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16-game schedule is 2009-10 highlight

BY ANDRES FOCIL
16-game schedule is 2009-10 highlight

FAYETTEVILLE — A new 16-game Southeastern Conference line-up becomes the highlight of the full 2009-10 University of Arkansas women’s basketball schedule.For the first time in SEC history, the women’s teams will play the same number of league games as the men, but the women are not playing the traditional divisional schedule and will not have divisional standings.The system increased the existing 14-game schedule by adding an additional rotating team from the east and west divisions. Arkansas’ permanent partner in the SEC is LSU, and the Razorbacks for the next two seasons will face Alabama and Ole Miss as their Western home-and-home teams. Arkansas’ Eastern Division partners are Georgia and Kentucky.“Our fans should really enjoy the fact we play five league teams home and home next year,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. “For our team, it takes an already tough schedule and raises it even higher. That adds another 15 games against teams top 100 in the RPI.”Arkansas opens SEC action at home on Sunday, Jan. 3, hosting Florida before long-time rival partner LSU comes to Bud Walton Arena on Thursday, Jan. 7. The Razorbacks’ first road game is at Ole Miss on Sunday, Jan. 10.“We made a great run in February last year to finish only game under .500 in conference play,” Collen said. “The top seven went to the NCAA Tournament and we finished eighth as the WNIT automatic qualifier. The challenge this year will be to get off to a better start and get to eight wins early. With four of our first five games at Bud Walton Arena, there’s a good chance for a fast start.”The Razorbacks enjoy five Sunday SEC home games this year. Arkansas hosts Georgia (Jan. 17), Vanderbilt (Jan. 31), Kentucky (Feb. 7) and Alabama (Feb. 21) for afternoon SEC games. The Razorbacks also host a Thursday games with Ole Miss on Feb. 18.Alabama is Senior Day for 2010 as Arkansas closes on the road for the final week of the season for the second straight year, at LSU on Thursday, Feb. 25 and at Georgia on Sunday, Feb. 28.The announcement of the SEC schedule includes one known television date for Arkansas, a Sunday, Feb. 14, game on ESPN at South Carolina. The Razorbacks’ other road games include at Kentucky on Jan. 21, at Alabama on Jan. 24, at Tennessee on Feb. 4 and at Auburn on Feb. 11.Last year, Arkansas closed the SEC slate strong with a school-record five straight regular season wins to finish at 6-8 in the final 14-game slate.Over the history of women’s basketball in the SEC, the league members have played five different systems, starting back in the early NCAA era when the SEC women’s teams only came together for the league tournament. In the 10-team days, the league played single round-robin plus the tournament before Arkansas and South Carolina joined in 1991-92.The SEC had an 11-game schedule for five years before the “rival” or “travel” partner game was added to the official slate in 1996-97 for a 12-game schedule. That lasted only one season as the NCAA mandated a minimum of 14 conference games for schools with automatic bids, and the previous system was created to allow for one home-and-home series with the travel partner and one home-and-home series from each division, plus the other nine members.The 14-game slate ran from the 1997-98 season until last year, a total of 11 seasons.

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