Game to be played Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn.
RINDGE, N.H. (September 21, 2010) – The Franklin Pierce University women’s basketball program will take on two-time defending NCAA Division I National Champion, University of Connecticut, in an exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn.
The announcement of the game is the latest in a long line of historical accomplishments and moments for the Ravens women’s basketball program over the last three seasons. During that time, Franklin Pierce has won three NCAA East Regional Championships, advanced to the 2009 NCAA Division II National Championship Game, advanced to the 2010 Division II Final Four, appeared on national television three times, earned the program’s first-ever No. 1-national ranking in January 2010, twice won the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament Championship and twice captured the NE-10 regular season title.
The program has also seen numerous individuals earn stellar accolades, including former player Johannah Leedham being named the 2008 & 2010 WBCA/State Farm Division II National Player of the Year, while also earning three NE-10 Player-of-the-Year honors; Steve Hancock being named the 2010 NE-10 Coach of the Year; former player and current assistant coach Jennifer Leedham being named the 2009 NE-10 Defensive Player of the Year; senior guard Cynthia Gaudet (Coventry, R.I.) being named to the NE-10 Third-Team; and junior forward Jewel White (Worcester, Mass.) being named to the 2010 NE-10 and NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Teams.
Franklin Pierce had a memorable season last year in 2009-10 as it began the campaign with a 23-0 record and earned the No. 1-national ranking in the WBCA Division II National Top-25 Poll on Jan. 5. After capturing the conference’s regular season and tournament championships, the Ravens then won the NCAA East Regional and ultimately advanced to the national semifinals. They finished the season with a No. 4 national ranking, and following the memorable post-season run, Jo Leedham was drafted by the Connecticut Sun in the third round of the WNBA Draft.
For UConn, it will be the Huskies’ first game since it defeated Stanford, 53-47, back on April 6 in the national championship game. It was the program’s second-consecutive NCAA title and it’s seventh all-time. The Huskies enter the 2010-11 season with 78-straight victories, which marks the longest winning streak in NCAA history. UConn is led by senior guard Maya Moore, a national player-of-the-year award winner, and legendary head coach Geno Auriema, who was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
In addition to playing UConn in the exhibition schedule, Franklin Pierce will also face the University of Vermont in an exhibition on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in Burlington. UVM is coming off an amazing 2009-10 season, which saw the Catamounts advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
For more information on Franklin Pierce women’s basketball, please visit the team’s page at athletics.franklinpierce.edu(.) You can also visit www.youtube.com/franklinpiercesports and www.twitter.com/FPUathletics to find out more about the program.