Falcon women face challenging schedule

With the recent addition of Vanderbilt to the schedule, the Bowling Green women’s basketball team is
going to face some tough road tests to start the 2009-10 season.
The game with Vanderbilt is the first of a home-and-home series. The Commodores are scheduled to play at
Bowling Green in 2010-11. The Falcons beat Vanderbilt in 2007 to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA
tournament.
The Commodores, from the SEC, provide a major scheduling coup for a mid-major team such as Bowling Green.
Vanderbilt was 26-9 last season winning the SEC tournament championship and going 2-1 in the NCAA
tournament.
"We are really, really excited about the schedule and the difficulty of the schedule," BG head
coach Curt Miller said.
Unfortunately, there are going to be limited opportunities to see the women’s team at home during the
non-conference schedule.
The Falcons begin the year as one of 16 teams in the Preseason WNIT. There is a guarantee of three games
(with two counting toward the NCAA limit for non-conference games) in the WNIT, and there is an
opportunity for the Falcons to host a first-round game.
In the Preseason WNIT, the eight first-round winners advance to the quarter-finals while the eight losers
are broken into two four-team clusters where they will play two more games at the same site on
back-to-back nights. All the games in the tournament are at campus sites.
The full field and the first-round schedule will be announced later this summer. Among the teams under
consideration for the Preseason WNIT are Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State and West Virginia.
The Falcons last played in the Preseason WNIT to start the 2004-05 season, dropping an 89-41 decision at
Ohio State. Bowling Green went on to win the Mid-American Conference title and earn an NCAA tournament
berth that season.
Also on BG’s schedule this season are return games at St. Bonaventure, Hartford, Youngstown State and
Detroit. In addition, the Falcons will be playing at Canisius and Oakland in the first games of
home-and-home agreements.
Canisius (24-9), Oakland (26-7), St. Bonaventure (23-11) and Hartford (20-12) all participated in the
postseason WNIT last season.
"All of those good teams are on the road," Miller said.
On the home schedule are games with UNC-Greensboro, St. Francis and SIU-Edwardsville.
Miller said he is actively searching for another home game.
"We’ve really struggled to attract anybody for home games," Miller said. – CARLE