Emmitsburg, Md. (September 11, 2015)—Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball coach Bryan Whitten has announced the 2015-16 schedule, which features 13 regular season home games.
"We are excited for the 2015-16 season," said Whitten. "We feel we have put together a non-conference schedule that will challenge our team and prepare us for Northeast Conference play. The ACC, CAA, Patriot League, MEAC, MAAC, and Big South are all represented on our schedule. The home opener is against a very good William & Mary team, coached by former Sacred Heart coach Ed Swanson. We return games to Campbell and Delaware State, which is exciting for me as I am from Delaware. We have a strong contingent of local schools again this year in Loyola, Coppin State, UMES, Howard, and Bucknell. Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech are two teams that had good post season runs last year, and we conclude our non-conference slate at home against Niagara," said Whitten.
The Mountaineers open the season at home against William & Mary on Friday, November 13, at Knott Arena. The Mount is 7-3 all-time against the Tribe, including a 66-58 overtime win on Dec. 8, 2006, in the last meeting in the series.
After the home opener, the Mount embarks on a five-game road trip that includes Delaware State (Nov. 18), Campbell (Nov. 21), Bucknell (Nov. 24), Coppin State (Nov. 29) and Maryland-Eastern Shore (Dec. 2). The all-time series with Delaware State is tied at 1-1 after the Mount's 73-64 home win last season. This will be the fourth consecutive season the Mount and Campbell have played with Campbell holding a 2-1 edge in the all-time series. The Mount is 6-2 all-time against Bucknell, but has lost the past two meetings with the Bison. The Mount downed Coppin State at home last year and is 4-2 all-time against the Eagles. The Mountaineers are 12-1 all-time against UMES, but fell on the road against the Hawks last year.
Loyola visits Knott Arena on December 5 for the 37th all-time meeting between the two schools. The Mount is 23-13 all-time against the Greyhounds. A quick road trip to play at Pittsburgh on December 8 is followed by a home matchup with Howard on December 12. The Mount is 0-7 all-time against Pittsburgh and is 4-4 against Howard. The Mount will play at Virginia Tech on Dec. 19 with the Hokies holding a 1-0 lead in the all-time series.
Niagara visits Knott Arena on December 29 to kick off a five-game homestand. The Mountaineers are 1-1 all-time against the Purple Eagles. Northeast Conference (NEC) play begins on January 2 when LIU Brooklyn heads to Emmitsburg. The Mount will also face St. Francis Brooklyn (Jan. 4), Central Connecticut (Jan. 9) and Bryant (Jan. 11) during the season-high five-game homestand.
The Mount heads on the road for the next four games with NEC matchups at Saint Francis U (Jan. 16), Robert Morris (Jan. 18), Fairleigh Dickinson (Jan. 23) and Sacred Heart (Jan. 25). The Mount hosts Wagner on January 30 for the annual Winter Homecoming matchup before facing Robert Morris on February 1 at home.
The rest of the February schedule includes home games with Saint Francis U (Feb. 13), Fairleigh Dickinson (Feb. 15) and Sacred Heart (Feb. 29) and road contests with LIU Brooklyn (Feb. 6), Wagner (Feb. 8), Bryant (Feb. 20), Central Connecticut (Feb. 22) and St. Francis Brooklyn (Feb. 27).
"We are excited about the possibilities this season brings for us," said Whitten. "Though we lost two seniors from last year, I feel our returning players got some great experience. Our players have worked hard in the off-season and with continued effort in the Fall and preseason, we have positive expectations heading into the season."