GW Women's Basketball Unveils 2013-14 Schedule
Colonials Will Play Nine Postseason Teams From 2012-13
Sept. 26, 2013
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WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team unveiled its completed 2013-14 schedule on Thursday, highlighted by 11 games against teams which advanced to postseason play a year ago.
"One thing we looked at in trying to build this non-conference schedule was to have it prepare us for a very grueling A-10 conference schedule," said second-year Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis. "That includes playing three teams that made it to at least the Sweet 16, as well as playing some teams on the road to get us prepared. We know it will be really tough in the A-10 night in and night out."
Game times and additional television coverage will be announced in the coming weeks.
Fans can catch their first glimpse of the 2013-14 Colonials during an exhibition tune-up against Young Harris College at the Charles E. Smith Center on Sunday, Nov. 3.
GW will tip off the 2013-14 campaign on Saturday, Nov. 9, with the first of nine non-conference home games and its first-ever matchup with Jackson State.
The Colonials will then have nearly a week off to prepare for a visit from California on Friday, Nov. 15. The 2013 Pac-12 regular-season champion Golden Bears advanced to the NCAA Final Four and finished the season with a 32-4 record and a No. 6 national ranking.
GW hits the road for the first time on Tuesday, Nov. 19, making the short trip to the University of Maryland, a 2013 NCAA Sweet 16 participant which ended the year ranked 10th in the nation. The two teams last met in 2006 when the No. 1 ranked Terrapins handed the Colonials one of their two regular-season losses in a 29-4 campaign highlighted by a trip to the 2007 NCAA Sweet 16.
After a quick trip home for a Nov. 25 matchup with USC Upstate in a rematch of last season's 48-37 Colonials victory, GW will spend Thanksgiving in Atlanta for the Georgia State Invitational. The Colonials open the tournament on Friday, Nov. 29, against Georgia, which advanced to the Elite Eight a year ago and ended the season ranked 13th nationally. GW will then face either Jacksonville State or the host Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 1.
The Colonials will spend the remainder of December in district with their lone road game at rival Georgetown on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
GW hosts six straight games to end non-conference play, including four local teams from Maryland or D.C. Towson makes its first trip to the Smith Center since 1993 on Saturday, Dec. 7, and the Colonials will host Loyola (Md.) two days later on Monday, Dec. 9.
A third straight Baltimore school visits the Smith Center with Morgan State on Saturday, Dec. 14, marking the fourth consecutive season the Colonials and Bears will clash. Last season, GW routed Morgan State, 75-40, at the Bears' Hill Field House.
The following Saturday, Dec. 21, North Carolina A&T makes its first-ever trip to the Smith Center in a rematch of last season's contest in Greensboro. The Aggies are coming off a 22-win season and a berth in the WNIT after finishing as the regular-season runners-up in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
GW and district rival American renew their rivalry on Saturday, Dec. 28, meeting for the fourth straight season. GW concludes its non-conference slate with a New Year's Eve matchup against Bluefield State.
The Atlantic 10 Conference schedule expanded to 16 games this season and includes home-and-home series against A-10 champion Saint Joseph's, regular-season champ Dayton, conference newcomer George Mason and Massachusetts.
The Colonials will welcome George Mason to the A-10 on Thursday, Jan. 2, to open league play. GW defeated the Patriots, 60-52, last December at the Smith Center in the 20th all-time meeting between the local rivals.
GW then hits the road for the first time in over a month to take on defending A-10 champion Saint Joseph's on Sunday, Jan. 5 in a game that will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network.
The Colonials host Saint Louis on Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the Billikens' third straight trip to the Smith Center before traveling to face Dayton in another nationally televised matchup on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, Jan. 16. The Flyers are coming off a 2012-13 season in which they won 28 games, finished the season ranked in the top 20 nationally, and made their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
A quick turnaround sees GW return to the district for a rematch with George Mason in Fairfax, Va., two days later on Saturday, Jan. 18. Saint Joseph's then plays its return game at the Smith Center on Wednesday, Jan. 16, before La Salle visits D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Colonials close out January with their 45th all-time meeting with Massachusetts on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Amherst, Mass.
February begins at home against Rhode Island on Saturday, Feb. 1, before two straight road games at WNIT participants Duquesne (Feb. 5) and Fordham (Feb. 8). The Colonials took the Dukes to double overtime at home last season, while the Rams are coming off their best season in 30 years, which included a trip to the Atlantic 10 championship game and the WNIT Sweet 16.
GW next returns to the Smith Center for a brief two-game home stand. The Colonials host VCU in their third nationally televised game on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, Feb. 13, before a visit from Massachusetts two days later on Saturday, Feb. 15.
The Colonials' final road trip of the regular season makes stops at Richmond (Feb. 22) and St. Bonaventure (Feb. 26). GW will celebrate Senior Day in the regular-season finale at the Smith Center on Saturday, March 1, against Dayton.
The Atlantic 10 Championship gets a new home in 2014 as the conference has entered into a three-year partnership with the City of Richmond to bring the tournament to the Richmond Coliseum March 5-9. The semifinal round on Saturday, March 8 will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network, while the championship game will air live on ESPNU at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 9.
GW returns nine letterwinners from last season's squad which posted its most overall (14) and conference (7) victories since 2009 and won a game at the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time since 2008, defeating Richmond, 59-53, in the first round. The Colonials will add five newcomers in 2013-14, including three freshmen and two transfers - sophomore Jonquel Jones and junior Lauren Chase - who will be eligible at the end of the first semester.
For more information about purchasing tickets for the 2013-14 GW women's basketball season, please visit GWsports.com/tickets or call the GW Athletics Ticket Office at 202-994-7325.
9 Opponents in Postseason Play in 2013
8 Opponents in NCAA RPI Top 100 in 2013