VCU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES 2010-11 SCHEDULE

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth University women's basketball team has announced its 2010-11 schedule.  The Rams have a total of 13 home games, nine of those against Colonial Athletic Association opponents.  Highlighting the non-conference slate are home games against 2010 postseason participants East Carolina and Liberty, and road trips to Virginia Tech, Richmond and UNC Charlotte.  In all, VCU will face nine teams that qualified for postseason play a year ago.

"We are very excited about the schedule we have assembled for the 2010-11 season," said VCU Head Coach Beth Cunningham.  "Our program has made great strides the last few years and we are eager to get back out on the court and continue building the VCU Women's Basketball tradition."

On the heels of program record three-straight postseason appearances, the Rams open the year at High Point on Nov. 12 and kick off their home schedule against Winthrop on Nov. 17.  Other home non-conference games include East Carolina (12/2), which reached the second round of the Postseason WNIT last season, Longwood (12/18) and 2010 NCAA Tournament participant Liberty (12/21). 

The road non-conference slate also features in-state foes Virginia Tech (11/21), WNIT participant Richmond (12/5) and Radford (12/23) as well as a matchups against Coppin State (12/8) and UNC Charlotte (12/11).

A Jan. 2 trip to Williamsburg, Va., to face league rival William & Mary begins the Rams' 18-game CAA schedule.  VCU returns to the Verizon Wireless Arena on Jan. 6 for back-to-back conference games against UNC Wilmington and George Mason (1/9). 

The Black & Gold will then spend three of the next four games on the road beginning with a Jan. 13 matchup at Towson.  VCU returns home against Northeastern (1/16) before traveling to Old Dominion, where the Rams ended a nearly three-decade long losing streak in Norfolk last year, and defending CAA champion James Madison on Jan. 23.

VCU finishes January with a pair of home games against Georgia State (1/27) and Drexel (1/30) before traveling to UNC Wilmington (2/3) and Northeastern (2/6) for a pair of games to start February.  The Rams return home for three straight games against James Madison (2/10), Hofstra (2/13) and Old Dominion (2/17) in what could prove to be a critical CAA stretch. 

VCU plays three of its final four regular season games on the road with trips to Drexel (2/20), Delaware (2/24) and Georgia State (3/2), and wraps up its home slate with a Feb. 27 contest against William & Mary.

The 2011 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Women's Basketball Championship is set for March 10-13 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.

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