June 13, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad released its 2014-15 non-conference opponents on Friday. The Hoyas will play five home games and seven road contests including four games in the 2014 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge.
"We're so excited about our 2014-15 women's basketball non-conference schedule. Our competitive spirit will be on display against teams from top conferences all over the country," said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. "Our schedule is designed to prepare our players to compete for a BIG EAST championship and an NCAA berth. Our motto this season is `Earn It' and our schedule will definitely allow us to do so."
Georgetown will face one NCAA Tournament qualifier as well as three squads that competed in the WNIT.
The season tips off at home on November 14 against the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). The Hawks were 9-21 a season ago, but return 13 players from last year. GU is 2-0 all-time against UMES.
This will be followed by a trip to Virginia to face the University of Richmond on Nov. 16. The Spiders were 14-16 a year ago and 8-8 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Georgetown won last year's meeting, 82-78, at McDonough Arena and is 9-6 all-time against Richmond.
The Blue & Gray returns home on Nov. 19 to host the Loyola University (Md.) Greyhounds. Loyola went 5-25 overall and 2-16 last year in the squad's first season in the Patriot League, but returns three starters. This will be the teams' first meeting since 2003-04, GU is 9-3 all-time against the Greyhounds.
The Hoyas will then travel to the University of Kansas for the 2014 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Challenge.
It will begin with a matchup against Temple University on Nov. 21. The following day, the Hoyas will face the University of Alabama and the team will end the weekend with a game against the host Jayhawks. The tournament will conclude on Nov. 30 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., as GU battles the College of the Holy Cross.
The Owls were 14-16 last season and went 8-10 in the American Athletic Conference. The teams most recently met in the 2012-13 season where the Hoyas won, 66-58. Georgetown holds a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series. Alabama went 14-16 last year and 7-9 in the Southeastern Conference. It will be the first meeting for the two squads.
Kansas was 13-19 a season ago with a mark of 5-13 in Big 12 play. The teams met once before, during the 2001-02 season where the Hoyas won, 70-57, at the Hawk Classic in Philadelphia, Pa. Holy Cross had an impressive year with a record of 20-12 overall and 10-8 in the Patriot League. The team advanced to the Patriot League Championship before falling to Army, 68-58.
Georgetown will return home on Nov. 28 to host the University of Florida in a tough rematch from a season ago. Last year, the Hoyas fell in Gainesville in overtime, 67-65. The Gators went on to make it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament going 20-13 on the season. The Hoyas are 1-3 against Florida.
The Blue & Gray will open December with a pair of road contests. Georgetown will travel to Princeton University on Dec. 6 and then make the short ride to George Washington University on Dec. 9.
The Tigers were 21-9 last year going 11-3 in the Ivy League and advancing to the second round of the WNIT. Georgetown defeated Princeton at home last season, 66-64. The Hoyas also defeated the Colonials a season ago with a 78-57 victory at McDonough Arena. GW was 23-11 overall and 11-5 in the A-10 advancing to the WNIT quarterfinals before falling to the University of South Florida.
Georgetown will add two new opponents to the slate, marking GU's first meeting with both squads.
The Hoyas will host Memphis University on Dec. 13. The Tigers were 13-18 last season with a mark of 6-12 in the AAC. The team will look to improve under new Head Coach David Midlick.
Rounding out the non-conference schedule is St. Bonaventure University of Dec. 22 at McDonough Arena. The Bonnies are coming off a solid season with a 24-11 overall record going 11-4 in the A-10. The squad advanced to the second round of the WNIT before falling to Bowling Green State University.
Led by Adair, the Hoyas will have a new look and return some key players for a solid core.