September 18, 2012

Eleven Postseason Squads Highlight 2012-13 VCU Women's Basketball Schedule

2012-13 VCU Women's Basketball Schedule (.pdf)

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RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University Head Women's Basketball Coach Marlene Stollings (pictured) has announced her team's 2012-13 schedule.  The 29-game slate features 11 opponents that appeared in the postseason a year ago, including NCAA Tournament participants Ohio State, St. Bonaventure, Dayton and Liberty.

In all, seven A-10 teams qualified for the postseason in 2011-12 with nationally ranked St. Bonaventure reaching the NCAA Sweet 16.  Reigning A-10 Tournament champion Dayton also played in the NCAA Tournament, while Temple (third round), Saint Joseph's (second round), Richmond (second round), Charlotte and Duquesne participated in the WNIT.  Meanwhile, the Rams face four postseason squads in their non-conference schedule, including nationally ranked Ohio State, perennial Big South Conference power Liberty, UMKC (WNIT) and Manhattan (WBI semifinal).

The 2012-13 season marks several firsts for VCU Women's Basketball.  Not only are the Rams beginning their inaugural season in the A-10, but VCU has new leadership in Stollings, who was named the program's 13th head coach on June 5, 2012. 

"We are excited about the competitive mix that our schedule presents," said Stollings. "It will challenge us immediately and give our fans an indication of the toughness we will bring to the court.  There is no question this team is ecstatic about competing in the Atlantic 10 conference and beyond.  We look to November with great anticipation as it will begin a special era for the Rams."

VCU, which plays seven of its first nine games on the road, opens the season at Elon on Nov. 12.  The Rams also make trips to Manhatten (Nov. 14) and former Colonial Athletic Association rival Old Dominion (Nov.17) during the first week of the season, before returning to the Verizon Wireless Arena for their home opener against UMKC on Nov. 20. 

After three straight road games against Maine (Nov. 24), Cleveland State (Nov. 28) and Florida A&M (Dec. 1), VCU enjoys its longest home stretch of the season with four of its next five contests inside the Siegel Center.  The Rams host UMBC on Dec. 5 before entertaining East Carolina (Dec. 16), in-state foe Liberty (Dec. 20) and NJIT (Dec. 21).  VCU also visits Coppin State (Dec. 8) and Ohio State (Dec. 27) during that stretch.

The Rams open the 2013 calendar year with a New Year's Day home game against Maine before hosting Youngstown State on Jan. 4 to close out the non-conference portion of its schedule.

VCU's begins its A-10 era with back-to-back road contests against Saint Louis on Jan. 12 and Temple on Jan. 16, before welcoming George Washington (Jan. 20), Duquesne (Jan. 23) and Dayton (Jan. 30) to the Verizon Wireless Arena in late January.  The Rams also visit fellow A-10 newcomer Butler on Jan. 27.

The Black & Gold hits the heart of its conference schedule in February with trips to Fordham (Feb. 2), St. Bonaventure (Feb. 10), cross-town rival Richmond (Feb. 20) and Charlotte (Feb. 28).  VCU has just three home games in February against Saint Joseph's (Feb. 6) La Salle (Feb. 17) and Xavier (Feb. 23). 

The Rams conclude the regular season at home against Rhode Island on March 3 in a game that will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

The first three rounds of the A-10 Tournament will be held at Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena on the campus of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa. March 8-10.  The championship game will then be played at the new state-of-the-art Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in conjunction with the men's semifinal contests on Saturday, March 16.  The title game will be televised on the ESPN Networks.

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