Women's Basketball Reveals Non-Conference Schedule
Colonials head to Paradise Jam over Thanksgiving and start five home-and-home series
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team will compete at the prestigious Paradise Jam over Thanksgiving in the U.S. Virgin Islands and commence a quintet of home-and-home series as part of its 13-game non-conference schedule, head coach Jennifer Rizzotti announced this week.
In total, the Colonials will face seven postseason teams from 2016-17 as well as six programs that finished with a top-100 Rating Percentage Index (RPI).
"We put together a very challenging non-conference schedule this season, including three schools from autonomy five conferences at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands over Thanksgiving," said Rizzotti. "We understand how important it is to build a legitimate resume so we can continue to play in the post season. We also feel that we'll be tested in different ways early in the season in order to prepare us for the competitive A-10 slate. With the beginning of a few new home-and-home series, we hope our fans will be excited to host local rivals Maryland and Towson, as well as a top-25 program in USF, Towson and Mercer, at the Smith Center over the next two years."
GW returns six letterwinners from last year's squad that secured the 21st 20-win season and 16th A-10 Regular-Season title in program history. The Colonials finished with a 20-10 overall record and an appearance in the WNIT.
Despite graduating three All-Conference players from last season and one of the most successful trios in program history in Shannon Cranshaw, Hannah Schaible and Caira Washington, the Colonials carry a senior-laden squad with lots of experience into the 2017-18 campaign.
GW will also feature five newcomers, three incoming freshmen and a pair of transfer students, in the quest for a fourth consecutive A-10 regular-season title.
The Atlantic 10 also released 2017-18 schedule pairings on Thursday.
The Colonials will have home-and-home series with Dayton, Saint Louis and George Mason.
The Charles E. Smith Center will also play host to five additional conference games. Opponents are Duquesne, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Richmond.
GW will also make road visits to Davidson, Fordham, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph's and VCU.
Dates and times of the conference schedule will be released later this fall.
Season tickets are now on sale via GetGWTix.com. As a reminder, anybody who purchases men's season tickets will receive complimentary women's basketball season tickets.
GW Women's Basketball: 2017-18 Non-Conference Schedule
|Fri., Nov. 10||Princeton, N.J.||GW won last year's home meeting, 56-45, for the first win of the Jen Rizzotti era.|
vs. South Dakota State
|Sun, Nov. 12||Smith Center||The Jackrabbits squeaked away with a 60-55 win in a physical battle in front of a raucous crowd in South Dakota last December.|
|Thurs., Nov. 16||Towson, Md.||GW's massive 82-48 win at Towson on Dec. 31, 2014 improved the Colonials' all-time record against the Tigers to 8-2.|
|Sun., Nov. 19||Smith Center||A late lead slipped away in the fourth quarter last season as the Colonials fell in the season opener at the Hoyas, 72-57|
|Thurs., Nov. 23||St. Thomas|
U.S. Virgin Islands
|GW and Vanderbilt met four times between 1993 and 1999, the only meetings in program history, with Vandy winning all four games.|
|Fri., Nov. 24||St. Thomas|
U.S. Virgin Islands
|First-ever meeting between GW and Wisconsin. Former head coach Jonathan Tspis leads the Badgers into his second season as head coach.|
|Sat., Nov. 25||St. Thomas|
U.S. Virgin Islands
|GW went toe-to-toe with then No. 11/18 Syracuse at last season's Gulf Coast Showcase. GW twice rallied from a 20-point deficit to pull within two points of the lead but fell, 74-71|
|Sat., Dec. 2||Smith Center||The start of a home-and-home series as South Florida visits the Smith Center. The two teams last met in the WNIT Third Round in 2014 as the Bulls eliminated the Colonials in Tampa, Fla.|
|Wed., Dec. 6||Macon, Ga.||The first-ever meeting between the two schools brings senior Brianna Cummings to her home state of Georgia for the first leg of a home-and-home.|
|Fri., Dec. 8||College Park, Md.||This game marks the seventh all-time meeting between the two local rivals and the start of a home-and-home. Maryland leads the all-time series, 5-1.|
|Sun., Dec. 17||Smith Center||GW looks to avenge its 66-61 overtime setback from last season at Bender Arena|
|Fri., Dec. 22||Long Branch, N.J.||The ninth all-time meeting, but the first since 1985. First game of a home-and-home series with the Hawks set to visit the Smith Center next season.|
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