The Blade/Lori King
Home games against Purdue and Dayton highlight the University of Toledo women's basketball schedule.
The 2013-14 schedule, released today, shows the Rockets playing the Boilermakers on Nov. 17 and the Flyers on Dec. 22. Both opponents advanced to the second round of last year's NCAA tournament.
“We’re thrilled to host two teams who not only made the NCAA Tournament, but also advanced to the second round," coach Tricia Cullop said in a statement. "Both games will be great measuring sticks for us. I hope our fans circle both those dates as “must-see” games.”
The Rockets will open Mid-American Conference play Jan. 4 at defending tournament champion Central Michigan. Toledo will play East members Ohio and Miami twice as part of the conference's new 18-game slate.After holding an exhibition game in early November, UT’s season officially tips off on Nov. 9 against 2013 WNIT champion Drexel (28-10, 13-5 CAA) in the opening round of the Glass City Tournament. The Rockets and the Dragons will meet for the first time on the hardwood. Toledo will then face either Mississippi Valley State (17-15, 12-6 SWAC) or NCAA Tournament participant Villanova (21-11, 9-7 Big East) in the second round on Sunday, Nov. 10.
A little less than one month later, the Midnight Blue & Gold will host 2013 WBI champion Detroit (21-13, 9-7 Horizon League) on Dec. 6 in the first game of the Toledo Invite and Valparaiso (11-20, 5-11 Horizon League) in the second round a day later. Chicago State (4-26, 2-6 Great West) is the other team set to participate in the two-day invite.
Following the Glass City Tournament and the Purdue contest, Toledo will hit the road for three games, playing at Missouri-Kansas City (9-21, 5-11 Summit League) on Wednesday, Nov. 20 and taking part in Saint Mary’s Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic in Moraga, CA on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 29-30. UT will play Cal State Fullerton (11-22, 5-13 Big West) and WNIT participant and the host Gaels (23-11, 11-5 WCC) in the classic. Southeastern Conference member Alabama (13-18, 2-14 SEC) is the other squad to play in the classic.