Aug. 8, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's basketball team, winners of the last two Patriot League Tournaments, will face four non-conference opponents that joined the Midshipmen in advancing to post-season tournaments in 2012 during the upcoming 2012-13 campaign. The schedule for the Mids was announced today by head coach Stefanie Pemper.
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In addition to facing four 2012 post-season teams this season, Navy's slate of 15 non-league games includes six games that will be played in Alumni Hall, repeat games against five opponents the Mids also faced last year, games against three first-time foes and contests against teams representing as many as 10 conference affiliations.
Navy's season begins with the Mids playing a pair of games in New York State at Iona (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) on Nov. 9 and at Stony Brook (America East) on Nov. 11. These games will be the first for Navy against the Gaels since the 1997-98 season and mark the first Navy-Stony Brook pairing since the 1999-2000 campaign. The Mids will open their home season a few days later with a Nov. 16 game against William & Mary (Colonial Athletic Association). Navy recorded a 61-58 win over the Tribe last season. Navy will return to Alumni Hall for its next game, a Nov. 20 game against Loyola (MAAC). The Greyhounds defeated the Mids by the score of 42-38 when the teams met last year in Baltimore.
One of Navy's longest continuous road trips for both the number of days and distance traveled in recent years is next on the docket for the Mids. Navy will first travel to Houston, Texas, and the campus of Houston Baptist University to face UC Davis (Big West) and Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference) as part of the Husky Classic on Nov. 23 and 24, respectively. Navy enters the season without having faced either the Aggies or the Lady Tigers over the course of its 35-season history. UC Davis compiled a 17-13 record a year ago and lost in the first round of the WNIT. After the two games in Texas, the Mids will head to Colorado Springs, Colo., to face Air Force (Mountain West) on Nov. 26. The Mids tallied a 71-59 victory over the Falcons last season in Annapolis.
Navy then opens up a three-game homestand by playing host to the annual Navy Classic. Navy will begin play in the tournament by facing East Carolina (Conference USA) on Nov. 30. The game will mark the first meeting between the Mids and the Pirates. The second day of the event, Dec. 1, features the Mids taking on either High Point (Big South), which advanced to the opening round of the 2012 WNIT, or Monmouth. Navy last played High Point three years and most recently played Monmouth in the fall of 2005. The Mids will close out their longest homestand of the entire 2012-13 season with a Dec. 4 game against Saint Peter's (MAAC), a foe Navy has not faced since the 1999-2000 season.
Navy's last game prior to taking a break in the schedule for final exams will be a Dec. 8 game at Mount St. Mary's (Northeast). The Mountaineers posted a 52-45 victory over the Mids last year.
The remaining slate of non-league games has the Mids doing anything but easing into Patriot League play. The squad's most rugged stretch of games on the schedule begins with the Mids playing at Big East member school Marquette on Dec. 19 and at home on Dec. 30 against a Marshall (Conference USA) team that posted a 16-14 record last year. The lone previous game between the Mids and the Golden Eagles took place in December of 2006, with Navy and Marshall last squaring off in December of 2007.
The non-league slate ends with back-to-back road games at Richmond (Atlantic 10) on Jan. 4 and at Princeton (Ivy League) on Jan. 8. The Spiders and the Tigers each won at least 23 games last season and combined to post a 47-14 record, Richmond advanced to the second round of the 2012 WNIT and Princeton has won three consecutive Ivy League crowns. Navy faced both programs in Alumni Hall during the 2011-12 season. The Spiders recorded a 56-39 victory over the Mids in the opening game of the season for both teams, while Navy tallied one of its most impressive non-league victories in school history when it defeated Princeton by the score of 65-52.
Navy's Patriot League schedule has the Mids playing three of its first six games of the year on the road before playing five of its last eight games of the campaign at home.
League play commences for the Mids with a home game against Lafayette on Jan. 12 before they hit the road for four of their next five games. This stretch includes Navy playing at Holy Cross (Jan. 16) and at Army (Jan. 19) in the same week for the sixth consecutive season. The Mids return from West Point to play host to American on Jan. 23 before ending the first month of the new year back on the road with games at Colgate on Jan. 26 and Lehigh on Jan. 30.
The shortest month of the calendar begins with Navy playing host to Bucknell on Feb. 2 before the team takes its second trip to Pennsylvania in a three-game span for a Feb. 9 game at Lafayette. Alumni Hall will be the site for Navy's ensuing two games, which will be contests against Holy Cross (Feb. 13) and Army (Feb. 16). The latter game against the Black Knights will serve as the Star Game between the academies.
A quick trip to American on Feb. 20 follows, with the Mids back at home for games against Colgate on Feb. 23 and Lehigh on Feb. 27. Navy will then conclude the league campaign March 2 at Bucknell.
The 2013 Patriot League Tournament will follow the same format it has used over the next several years with each game being played on campus sites and hosted by the team with the higher seed playing in the contest. The four quarterfinal games will be played on March 7, the two semifinal games will be contested on March 11 and the championship game will be played on March 16.