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Demanding schedule awaits UND women's basketball

In the past few seasons, UND women's basketball hasn't back down from challenging schedules.

The same holds true this season. In fact, this may be UND's most challenging schedule for two reasons—considering the program's demanding road schedule early followed by the switch to the Summit League that already has mid-major powers South Dakota State and South Dakota.

UND will play a 29-game regular season, which includes 10 home games—none before the Dec. 7 meeting against Milwaukee at The Betty.

UND will play Bemidji State (Oct. 28) and Minnesota Crookston (Oct. 30) in two home exhibition games before the start of the regular season.

The schedule also includes early season road games at Syracuse, Penn State and Iowa State.

"This schedule will test our team's leadership, veteran play and our new players, top to bottom," said UND coach Travis Brewster. "Playing Syracuse to start—one of the most prepared teams in the country—is tough. Penn State is a strong BIG 10 team and Iowa State is always in the mix in the Big 12."

The Fighting Hawks will open with seven straight road games before their home opener Dec. 12 against Mayville State.

UND returns to the road for a tournament in Florida Dec. 19-21 against host Stetson, Western Michigan and San Francisco.

UND's first Summit League game will take place Dec. 30 at The Betty against Purdue Fort Wayne.

"This kind of schedule will be good for us as we go into a stiff Summit League schedule," Brewster said. "South Dakota State and South Dakota are both reloaded and we will be learning as we go in this conference against some new teams. Our two in-state games against a very familiar opponent (North Dakota State) will be exciting."

UND will play at NDSU on Jan. 20 and will host the Bison on Feb. 7.

UND's home opener will be the latest since the 1992-93 season. UND is 12-6 overall against Summit League teams in the Division I era.

Also, UND will play 11 games against teams that reached postseason play last season (3 NCAA, 7 WNIT, 1 WBI).

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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