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Skyhawks’ big-game dates stretch from home to Hawaii

Skyhawks’ big-game dates stretch from home to Hawaii
The UT Martin women’s basketball team has released its 2012-13 schedule, and the slate includes games against three teams which made runs in this past season’s NCAA Tournament, including defending national champion Baylor.
The Skyhawk women will host both Louisville and Purdue in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center and travel to Hawaii, where they will play in the Wahine Classic against Stanford, host Hawaii and Baylor.
The Skyhawk women will also host Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Saint Louis and Indiana State.
“Louisville and Purdue at home is a tremendous opportunity for our university and our program,” UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan said. “This is also a great opportunity for our fans to see two top 25 teams in action here in Martin. We are committed to bringing the top teams in the country to Martin as we did with Vanderbilt last year, and we are excited to have these two teams coming.”
The non-conference road schedule is just as tough.
The Skyhawks will open the season on the road at Northwestern Nov. 9 and then travel to Hawaii to play in the Wahine Classic Nov. 16-18.
The Skyhawks will close out November at Evansville on Nov. 28 and then travel to Missouri to battle the Southeastern Conference’s newest member on Dec. 3.
“We are excited about a trip to Hawaii for a number of reasons,” McMillan said. “One, of course, is that it is one of the most beautiful states in the country and somewhere most student-athletes might never get to see. Another reason is for the history and culture the island has to offer. The three days of games out there will be the most challenging in UTM’s history with the host school followed by two final four teams in Baylor and Stanford.”
The Skyhawks will return home and open a four-game homestand against Saint Louis, Purdue, Indiana State and Southern Miss.
The two-time defending OVC champions, UT Martin will close out their non-conference slate at UAB on Dec. 22 and open the OVC slate on Dec. 29 at Southeast Missouri State.
This year’s OVC slate includes home games against Jacksonvile State, Murray State, Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky, SIU Edwardsville, South-east Missouri State and Eastern Illinois.
Published in The Messenger 8.21.12

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