DES MOINES, Iowa - The Drake University women's basketball team released its 2012-13 schedule today first-year head coach Jennie Baranczyk announced. The Bulldogs will start the season with an exhibition game against Quincy on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Knapp Center.
"This is a very good schedule with some great non-conference games, both here at the Knapp Center and on the road, that will challenge our team early," Baranczyk said. "We have a young roster with nine underclassmen and just one senior, but we feel the non-conference schedule will help us prepare for the always tough Missouri Valley Conference."
The Bulldogs will start the regular season at home when the South Dakota Coyotes travel to the Knapp Center on Sun., November 7. Drake and South Dakota faced each other in the first round of the 2012 WNIT with the Coyotes winning, 61-53.
Drake will play 10 additional non-conference games with home games against Illinois Chicago (Nov. 18), Chicago State (Dec. 2), Iowa (Dec. 16), Saint Louis (Dec.21), and travels to Iowa State (Nov. 27), North Dakota State (Dec. 6), North Dakota (Dec. 8) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Dec. 29). A trip to the New Mexico State Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. with matchups against UC-Irvine (Nov. 23) and George Mason or New Mexico State (Nov.24) is also scheduled.
Drake will once again play a double round-robin conference format with 18 total games with a trip to Evansville on Thursday, Jan. 3 to open MVC play. The Bulldogs have started Valley play on the road nine times in the past 10 seasons. Drake will host Indiana State on Friday, Jan. 11 in its first home conference game. A record seven MVC teams played in the postseason last year.
The Bulldogs will play a pair of conference doubleheaders with the Drake men's team at the Knapp Center. Start times for the women's games will be 4 p.m. against Creighton (Feb. 2) and Missouri State (Feb. 16). The men's schedule is still being finalized and will be released soon.
The MVC postseason tournament will be played in St. Charles, Mo., at Family Arena and is scheduled March 14-17. Drake advanced to the MVC championship game in 2012.
Men's and women's basketball season tickets will be available for
new customers to purchase beginning Monday, September 17. Call 515-271-DOGS (3647) or visit www.godrakebulldogs.com for more
information. The Knapp Center ticket office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday/