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Women's Basketball Announces 29-Game Slate
Sept. 18, 2012
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland women's basketball will play 12 contests, six each against non-conference and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, against teams that participated in postseason play last year as part of its 2012-2013 schedule, Head Coach Joe Logan announced today.
Six of Loyola's 11 non-conference games will be against teams that qualified for postseason play last season, including two NCAA Tournament teams. Seven of the nine opponents finished above .500 last year and four games will be played at Reitz Arena.
"We have put together a very tough and competitive schedule with the number of teams that have participated in postseason competition last year," Logan said. "We have several local rivals on the schedule, and the MAAC is always a tough league top to bottom."
The Greyhounds kickoff the 2012-13 season on the road at Hartford on Friday, November 9. The Hawks went 19-13 last year, lost in the first round of the WNIT and have qualified for postseason play in eight-straight seasons.
Loyola plays its home-opener on Sunday, November 11, against reigning ACC Champion Maryland, beginning a stretch of four-straight games against in-state opponents. The Terrapins have qualified for nine-straight posteasons after going 31-5 and advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight last year.
UMBC, which lost in the America East title game a year ago, hosts Loyola on Saturday, November 17. Just prior to a short break for Thanksgiving, the Greyhounds head to the U.S. Naval Academy. The Midshipmen have won back-to-back Patriot League titles and went 18-14 last year.
Loyola returns from Thanksgiving to host local rival Towson at Reitz Arena on Sunday, November 25. The Greyhounds close the first month of the season at Howard on Wednesday, November 28. The Bison lost in the MEAC title game and then lost in the first round of the WNIT.
American comes into Reitz Arena to begin the year's final month on Saturday, December 1. The Eagles lost in the Patriot League semifinals and then lost to Villanova in the WNIT, finishing with a 23-8 overall record.
The Greyhounds finish their home schedule of non-conference games against Lehigh on Monday, December 3.
Three-straight road games finish out the non-conference portion of the schedule, beginning with a mid-week game at Pittsburgh on Wednesday, December 5. Loyola takes on another BIG EAST opponent on Saturday, December 8, when they head to Syracuse to take on the Orange. The Orange lost in the WNIT semifinals last season.
Loyola closes non-conference play before finals on Monday, December 10, at Army at 7 p.m.
MAAC action opens for the Greyhounds on the road, Friday, January 4, at Fairfield before returning to Reitz Arena on Sunday, January 6, for a game against Saint Peter's.
The Greyhounds will travel to defending MAAC champion Marist on Friday, January 11, before wrapping up the weekend on Sunday, January 13, at home versus Rider.
A two-game road trip to Manhattan on Friday, January 18, and Siena on Sunday, January 20, comes before the Greyhounds hold a four-game homestand in Reitz Arena.
Canisius and Iona visit the building on Thursday, January 24, and Sunday, January 27, respectively, followed by Niagara and Siena on Thursday, January 31, and Saturday, February 2.
Loyola takes its yearly swing through Western New York with games at Niagara on Thursday, February 7, and Canisius on Sunday, February 9.
A home game on Friday, February 15, against Manhattan takes place before contests at Rider on Sunday, February 17, and Iona on Friday, February 22.
The team wraps up its home schedule on Sunday, February 24, against Marist and Friday, March 1 versus Fairfield, and it then concludes the regular-season on Sunday, March 3, at Saint Peter's.
Springfield, Mass., will once again host the MAAC Championships at the MassMutual Center. Play begins with the opening round on Thursday, March 7, and wraps up with the Championship Game on Monday, March 11.
Times and television information will be released at a later date, and all schedule information is subject to change.