvard welcomes Maine for the third straight meeting between the two programs. The next four contests will be on the road. First stop is Fairfield, Conn., for a Nov. 21's game against Sacred Heart. The two teams will be meeting for the first time in 10 years. The Crimson makes another short trip to New Hampshire Nov. 24 to face UNH for the third year in a row. The Wildcats lead the overall series, 16-7, but Harvard has won three straight. Harvard closes out its first road series at the Annual Coors Classic in Boulder, Colo. The Crimson will face New Orleans in the first game, Nov. 27, and either play Colorado or Georgia Southern the following day.
The Crimson returns to Lavietes Pavilion for three-straight contests all against intrastate rivals. Harvard hosts Holy Cross (Dec. 2), Boston University (Dec. 6) and Northeastern (Dec. 9) during that stretch. It will be the fourth straight meeting with the Crusaders where the Crimson owns a two-game win streak. The Crimson and BU will tip off for the 18th consecutive year and Harvard will meet the Huskies for the third time in four years.
After a 20-day break for exams, the Crimson returns to the court at Marist (Dec. 29). On Jan. 2, Harvard hosts Navy for its final non-conference home contest. It will be the first meeting between the two programs. The Crimson travels to Massachusetts (Jan. 6) for the first meeting with the Minutewomen since 1991. It's the first of four straight games away from Lavietes Pavilion. Harvard travels to NJIT (Jan. 12) Dartmouth (Jan. 16) and Florida State (Jan. 21) to round out the trip.
Harvard dives into the Ivy League slate the last weekend of January when Columbia and Cornell visit Cambridge. The following weekend, the Crimson travels to Princeton (Feb. 5) and Penn (Feb. 6) before returning home to host Yale (Feb. 12) and Brown (Feb. 13). Harvard spends the next two weekends on the road at Cornell (Feb. 19), Columbia (Feb. 20), Brown (Feb. 26) and Yale (Feb. 27). Harvard closes out the Ancient Eight campaign with three-straight home contests. The Crimson hosts Penn (Mar. 5), Princeton (Mar. 6) and Dartmouth (Mar. 9).
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