GW Women's Basketball Unveils 2012-13 Schedule
Sept. 18, 2012
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WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team unveiled its complete 2012-13 schedule on Tuesday, highlighted by 13 games against teams which advanced to postseason play a year ago.
"This is a very challenging schedule with so many teams that experienced great success last season," said head coach Jonathan Tsipis, who begins his first year with the Colonials following nine seasons on staff and back-to-back NCAA national championship game appearances at Notre Dame. "These difficult non-conference games, with marquee matchups against teams from the Big East, Pac-12, ACC and SEC, will prepare us for the rigors of the Atlantic 10 schedule, and I know our fans will be excited to see our team play such quality opponents."
Game times and additional television coverage will be announced in the coming weeks.
The non-conference slate features six teams that reached postseason play in 2012. Coupled with seven postseason participants from the Atlantic 10 Conference, nearly half of GW's 28 regular-season contests will be against teams that reached either the NCAA Tournament or WNIT last season.
Fans can catch their first glimpse of the 2012-13 Colonials during an exhibition tune-up against Wingate at the Charles E. Smith Center on Sunday, Nov. 4. The game will be part of a doubleheader with GW's volleyball team, which takes hosts Rhode Island at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.
GW will tip off the 2012-13 campaign on Friday, Nov. 9, with the first of nine non-conference rematches as UT Arlington visits the Smith Center for the first time. The Colonials defeated the Mavericks, 63-41, in the 2011 season opener in Arlington, Texas, in the teams' first-ever meeting.
The Colonials hit the road for the first time on Wednesday, Nov. 14, when they visit Big East power Rutgers for their first of five games against power-conference opponents. The Scarlet Knights qualified for their 10th straight NCAA Tournament last March and finished the season ranked 23rd nationally. The contest will mark the seventh meeting between the two teams in the last six years.
After a quick trip home for a Nov. 18 matchup with William & Mary, GW embarks on a three-game road swing. The Colonials' first stop is USC Upstate on Wednesday, Nov. 21, for their first-ever meeting with the Spartans, before closing out November with return trips to Virginia Tech (Nov. 25) and Morgan State (Nov. 28).
Area bragging rights are on the line in December as the Colonials will take on four nearby rivals on four consecutive Saturdays. GW will host Georgetown, Howard and George Mason and will make the short trip to American.
The Colonials and Hoyas face off for the 32nd all-time meeting on Saturday, Dec. 1, as Georgetown makes its first visit to the Smith Center since 2003. The Hoyas, who ranked in the Top 20 in the final 2012 poll after advancing to the NCAA Tournament second round, edged the Colonials, 49-40, at McDonough Arena last season.
GW will visit American a week later on Dec. 8. The Eagles reached the WNIT in 2012 after posting 23 wins and finishing as the regular-season runner-up in the Patriot League. However the Colonials accounted for one of AU's eight losses, a 60-49 decision at the Smith Center in January.
GW takes a short break from its local foes to host Auburn in the first of a three-game homestand on Wednesday, Dec. 12. It will mark the eighth meeting in the last seven years between the Colonials and Tigers.
The Colonials next welcome Howard to the Smith Center on Saturday, Dec. 15, for the programs' first meeting since 2003. The Bison were runners-up in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference last season and earned a berth in the WNIT with 24 wins.
GW's final non-conference home game comes against George Mason on Saturday, Dec. 22, the fourth straight season the teams will meet.
The Colonials close out 2012 with a trip to the West Coast's Bay Area, where they will take on California on Friday, Dec. 28, and Saint Mary's on Sunday, Dec. 30. Both teams earned postseason bids a year ago as the Golden Bears won 25 games and advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament before falling to Coach Tsipis' Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the Gaels reached the second round of the WNIT.
This will be the second-ever meeting between GW and Cal. The first meeting came in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, where Sarah-Jo Lawrence's ('08) put-back as time expired lifted the sixth-seeded Colonials over the third-seeded Bears, 55-53, for the program's fourth Sweet 16 appearance. GW and Saint Mary's have met twice before, but not since 2005.
GW concludes its non-conference slate with its first-ever game against North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C., on Sunday, Jan. 6.
The 14-game conference schedule includes games against seven of the league's eight postseason teams, with four of the contests taking place at the Smith Center. The Colonials will not face 2012 WNIT participant Temple in its final season in the A-10.
"The Atlantic 10 Conference is one of the toughest conferences in the country with seven teams that ranked in the RPI Top 100 last season," said Coach Tsipis. "I know our players are up for the challenge, as everything we do on a day-by-day basis is built toward having success in the postseason."
Three of GW's first four conference games will be on the road, beginning with a trip to Massachusetts on Saturday, Jan. 12. The Colonials will then face three straight 2012 postseason teams, starting with their league home opener against Saint Joseph's, which advanced to the second round of the 2012 WNIT, on Thursday, Jan. 18. GW then visits conference newcomer VCU, which reached the 2012 WNIT Sweet 16, on Sunday, Jan. 20, and defending A-10 champion Dayton on Thursday, Jan. 24.
GW welcomes Rhode Island and WNIT participant Duquesne to the Smith Center for back-to-back home games on Sunday, Jan. 27, and Wednesday, Jan. 30, respectively. After a short trip to Philadelphia to take on La Salle on Sunday, Feb. 3, the Colonials return home to host another WNIT participant in Richmond on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and conference newcomer Butler on Sunday, Feb. 10. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Colonials and Bulldogs.
GW visits Fordham and WNIT participant Charlotte in its final season in the A-10 on Wednesday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 17, respectively, before hosting 2012 Atlantic 10 regular-season champion St. Bonaventure on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. The Bonnies, who were ranked in the top 25 last season, went undefeated during league play and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 before falling to Coach Tsipis' Notre Dame squad.
The Colonials' final road trip of the regular season is to Xavier on Wednesday, Feb. 27. GW will celebrate Senior Day in the regular-season finale at Smith Center on Sunday, March 3, against Saint Louis.
The first three rounds of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship will once again be held at Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena on the campus of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, March 8-10. This season, for the first time, the title game will be played at the new state-of-the-art Barclays Center in Brooklyn in conjunction with the men's semifinal contests on Saturday, March 16. The title game will tip off at 7 p.m. and be televised on the ESPN networks. The top 12 teams at the end of the regular season will advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship, with the top four teams earning a bye to the quarterfinals.
The Colonials boast an experienced roster, with three seniors and three graduate students among their eight returning players. In addition, GW welcomes four incoming freshmen for the 2012-13 campaign.
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13 Opponents in Postseason Play in 2012
11 Opponents in NCAA RPI Top 100 in 2012