Eight Postseason Squads, Pair of National TV Games Highlight 2013-14 VCU Women’s Basketball Schedule

2013-14 Schedule (.pdf)

RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Head Women's Basketball Coach Marlene Stollings has announced the Rams' 2013-14 schedule after the Atlantic 10 released the conference slate on Thursday.  The 29-game ledger features eight postseason squads from a year ago, including a pair of nationally televised contests.

"We are excited about the schedule and start of our second season at VCU," said Stollings.  "We are looking forward to great crowds at the Siegel Center to cheer furiously and be our sixth man.  The non-conference schedule will test us early as we go on the road for seven of eight games including a trip to Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State.  The Atlantic 10 Conference schedule will be especially competitive. It will challenge our youthful roster of eight players dressing for the first time in their VCU careers."  

Stollings' squad opens the 2013-14 campaign at Postseason WNIT participant Youngstown State on Nov. 9.  The Rams also visit perennial national power Ohio State (Nov. 14) during the first week of the season before returning to the Verizon Wireless Arena, part of the HDL Athletic Village, for their home opener against Elon on Nov. 17.

VCU then hits the road for five straight contests, beginning with a trip to Texas where it'll face Texas-Pan American (Nov. 21) and UT Arlington (Nov. 24).  The Rams conclude their longest road stretch of the season with visits to UNC Greensboro (Nov. 27), Wagner (Dec. 1) and UMBC (Dec. 7).

The Black & Gold return to the Siegel Center for three straight and five of their next six contests as the Rams entertain Cleveland State (Dec. 15), Manhattan (Dec. 18), Florida A&M (Dec. 22) and former Colonial Athletic Association rival Old Dominion (Dec. 30), before opening Atlantic 10 play at home against UMass (Jan. 2).  The Rams also visit NJIT (Dec. 28) during that stretch.

After its A-10 opener against the Minutewomen, three of VCU's next four conference opponents reached the postseason a year ago.  The Rams travel to Duquesne (Jan. 4), which posted 24 wins and a trip to the WNIT, and La Salle (Jan. 8) before entertaining defending league champion Saint Joseph's (Jan. 12) in front of a nationally televised audience on CBS Sports Network.  VCU then hosts league runner-up Fordham on Jan. 15.

The Rams face UMass for the second time in three weeks with a trip to Amherst, Mass. on Jan. 18 before welcoming Duquesne (Jan. 22) and former CAA rival and A-10 newcomer George Mason to Richmond on Jan. 25.  VCU hits the heart of its conference schedule with back-to-back visits to Saint Joseph's (Feb. 1) and Dayton, which received an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament with 28 wins a year ago, on Feb. 5.

VCU hosts cross-town rival Richmond on Feb. 8 before traveling to George Washington for a nationally televised contest (CBS Sports Network) on Feb. 13.  The Rams continue heading north for a match-up at Rhode Island (Feb. 15), before closing out their home schedule with two straight against St. Bonaventure (Feb. 19) and Saint Louis (Feb. 22).

The Rams won't have far to travel during the remainder of their schedule as they close out the regular season at Richmond on Feb. 26 and begin A-10 Tournament play at the Richmond Coliseum March 5-9. 

The Rams welcome nine newcomers to this year's squad, including a freshman class ranked tops in the A-10, 38th-best in the nation, and third highest among all non-BCS schools.  VCU qualified for the A-10 Tournament in its inaugural season in the league last year, despite returning just 20 percent of its offense (fewest in A-10) and 31 percent of its minutes played (second-fewest in A-10).

Season tickets for VCU's 13-game home schedule are now on sale for only $35.  Click here to purchase.  Single game tickets will go on sale Oct. 18.  Call (804) 828-RAMS for more information.

2013-14 VCU Women's Basketball Schedule

Nov. 9 at Youngstown St. 2 p.m.   
Nov. 14 at Ohio State 7 p.m.
Nov. 17 ELON 2 p.m.
Nov. 21 at Texas Pan-American 7 p.m.
Nov. 24 at Texas-Arlington 1 p.m.
Nov. 27 at UNC Greensboro 1 p.m.
Dec. 1 at Wagner 1 p.m.
Dec. 7 at UMBC 2 p.m.
Dec. 15 CLEVELAND STATE 2 p.m.
Dec. 18 MANHATTAN 11 a.m.
Dec. 22 FLORIDA A&M 1 p.m.
Dec. 28 at NJIT 2 p.m.
Dec. 30 OLD DOMINION 6 p.m.
Jan. 2 MASSACHUSETTS* 7 p.m.
Jan. 4 at Duquesne* TBA
Jan. 8 at La Salle* TBA
Jan. 12  SAINT JOSEPH'S* 5 p.m. CBSSN
Jan. 15 FORDHAM* 7 p.m.
Jan. 18  at Massachusetts* 2 p.m.
Jan. 22  DUQUESNE* 7 p.m.
Jan. 25 GEORGE MASON* 2 p.m.
Feb. 1  at Saint Joseph's* TBA
Feb. 5  at Dayton* 7 p.m.
Feb. 8  RICHMOND* 2 p.m.
Feb. 13  at George Washington* TBA CBSSN
Feb. 15  at Rhode Island* TBA
Feb. 19  ST. BONAVENTURE* 7 p.m.
Feb. 22  SAINT LOUIS* 2 p.m.
Feb. 26 at Richmond* TBA
March 5-9 Atlantic 10 Championship^ TBD

Home games in BOLD (Verizon Wireless Arena)
* - Atlantic 10 Conference Game 
^ - at Richmond Coliseum 
TV Key: CBSSN = CBS Sports Network

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