WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad released its 2017-18 nonconference schedule on Tuesday. The Hoyas will play three home games and six road contests including three games in the 2017 Challenge in Music City.
"We have put together a powerful nonconference schedule to challenge and prepare our team for BIG EAST Conference play," said Georgetown Head Coach James Howard. "I believe it's important to play teams with postseason tournament experience, while also challenging ourselves by playing back-to-back games."
Georgetown will face four teams that advanced to the postseason in 2017, including three NCAA Tournament qualifiers.
The season tips off at McDonough Arena as the Hoyas host local-rival Howard University on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The Bison finished the season with a record of 16-13. The Hoyas are 7-9 all-time against the Bison with the last meeting coming in 1986. Howard, Assistant Coach Niki Reid Geckeler and Assistant Coach Andre Bolton all have ties to Howard spending time on the coaching staff at the institution.
A pair of local foes are scheduled for the following week as Georgetown travels to Loyola University on Nov. 16 and George Washington University on Nov. 19. The Greyhounds went 11-20 a season ago and won one game in the Patriot League Championship. GU is 10-3 all-time against Loyola with the last meeting coming in 2014. The Colonials went 20-10 in 2016-17 and earned a WNIT berth falling to Navy in the opening round of the tournament. Last season the Blue & Gray downed GW, 72-57, at McDonough Arena in the season opener.
Georgetown will spend Thanksgiving in Nashville at the Challenge in Music City. The Hoyas will face Auburn University (Nov. 24), the The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (Nov. 25) and Northwestern University (Nov. 26).
The Tigers went 17-15 and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament before losing to NC State University. Auburn Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy was formerly at Georgetown and worked with Reid Geckler on the Hilltop. The Mocs had a good season last year winning the Southern Conference and earning the automatic NCAA Tournament bid. The team was 21-11 overall. Northwestern had a record of 20-11 on the season and went 8-8 in the Big Ten.
This will be the first meeting between the Hoyas and all three opponents in the tournament.
Georgetown returns home on Nov. 29 as the squad hosts Florida International University at McDonough Arena. The Panthers were 5-24 last year. The Blue & Gray downed the squad, 66-53, a season ago in Miami.
The final home contest on the nonconference slate is scheduled for Dec. 7 as GU hosts the University of Minnesota. The Golden Gophers were 15-16 a season ago and 5-11 in the Big Ten. In a meeting in the Land of 10,000 Lakes last year, the Hoyas fell, 68-60. The Blue & Gray is 1-2 all-time against the Golden Gophers and 1-0 at home.
Georgetown will finish out the schedule on the road with a contest at NC State. The Wolfpack was 23-9 overall last season and 12-4 in the ACC. The team earned an NCAA Tournament bid and defeated Auburn before losing to the University of Texas. The Hoyas are 1-1 all-time against NC State and 1-0 at home.
GU will close out the year on Dec. 21 at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Rams were 16-15 a year ago and went 8-8 in conference play. Georgetown is 4-1 all-time against VCU with the last meeting coming in 2008.
Georgetown finished the season with a mark of 17-13 last year. The squad went 9-9 in conference play earning the sixth overall seed in the BIG EAST Tournament. GU earned a WNIT bid, but fell in the first round. The squad returns All-BIG EAST honorees Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) and Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill), and boasts a talented roster.