Indianapolis, Ind. - Familiar faces and numerous challenges dot the 2007-08 Butler women's basketball schedule, which was released on Monday (August 20) by head coach Beth Couture. This year's campaign will include a trip to Florida, four contests against teams that advanced to post season play last year and six rematches against non-conference foes from last season.
The Bulldogs open up the regular season at home on Nov. 10 when they take on Ohio at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler then hits the road with trips to Peoria, Ill. for a contest with Bradley on Nov. 13 and to West Lafayette, Ind. for a battle with Big Ten foe Purdue on Nov. 17.
Butler heads for a warmer climate the following week when they take part in the University of Miami's tournament in Coral Gables, Fla. during the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 23 and 24. The Bulldogs square-off with Northeast Conference foe Monmouth in the opening round before taking on either Fordham or host Miami the following day.
After a stop in Valparaiso to face Indiana State in the Hoosier Classic on Dec. 1, the Bulldogs open up a four-game homestand over three weeks. Butler welcomes Oakland City to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a rare Monday contest on Dec. 3 and battles Evansville on Dec. 6 before taking a break for finals. The home stretch concludes with contests against Tennessee State on Dec. 16 and IPFW on Dec. 20.
"We will play several quality mid-major teams that will all be fighting for league titles during our non-conference schedule, including some big games at Purdue and against Indiana State in the Hoosier Classic," Couture said.
The Bulldogs wrap up 2007 in Muncie, Ind. when they take on Ball State on Dec. 29 before opening up 2008 and the Horizon League campaign at first-year league member Valparaiso on Jan. 5.
Butler swings through Chicago the following weekend, making stops at Loyola on Jan. 10 and UIC on Jan. 12. The Bulldogs host their first Horizon League opponent of the season on Jan. 17 when they take on defending league champion Green Bay before hosting Milwaukee on Jan. 19.
After making stops at Detroit and Wright State, the Bulldogs return to Indianapolis for another four-game home stretch. Butler hosts Cleveland State on Jan. 31 and Youngstown State on Feb. 2 before welcoming UIC and Loyola to town a week later.
Trips to Wisconsin and Ohio bookend a two-game home weekend where the Bulldogs host Wright State on Feb. 21 and Detroit on Feb. 23. The regular season concludes at home against Valparaiso with Senior Day on March 8, where seniors Candace Bain and Cassie Freeman will be honored in a ceremony prior to the game.
The Horizon League Championship kicks off on March 10 and concludes with the championship game on March 16.
"The league will fall based on whoever shows up to play every night," Couture commented. "There are a lot of great young teams from last year which will now have experience this year. The addition of Valpo to the league only makes things even more challenging."
The Bulldogs are coming off their most successful season during Couture's tenure, finishing tied for second and advancing to the league championship game last year.