Denver Women's Basketball Announces 2016-17 Schedule
Pioneers to play 13 games at Magness Arena
July 12, 2016
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The Crimson and Gold host Air Force in their home opener at Magness Arena on Friday, Nov. 11.
DU heads on the road for a pair of back-to-back contests against regional foes Northern Colorado (Nov. 14) and Wyoming (Nov. 17) as part of a schedule that features six of its first eight on the road.
Denver returns home to face Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
From there, the Pioneers will return to the road for four-straight games starting at the Grand Canyon Tournament (Nov. 25 and 26) down in Arizona. While down in the desert, the Crimson and Gold will face-off against Grand Canyon and Northern Iowa. DU will return to Colorado and travel up interstate 25 to Fort Collins to clash with 2016 NCAA Tournament participant Colorado State on Nov. 30. The final game of the road trip will be a trip back to Arizona as Denver battles Northern Arizona (Dec. 3) in Flagstaff.
The Pioneers welcome Pepperdine to Magness Arena for the second annual Hoops and Education Day on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at noon.
"As we head into the 2016-17 season, we are looking forward to the team that has come together to represent the University of Denver women's basketball program," Cremeans said. "We have added depth and talent to compete well with the schedule that we have in place. Our mindset in creating the non-league schedule is to challenge our team in preparation for a tough and gritty Summit League schedule. We will battle the top teams from our region, as well as welcome teams into Magness Arena from both the east and west coasts."
The final four games of the non-league slate feature trips to Utah Valley (Dec. 9) and Idaho State (Dec. 11), followed by two at home against Seattle (Dec. 16) and Northeastern (Dec. 20).
The Crimson and Gold will have an eight-day break after the Northeastern game before opening Summit League play at the defending regular-season champions and the 2016 National Invitation Tournament winners South Dakota on Dec. 28.
"Our league schedule includes South Dakota State, who is well respected by all teams in the country, as well as South Dakota, who is the reigning champion of the 2016 WNIT. We are excited about our team and this opportunity to play a competitive schedule," Cremeans continued.
DU's Summit League slate starts with four of its first five on the road. Its home league opener will be on New Year's Eve against North Dakota State. Trips to Western Illinois (Jan. 5), IPFW (Jan. 12) and IUPUI (Jan. 14) follow.
Following the three-game road trip, Denver will play six of its following seven contests at Magness Arena. Summit League Tournament Champion South Dakota State will pay a visit on Jan. 18 followed by Omaha three days later (Jan. 21).
The Pioneers make a quick one-game trip to meet up with Oral Roberts (Jan. 25) before coming home for four straight from February 1 to February 11.
The Crimson and Gold finish the regular season with three of its final four on the road. The lone game at home will be senior day as they take on Oral Roberts (Feb. 19). Trips to Brookings to square-off against SDSU (Feb. 23) and Omaha (Feb. 25) will conclude the regular season. The Summit League Tournament will once again take place from the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. (Mar. 4-7).
DU returns seniors Jacqlyn Poss (Shoreview, Minn.), Jesse Spittel (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Tori Bryant (Brea, Calif.) and Alecia Espinoza (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) to go along with juniors Jordyn Alt (North Oaks, Minn.), Ciera Morgan (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and transfer Sydney Koel (Sioux Falls, S.D.).
Denver's sophomores will be made up of Army transfer Jahla Osborne (Stafford, Va.) who sat out last season to comply with NCAA transfer rules and Samantha Romanowski (Mountlake Terrace, Wash.). Redshirt freshman Haley Simental (Pueblo West, Colo.) returns after appearing in only three games during her freshman campaign due to injury.
The Pioneers' will welcome in five freshmen to the 2016-17 squad. Abi Curtin (Sydney, Australia), Leya DePriest (Palmer, Alaska), Briana Johnson (Carson, Calif.), Lauren Loven (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Madison Nelson (Dover, Minn.).
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