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Women to face difficult competition

September 2, 2009

The MSU women’s basketball team will face 15 teams that qualified for the 2009 postseason, and possibly 10 that played in the NCAA Tournament, in the upcoming 2009-10 basketball season.

The Spartans, coming off an upset of No. 1 seed Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a Sweet 16 appearance last season, will have at least nine of their Big Ten games nationally televised.

After playing their first two games on the road, the Spartans will host Notre Dame on Nov. 19 in their first home game of the season. On Nov. 22, the Spartans will face Western Michigan at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, the hometown of senior center Allyssa DeHaan. The Spartans will spend Thanksgiving in Grand Bahama Island playing in the Junkanoo Jam, but will spend much of December close to home. MSU has seven of its eight December games at Breslin Center, including a Dec. 3 matchup with perennial powerhouse North Carolina as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Spartans begin Big Ten play on December 6 against Indiana at Breslin Center, but won’t have another conference game until traveling to Wisconsin on Dec. 28. MSU will face every Big Ten school twice, except for Iowa (road) and Illinois (home). The Spartans host Michigan on Dec. 31 and travel to Ann Arbor on Feb. 11. Defending Big Ten Champion Ohio State comes to Breslin Center on Jan. 9, while the Spartans travel to Columbus, Ohio on Feb. 21.

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