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Gonzaga's Aggressive Schedule Includes Stanford, North Carolina

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Gonzaga's non-conference schedule includes a home game against Stanford, last year's runner-up in the NCAA Tournament (Photo: SWX) Gonzaga's non-conference schedule includes a home game against Stanford, last year's runner-up in the NCAA Tournament (Photo: SWX)

SPOKANE, Wash. - The women at Gonzaga have their work cut out for them this upcoming basketball season. Kelly Graves, in his 11th year as head coach at Gonzaga, laid out his schedule for the upcoming season, one featuring games against the likes of Stanford, North Carolina, Mississippi and Notre Dame.

"We have put together another very aggressive schedule," said Graves in a news release. "This schedule gives us the chance to compete against some of the best teams in the country. We are an excellent program that will hopefully continue to make a splash on the national scene. This schedule is part of that."

The Bulldogs start Nov. 6 with an exhibition against Western Oregon and then open the regular season on the road against USC. They open at home Nov. 14 against Whitman. Stanford, the 2010 NCAA Tournament runner-up, comes to Spokane for a game on Nov. 21.

Gonzaga will also play in the Waikiki beach Marriot Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Hawaii and play against a field that includes North Carolina, Washington State, Illinois, Long Beach State, North Carolina Central, Mississippi and Hawaii.

The Zags play at Eastern Washington on Dec. 3 and at Montana on Dec. 5. They play Washington State at home on Dec. 11 and Idaho on Dec. 17.

"It's great to have the opportunity to play at the McCarthey against Washington State and Idaho, who we haven't hosted in several years," said Graves. "Each game will be big and I am excited to renew the rivalries."

The Zags open conference play Jan. 8 on the road against Portland. Their first conference home game is Jan. 20 against Santa Clara.

Date Opponent
Nov. 6 Western Oregon (Exhib.)
Nov. 12 at USC
Nov. 14 Whitman
Nov. 21 Stanford
Nov. 23 at North Dakota
Nov. 26 Ole Miss (at Hawaii)
Nov. 27 TBD (at Hawaii)
Nov. 28 TBD (at Hawaii)
Dec. 3 at Eastern Washington
Dec. 5 at Montana
Dec. 11 Washington State
Dec. 17 Idaho
Dec. 21 Brigham Young
Dec. 23 Cal State Fullerton
Dec. 29 Notre Dame (at Seattle)
Dec. 30 Seattle University
Jan. 3 Southern Utah
Jan. 8 at Portland
Jan. 13 at Pepperdine
Jan. 15 at Loyola Marymount
Jan. 20 Santa Clara
Jan. 22 San Francisco
Jan. 27 at Saint Mary's
Jan. 29 at San Diego
Feb. 4 Portland
Feb. 10 Loyola Marymount
Feb. 12 Pepperdine
Feb. 17 at Santa Clara
Feb. 19 at San Francisco
Feb. 24 Saint Mary's
Feb. 26 San Diego
Mar. 4-7 WCC Tournament (Las Vegas)
 
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