Aug. 3, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball head coach Don Flanagan announced the 2009-10 schedule today. The Lobos are set to play a 29-game schedule, including 18 home games with three guaranteed home contests in the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. UNM will play six games on television including three inside The Pit. The schedule includes five teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, including three from the Mountain West Conference.
"I'm happy with our schedule and I think our fans will have a chance to see a lot of great basketball," said Flanagan. "We open with the Preseason WNIT and have a chance to play a couple of very good teams plus a marquee game against Texas A&M at home.
"We did the best we could and we've schedule some games with teams that we haven't played inside The Pit. We have challenging games at Arizona, at Texas Tech and the New Mexico State series continues. Overall, I'm pleased and coach Yvonne Sanchez did a great job of putting together another quality schedule."
UNM opens the year on Nov. 9 with an exhibition game against Eastern New Mexico at home. The Lobos then kick off the regular season with back-to-back tournaments around a Northern Arizona game at home on Nov. 24. New Mexico will play in the Preseason WNIT followed by the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament.
The Lobos will battle Northern Colorado in the first round of the WNIT inside The Pit on Nov. 13. The final two WNIT games are based off bracket play with the home sites for those events being announced as the tournament unfolds.
UNM again hosts the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament from Nov. 27-28 inside The Pit. The teams include 2009 NCAA qualifier North Carolina A&T, Yale and Toledo.
New Mexico hits the road on Dec. 2 for a three-game road trip. The Lobos take on New Mexico State in Las Cruces on Dec. 2 before traveling to Lubbock, Texas to battle Texas Tech on Dec. 5. The final non-conference road contest for UNM is Dec. 9 at Arizona.
The Lobos return home to host Loyola Marymount squad on Dec. 12 and New Mexico State inside The Pit on Dec. 20. The Rio Grande Rivalry game will be the final contest before UNM breaks for the holiday.
New Mexico's final non-league game is Dec. 30 against Texas A&M in The Pit. The Lobos and Aggies will battle on the hardwood at 7 p.m. live on the Mountain West Sports Network.
UNM opens conference play at home against San Diego State on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. before hitting the road for back-to-back road games at UNLV on Jan. 9 and at Utah on Jan. 12. The Utah game will be televised on The Mtn. at 8 p.m.
The Lobos host Wyoming on Jan. 16 and Air Force on Jan. 20. UNM then goes to Colorado State on Jan. 23 and BYU on Jan. 27.
The final league game of the first half is at home against TCU live on CBS College Sports. The game time will be determined at a later date.
The second half of league play starts at SDSU on Feb. 6 with the game being broadcast on The Mtn. at 1:30 p.m. The Aztec game will be followed by home games against UNLV on Feb. 10 and Utah on Feb. 13.
UNM will play three of its final five regular-season game on the road including a Feb. 17 contest at Wyoming and a Feb. 20 game at Air Force.
The final homestand of the year is Feb. 24-27 with the Lobos hosting CSU on Feb. 24 and BYU on Feb. 27. The game against the Cougars will be aired on CBS C.
The final regular season game is at TCU on March 2 live on The Mtn. at 5 p.m. The Lobos will have a bye week prior to competing in the MWC Championship.
The MWC Championship will be held March 9-13 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Thomas & Mack Center. The same television schedule applies with the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals being aired. The first day of the MWC Championship will not be televised. Versus will broadcast the championship game live nationally.