Friday, November 13, 2009
4:30 PM ET
(11) Xavier vs USC, Galen Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Audio: goxavier.com Video: usctrojans.com
Xavier begins the season ranked No. 11 by the Associated Press and No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today preseason poll. Probable starters: Special Jennings, Tyeasha Moss, April Phillips, Amber Harris, Ta’Shia Phillips. Head coach: Kevin McGuff.
USC opens up the 2009-10 season as the debut head coach of NBA legend and former Los Angeles Sparks coach Michael Cooper’s collegiate coaching career. USC is unranked in the national preseason polls. Probable starters: Hailey Dunham, Briana Gilbreath, Aarika Hughes, Ashley Corral, Kari LaPlante.
5:00 PM ET
Eastern Ill vs (3) Ohio St. (Preseason WNIT game), St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Audio: WOSU 820-AM and www.WEIUhitmix.net, Video: www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Friday will be the ?rst meeting between Ohio State and Eastern Illinois. Ohio State has won its last 14 regular-season openers and have not lost an opener since 1994. Ohio State is 34-10 all-time in season openers. Probable starters: Sarah Schulze, Jantel Lavender, Samantha Prahalis, Tayler Hill, Brittany Johnson, Head Coach: Jim Foster.
Eastern Illinois is recovering from last week’s unexpected death of assistant Jackie Moore at the age of 28. Eastern will be wearing memorial “J.M.” patches on its jerseys this season. Probable starters: Maggie Kloak, Chantelle Pressley, Dominique Sims, Ashley Thomas, Ta’Kenya Nixon. Head Coach: Brady Sallee.
There are 16 teams participating in the 2009 Preseason WNIT. Nine of those 20 teams, including EIU and OSU, won 20-plus games last season. The eight teams that lose their opening-round games Friday will be regrouped into two, four-team consolation pods. Two teams will be selected to host those consolation pods next weekend, Nov. 20-21.
7:00 PM ET
(14) Virginia vs UMBC, RAC Arena , Baltimore, Maryland
Radio: Fox 1370 AM Video: UMBCRetrievers.tv , Live Stats
Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan begins her 33rd season looking for career win No. 700. Virginia is ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press preseason top 25. This is the first time Virginia has opened the season on the road since 2006-07. Senior guard Monica Wright opens the season needing 330 points to break Dawn Staley’s all-time career scoring record at UVa (2,135 points). Probable starters: China Crosby, Whitny Edwards, Simone Egwu, Monica Wright, Chelsea Shine.
The UMBC Retrievers returning all five starters and faces a tough non-conference slate that includes three games against major conference opponents in Virginia, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. Probable starters: Carlee Cassidy, Meghan Colabella, Michelle Kurowski, Katie Brooks, Top