Aug 15, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Three teams that advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including a team that advanced to the Final Four, trips to Chicago and California and 12 games inside the newly renovated Kirby Sports Center highlight the 2013-14 Lafayette women's basketball schedule, which was announced today by head coach Dianne Nolan.
The Leopards slate of non-conference opponents includes teams from 10 different leagues, including teams from traditional power conferences, the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East, the Big Ten, and the Pac 12.
The Maroon and White open the 2013-14 campaign on Nov. 8 at Kirby Sports Center against Rider University from the MAAC. The Broncs finished last season at 15-15 and defeated the Leopards 68-64 in Easton.
A pair of Ivy League foes will follow, as Lafayette heads to Providence, R.I. to meet Brown on Nov. 10 before returning to Easton to host Columbia on Nov. 15. The Leopards defeated Brown, 56-32, on College Hill and Columbia, 49-47, in New York, N.Y., last season.
Lafayette begins a five-game stint away from Kirby with a trip across Pennsylvania to take on Pittsburgh on Nov. 17. Last season the Leopards upset the Panthers, 68-65, in Easton. The Leopards then head to Philadelphia on Nov. 23 to tipoff against Villanova. The Wildcats took down Lafayette in Easton last season before finishing 21-11 and earning an at-large bid to the Big Dance.
A trip to Chicago, Ill. over the Thanksgiving holiday, to take on Northwestern out of the Big Ten on Nov. 27, followed by a date with Loyola Chicago on Nov. 29. Lafayette opened its season a year ago with a 62-51 victory over the Ramblers inside Kirby Sports Center.
December starts with the final game of the road trip on Dec. 4 in Newark, N.J., where the Maroon and White tip off against NJIT. Lafayette returns home on Dec. 8 when they square off with America East foe, Stony Brook.
After a 12-day break for final exams, the Leopards travel to Brooklyn, N.Y. for a rematch of last season’s 66-63 victory over St. Francis. Lafayette travels across the country to California for a clash with national semifinalist California Berkeley on Dec. 29 to close out its non-conference slate.
The Leopards open the Patriot League portion of their schedule on the road against Army in West Point, N.Y. The Black Knights finished the regular season tied for first in the League and downed Lafayette in both meetings last season. Army will visit the Leopards in the regular season finale on March 1.
The Maroon and White open their home league schedule with the reigning Patriot League Champions, Navy, on Jan. 5. The Leopards took the Mids to overtime twice last season including a thriller in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament. Lafayette will travel to Annapolis, Md. on Feb. 1 to finish the season series.
The Leopards visit Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa. on Jan. 8 and will host the Bison Feb. 5. The schools split last season’s series with both teams winning on the road in two games that came down to the wire.
Two Patriot League newcomers are up next for the Leopards, as Boston University welcomes Lafayette on Jan. 11 followed by visit from Loyola on Jan 15. The Terriers will travel to Easton on Feb 8, while the Greyhounds host the Leopards on Feb. 12.
American visits College Hill on Jan. 18 to square off against Lafayette, while the Leopards will travel to the nation’s capital on Feb. 15. Last season the two squads split the series with the Leopards knocking off the then first place Eagles at Kirby Sports Center.
The Maroon and White look to avenge a pair of losses to Holy Cross when they travel to Worcester, Mass. on Jan. 22. Lafayette will play host to the Crusaders on Feb. 19 to complete the season series.
Lafayette renews its bitter rivalry with Lehigh at Kirby Sports Center on Jan. 25 marking the 84th meeting between the two schools. The Leopards split the season series with the Mountain Hawks last season with each team defending their home court. Lafayette will travel to Bethlehem on Feb. 22.
A trip to Hamilton, N.Y. on Jan. 29 rounds out the first half of the Patriot League schedule. Colgate and Lafayette split last season’s series with both teams winning on the road. The Leopards will host the Raiders on Feb. 26.
The Leopards return 12 active players from the 2012-13 campaign, including Patriot League All-Rookie selection Jamie O'Hare and senior Danielle Fiacco, who finished the year ranked fifth in the nation with 3.48 blocks per game. Fiacco currently ranks third in Patriot League history with 284 career blocks. Lafayette will also welcome four highly-touted recruits to the squad this season.
The women’s basketball tournament will feature all 10 Patriot League members and will be played entirely at home sites. First-round contests will feature the 10th-seed at the seventh-seed, and the ninth-seed at the eighth-seed. Each tournament will then move to the quarterfinals held at the top four seeds, followed by the semifinals and championship at the site of the higher seeds. The bracket will not re-seed, and dates are expected to be announced soon.
Check back to GoLeopards.com for Patriot League Tournament dates and season ticket information for the 2013-14 Lafayette women’s basketball campaign.