Six Women's Hoops Squads Open Season Thursday

Updated 11/9/2012


Central Michigan (0-0, 0-0 MAC) at Bradley (0-0, 0-0 MVC)
Noon ET • Central Michigan leads series 3-1
•The Central Michigan women’s basketball program will open its 2012-13 season with a pair of road contests in Illinois as it takes on Bradley Friday, Nov. 9 at noon and Northwestern Sunday at 4 p.m. The Chippewas will look to avenge a loss to each of the two squads from last season as CMU fell to Northwestern in its season opener a year ago, 69-60, before Bradley dropped the Chippewas inside McGuirk Arena, 86-79. The Chippewas return all five starters from last season and 94.2 percent of their scoring as they were just 1.5 seconds from winning the MAC Tournament and earning their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1984. 
Miami (0-0, 0-0 MAC) at Eastern Kentucky (0-0, 0-0 OVC)
5:30 PM ET • Miami trails series 4-8
• Senior Courtney Osborn has the chance to climb to the top of eight different career categories this season for Miami. One of the most prominant is the RedHawks’ all-time scoring list. She currently ranks fifth with 1,575 points. It would take a real strong game, but Osborn could move up a couple of spots against Eastern Kentucky. 
Toledo (0-0, 0-0 MAC) vs Arkansas State (0-0, 0-0 SBC)
7 PM ET • Toledo trails series 0-2
• The Rockets are the preseason favorite to win the Mid-American Conference West Division for a fourth-consecutive season as well as the league tourney crown, according to a vote of the league’s media contingent and the conference’s head coaches. The Red Wolves were picked second in the SBC West Division Preseason Poll, according to a vote of the league’s 11 head coaches.UT returns 11 letterwinners in 2012-13, including four starters, from last year’s squad that finished with a 24-10 overall record. 
Buffalo (0-0, 0-0 MAC) at Canisius (0-0, 0-0 MAAC)
7 PM ET • Buffalo trails series 8-27
• The Bulls begin their 47th season of women’s basketball this evening with a road opener at Canisius.  UB is coming off a 9-22 season, but welcomes a new face to the sidelines in head coach Felisha Legette-Jack.  Coach Jack has had success at both Hofstra and Indiana, leading her teams to four postseason appearances.  More On Coach Jack: In 10 seasons as a collegiate head coach Felisha Legette-Jack has a career record of 141-163.  She turned around a Hofstra program in four seasons, going 19-12 in 2005-06 and earning an invite to the WNIT.  Coach Jack coached at Indiana in the Big Ten for six years, leading the Hoosiers to a school-record 21 wins in 2008-09.  
Ball State (0-0, 0-0 MAC) at Evansville (0-0, 0-0 MVC)
7 PM ET • Ball State leads series 6-5
• Ball State opens the 2012-13 regular season at home Friday, against in-state rival Evansville.  First year head coach Brady Sallee guided the Ball State women’s basketball team to a 88-26 season opening exhibition win over Oakland City (Ind.) Oct. 31 in Worthen Arena.  Topping all scorers was junior guard Brandy Woody who had 16-points on the night; she also managed a double-double after pulling down 12 rebounds.  
Northern Illinois (0-0, 0-0 MAC) at Iowa (0-0, 0-0 B1G)
8 PM CT • Northern Illinois trails series 8-10
• NIU begins its 20th year of Division I NCAA basketball with this game versus Iowa. Overall, the Huskies are 426-447 (.488) in Division I play.  Head Coach Kathi Bennett begins her third season at the helm of NIU with the Huskies’ second-ever appearance in the Preseason WNIT. The annual 16-team tournament began in 1994 and has had nearly 200 of the nation’s Division I programs play in it, representing all 32 conferences. NIU appeared in the inaugural Preseason WNIT and fell 74-70 at Arkansas State.  Bennett is no stranger to the Hawkeyes as she competed against Iowa in the Big Ten multiple times as she was head coach at Indiana from 2000-05 and an assistant at Wisconsin from 2008-10.