August 6, 2009 at 12:07 am #546
In a prior post under "Men’s Basketball" I had mentioned that the Lady Hawks would entertain Villanova in the coming season. While there has been no official confirmation of the fact, I can tell you (see partial press release below) that the Lehigh women will open the season on the road as they take of the Lady Bison of Lipscomb University (Atlantic Sun) in Nashville, TN on Friday, November 13. Lipscomb finished the ’08-’09 campaign at 6-24 (4-17) with an year-ending RPI of "296."
"The Lipscomb Lady Bisons basketball team is going to be staying close to home for the 2009-2010 season.
Coach Frank Bennett has announced the schedule which features non-conference home games with Lehigh opening the regular season schedule at Allen Arena Nov. 13. This will mark the first time the Lady Bisons have played Lehigh from the Patriot League.
The game with Lehigh is the first of three straight home games for the Lady Bisons to open the regular season with Central Arkansas visiting Nov. 15 and Austin Peay coming to campus Nov. 17. This will also mark the first time the Lady Bisons have played Central Arkansas, an old opponent from the NAIA days, since making the move to the NCAA. “Lehigh and Austin Peay were both in the NCAA Tournament last year,” said Bennett. “Those games are going to be challenging."
Word has it also that we’ll host St. Francis (PA) on 11/20 and Princeton on 12/2.
More news as it becomes known.September 1, 2009 at 9:41 pm #618
It appears that the Lady Hawks will entertain two Top 100 (RPI finals from last season) teams at Stabler this year and take on another away from home with both Villanova (37) and Duquesne (86) visiting the Christmas City and Vandy welcoming us to Music City. Not bad. But, then again, Lehigh posted a lofty year-end RPI of its own: 68. The rest of the 14 OOC schedule shouldn’t pose too many problems, assuming we can fill the shoes of five departed seniors (Crites – 26mpg, 5.6ppg; Ingalis – 5mpg, .6ppg; Rich – 13mpg, 4.2 ppg; Smith – 26mpg, 7.2ppg; and Sullivan – 19mog, 1.5ppg). That may be easier said than done. Here’s a brief look at the upcoming schedule with last year’s final RPI shown after the opponent’s name.
@ Lipscomb 296
@ Vanderbilt 22
Fairleigh Dickenson 278
St. Francis (PA) 196
@ Binghamton 214
@ LaSalle 226
@ Princeton 186
@ Bryant 285
Wagner 313 (Christmas City Classic)
@ Penn 280
Average Opponent RPI: 211
Division I Teams Ranked: 342September 3, 2009 at 1:28 pm #623
Thank you for the information. I have one small correction. I believe Tricia Smith is back for a 5th year, having petitioned due to an earlier injury. On another note, if my claculations are correct, the Duquesne game has a small twist in that they are coached by Suzy McConnel-Serio, the former NCAA All-American from Penn State, 2 X Olympian, WNBA Rookie of the Year and WNBA Coach of the year. She still owns the NCAA record for assists in a career so she knows hows to coach point guards. Before going to Duquesne, she was the coach of Oakland Catholic. I believe Erica Prosser was her last protogee there.September 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm #679
Lovin’ those two games against Vandy and Villanova. They will be huge tests.
Great news, too, on Tricia Smith coming back for a 5th year. Lehigh should be favored to win the PL again this go-round.
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