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The Boston College women’s basketball non-conference schedule is set for the 2012-13 season. The Eagles will host BYU, New Hampshire, Northwestern, Rutgers, Arizona State and Vermont. BC will travel to Boston University, Holy Cross, the Seattle Tournament to play Sacred Heart and the winner of Portland or Seattle. The final non-conference road opponent will be Hampton.

 The ACC is expected to release the conference schedule in the next two weeks.

 “A challenging schedule is key to learning to compete at the highest level. Boston College women’s basketball belongs among the top programs in the nation. In order to improve to that level, we need to play against top competition,’’ said BC head coach Erik Johnson. “I believe that this non-conference schedule will prepare us for a demanding ACC schedule and give our young team a number of opportunities to learn how to be successful at the very highest level.”

The Eagles will open the 2012-13 season on the road at Boston University on Nov. 9, followed by a trip to Worcester on Nov. 13 to play Holy Cross. BC will host BYU in the first meeting between the two teams on Nov. 15, and UNH on Nov. 20.

The team will travel to Seattle, Washington over the Thanksgiving break for the Seattle University Tournament. The Eagles will open the tournament against Sacred Heart on Friday, Nov. 23 and then the winner of Seattle versus Portland on Saturday, Nov. 24. BC leads the overall series vs. Sacred Heart, 3-1. The two teams last met on Nov. 27, 2010 at the Junkanoo Jam in the Grand Bahamas. BC picked up the win, 83-47.

Other non-conference highlights for the Eagles include an ACC-Big Ten Challenge match-up with Northwestern at Conte Forum on November 28 followed by the return of Rutgers to Chestnut Hill on Sunday, Dec. 2. BC last played at Northwestern in the 2007-08 season. BC earned a 73-66 victory.

This will be the fourth consecutive season BC and Rutgers have played. Rutgers leads the overall head-to-head series, 14-9. Last year BC went out to play Arizona State, so this season, the Sun Devils will enjoy the cool weather in Boston on Sunday, Dec. 9.

BC will finish the non-conference schedule by hosting Vermont on Dec. 20 and then travelling to Virginia to play Hampton on Jan. 2.

Boston College, which finished the 2011-12 season with a 7-23 overall record, returns four starters and welcomes three freshmen – Alex Coulombe, Nicole Boudreau and Amber Cooper. BC also added two transfers to the roster – Karima Gabriel and Lauren Engeln – both will be eligible for the 2013-14 campaign.

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