Emmitsburg, Md. (August 16, 2018) – The Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball team unveiled its schedule for the 2018-19 season on Thursday.
"This year's non-conference schedule will give our team some early challenges against two teams that are consistent postseason contenders in Michigan and Duquesne," said second-year Head Coach Maria Marchesano. "We will also get the opportunity to battle it out against four different in-state rivals, including the annual Catholic Clash at Loyola this year. Our ultimate goal is to continue to grow and take the steps needed to be as prepared as possible when our conference season rolls around, and we certainly feel like this schedule does that for us."
The Mountaineers open the campaign at home on November 6 against Washington College, before playing three straight road games at Michigan (Nov. 9), Duquesne (Nov. 12) and Rider (Nov. 17). The Mount is set for its first-ever matchup against Michigan, taking on a team that collected 23 wins a season ago and reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
Following the three-game road stretch, Mount St. Mary's returns home for a matchup at Towson as the two programs will meet for the first time since 2011. The Mount owns a 13-11 all-time advantage in the series despite Towson taking each of the last four meetings.
The Mount begins the month of December with a trip to Loyola for the 40th all-time meeting against the Greyhounds. The Mountaineers posted a victory over Loyola last season to improve to 24-15 in series history.
Mount St. Mary's continues its road swing with a contest at Gardner-Webb (Dec. 3), followed by games at UMBC (Dec. 6) and Virginia Tech (Dec. 16). The Mount owns a 28-9 all-time advantage over UMBC, with the last matchup between the two schools coming back in 2007. The Mount's tilt at Virginia Tech will mark the third meeting between the two programs, as the Hokies have won the previous two in 2009 and 2015.
Mount St. Mary's heads back home to close out non-conference play with games vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (Dec. 20) and Radford (Jan. 2) at Knott Arena. The Mount looks to continue its success against MDES, holding a 14-2 advantage over the Hawks following a victory last season. The Mount also owns a 7-2 record against Radford, with the most recent matchup coming in 2009.
The Mount begins its 18-game Northeast Conference (NEC) schedule in early January with games against the top-two teams in the league from a season ago, beginning with a contest at Robert Morris (Jan. 5), followed by a matchup at reigning champion Saint Francis U (January 7).
Following the tough road test, the Mount returns to Knott Arena to face Bryant (Jan. 12) and Central Connecticut (Jan. 14), who they went a combined 3-1 against last year, which included a season sweep of CCSU.
The Mount hits the road the following weekend for tilts at Wagner (Jan. 19) and Fairleigh Dickinson (Jan. 21), a pair of teams that the Mount swept last season. Mount St. Mary's has had tremendous success against Wagner in its history, holding a 44-16 all-time advantage.
Over the following two weeks, Mount St. Mary's plays three straight home games against LIU Brooklyn (Jan. 26), St. Francis Brooklyn (Jan. 28) and Saint Francis U (Feb. 2), as the Mountaineers look to avenge last season's results against the trio of teams.
Road games at Sacred Heart (Feb. 9) and LIU Brooklyn (Feb. 11) await the Mountaineers, before they return to Emmitsburg to take on Robert Morris (Feb. 16) and Wagner (Feb. 18) the following week.
After games at Bryant (Feb. 23) and Central Connecticut (Feb. 25), the Mount hosts Fairleigh Dickinson (March 2) for Senior Day at Knott Arena, before heading out on the road once again to take on St. Francis Brooklyn (March 4).
Mount St. Mary's closes out the regular season with a tilt at home vs. Sacred Heart on March 7.
The top eight teams in the regular season standings will earn a berth to the NEC Tournament, which will take place on March 11, 14 and 17.
For season ticket information, contact the Mount St. Mary's Ticket Office at 301-447-5700.