June 13, 2012
WASHINGTON - The BIG EAST Conference announced its repeat opponents for the 2012-13 women's basketball season. Georgetown will face all 14 conference opponents once with two home/away series against Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Included on the Hoyas' home slate are Cincinnati, Connecticut, Marquette, Seton Hall, USF and Villanova.
The format for regular-season league play is a 16-game schedule. Each team plays 16 conference games - hosting six opponents at home and playing at six opponents, while having two repeat opponents where both a home and away game will be played. Each member has a total of eight home and eight away games.
The rationale in determining the repeat opponents is to provide additional quality television inventory, for competitive issues/RPI implications as well as geographic rivalries/minimizing travel costs.
Last year, the BIG EAST had 12 of its women's basketball teams continue to the postseason with eight teams selected to the NCAA Championship and four to the WNIT. In the first 14 games of the postseason, the conference had a strong showing, posting a 13-1 record. The BIG EAST was again well-represented in the Final Four as Connecticut and Notre Dame advanced to play each other in the semifinals. It was the sixth-straight year a BIG EAST school has advanced to the Final Four and the third time in the last four years that the BIG EAST had two representatives. Nine BIG EAST teams reached the 20-win plateau with two teams collecting 30 or more victories.
The BIG EAST was a combined 159-55 (.743) vs. nonconference opponents during the regular season - the seventh-straight year the league remained above .700.
With next season's start still months away, the future remains bright for BIG EAST women's basketball. In ESPN's 25 teams to watch in 2012-13, the sports network named four BIG EAST teams in the top 11. Connecticut was predicted as No. 2, Notre Dame as No. 8, St. John's at No. 10 and Louisville at No. 11. Of Sports Illustrated's top-10 teams for 2012-13, three were from the BIG EAST with Connecticut listed as No. 2, Louisville at No. 4 and Notre Dame at No. 9.
Last season, the Hoyas had another impressive season with an overall record of 23-9 and a mark of 11-5 in the BIG EAST. The Hoyas defeated three ranked teams this season and were ranked in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Polls for the entire year, at one point reaching No. 10 on the AP Poll and No. 11 on the ESPN/USA Today Poll. The Blue & Gray finished the season with an RPI of 26, as well as being ranked 18th and 17th on the AP and the ESPN/USA Today Polls, respectively.
GU tied for fourth in league play and earned its third-consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament where the Hoyas advanced to the second round.
On May 7, Keith Brown was named the seventh head coach in program history, stepping into the role after serving as an assistant on the Hilltop for five seasons.
The Hoyas lose seven seniors to graduations, but return All-American Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) and a talented core of players as well as four freshmen.
Georgetown will announce its full schedule in September.