RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Women's Basketball's 2016-17 non-conference schedule is highlighted by six home games, the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico and games against ACC, Big Ten, SEC and Big East opponents.
The Rams, coming off a 2015-16 season in which they went 23-10 overall and a Women's National Invitational Tournament appearance, will challenge themselves as they take on five teams that qualified for either the NCAA Tournament or WNIT in 2015-16.
"We are very excited about our non-conference schedule," said head coach Beth O'Boyle. "Playing teams all over the country who traditionally compete in the postseason will challenge our team and also help prepare us for the great battles we will face in the Atlantic 10."
VCU will open the season with its first games at home as they host Coppin State on Nov. 11 and Minnesota on Nov. 15.
Minnesota is coming off a season in which it went 20-12 overall with an 11-7 mark in Big Ten play. The Golden Gophers advanced to the second round of the WNIT before falling to South Dakota. The Gophers are coached by former VCU head coach Marlene Stollings, who finished with 33-29 mark at VCU between 2012-14.
The Rams will hit the road for the first time as they travel to Campbell on Nov. 19. The Camels finished 13-18 last year but are under new leadership as Ronnie Fisher joined the staff from fellow Big South member Presbyterian. VCU will host IUPUI on Nov. 22 before heading to the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico. IUPUI is coming off a season in which it was selected to the WNIT and advanced to the second round.
In Puerto Rico, VCU will face American on Nov. 25 and take on Villanova on Nov. 26 before retuning stateside to play host to Iona on Nov. 30. The Wildcats went 20-12 last season with a 12-6 mark in Big East play and also advanced to the second round of the WNIT. The Gales compiled a 23-12 mark overall in 2015-16 and made the NCAA Tournament after winning the MAAC Tournament Championship over No. 1 seed Quinnipiac.
VCU will travel to Furman on Dec. 7 in a return game after beating the Paladins 67-45 last year in Richmond. The Rams will then have a quick turnaround as they head to Norfolk on Dec. 9 for a rematch with long-time rival Old Dominion, who the Rams beat 74-54 at home this past year.
UNC Greensboro will visit the Siegel Center on Dec. 11 before the Rams take on ACC and SEC opponents back-to-back on the road. VCU will first take on SEC member Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi on Dec. 17 before traveling to Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Dec. 21. The Demon Deacons advanced to the WNIT's second round and finished 17-16 overall last season.
The Rams will close out the non-conference portion of their schedule at home against Ivy League member Brown on Dec. 29.
VCU women's basketball season tickets can be purchased online beginning in early October.