Sept. 27, 2011
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's basketball team will open its 2011-12 season at nationally-ranked Maryland before hosting 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Navy, Head Coach Joe Logan announced today.
The Greyhounds will take on the Terrapins, who finished ranked No. 16/23 in the final national polls a year ago, at the Comcast Center in the season-opener for both teams on Friday, November 11. The game is the first of 11 non-conference contests Loyola will play before beginning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play in January. The schedule is subject to change, and game time information and Loyola's television schedule will be released on LoyolaGreyhounds.com in the next several days.
Fans can purchase season tickets for Loyola's 13 home contests by calling (410) 617-1420.
Following the game against Maryland, the Greyhounds play their home-opener at Reitz Arena on Sunday, November 13 against the reigning Patriot League champion, Navy. The Midshipmen and the Terrapins are two of the three 2011 NCAA Tournament participants the Greyhounds will challenge this season.
"We are excited to play a challenging non-conference schedule highlighted by opening the season at nationally-ranked Maryland," Logan said. "We believe that our non-conference schedule will prepare us for what will be a very balanced league this year."
The Greyhounds also visit Petersen Events Center on Friday, November 18, for a game against the Big East's Pittsburgh Panthers.
Local rival UMBC kicks off a three-game home stand for Loyola that extends through Thanksgiving. The Retrievers visit Reitz Arena on Tuesday, November 22, followed by Howard on Sunday, November 27, and Army on Saturday, December 3.
The game against Howard is the first of five doubleheaders, four at home, the Greyhounds will play with the men's team. Those dates also include home games on January 2, February 10 and February 12.
A five-game road trip concludes the non-conference slate for the Greyhounds, as Loyola travels for the majority of the month of December. A game in Bethlehem, Pa., against Lehigh starts the trip on Monday, December 5. Logan's squad follows that contest with a game at Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, December 10, prior to an eight-day break for final exams.
Loyola gets back on the court with back-to-back games in the Nation's Capital as the Greyhounds battle George Washington on Sunday, December 18, and American on Wednesday, December 21. The game against the Eagles is the last of four games against Patriot League opponents for the Greyhounds.
A contest at local rival Towson on Thursday, December 29 will act as the team's non-conference finale, as well as the team's final game of 2011.
The new year brings two-straight months of MAAC action for the Greyhounds. The team plays its first home game in almost a month on Monday, January 2, hosting Niagara in their conference-opener in a doubleheader against the Purple Eagles with the Loyola men. Loyola remains at home for a match-up with Manhattan on Wednesday, January 4.
The Greyhounds play their MAAC road-opener on Saturday, January 7, at Siena before making a stop in New Jersey on the way back to Baltimore for a date with Rider on Monday, January 9.
Loyola returns to Reitz Arena to face Saint Peter's on Friday, January 13, prior to the second meeting in eight days with Siena on Sunday, January 15.
A four-game road trip begins with a match-up against reigning MAAC champion Marist on Friday, January 20. The trip also features return trips to Manhattan on Sunday, January 22, and Niagara on Sunday, January 29, with a game at Canisius on Friday, January 27 mixed in-between.
The squad returns to Reitz Arena for four-straight games, including facing Canisius for the second time in a week on Thursday, February 2. Rider makes the return trip to face the Greyhounds on Saturday, February 4. Loyola concludes the homestand with contests against Iona on Friday, February 10, and Fairfield on Sunday, February 12.
The Greyhounds wrap-up play on the road with three-straight games, visiting Saint Peter's on Friday, February 17, Iona on Sunday, February 19, and Fairfield on Friday, February 24.
Marist makes the trip to Baltimore for the regular-season finale for both teams on Sunday, February 26.
The league will host the 2012 MAAC Championships in a new location this year, playing the tournament at the Basketball Hall of Fame and the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Competition begins on Thursday, March 1, and the conference champion will be crowned on Monday, March 5.