WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head women's basketball coach Bill Gibbons and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., have announced the Crusaders' schedule for the 2010-2011 season, with the first game slated for Friday, Nov. 12. Highlighting the schedule is a game against the defending NCAA Champion, Connecticut, in Storrs, Conn., on Sunday, Nov. 14 as well as participation in the Marriott Cavalier Classic hosted by Virginia from Dec. 28-29.
Holy Cross begins the season at home against Yale. The team then hits the road for three games as they will play at Connecticut on Nov. 14, Quinnipiac on Nov. 17 and Fordham, a team that has not been on the schedule since 2003, on Nov. 20. The Crusaders return home for the final games in November, hosting New Hampshire on Nov. 23 and Harvard on Nov. 28.
"We play a good non-conference schedule, and it will help prepare us for the Patriot League," said Gibbons. "I'm happy to have those home games early, especially with a young team."
The squad's five-game, non-conference home stand continues into December as the team welcomes Central Connecticut (Dec. 1), Maine (Dec. 4) and Boston College (Dec. 8) to the Hart Center. Road contests complete the month of December beginning with an away game at Bryant (Dec. 19) and continuing with a contest at Northeastern (Dec. 21) and then a trip to Charlottesville, Va., for the Marriott Cavalier Classic (Dec. 28-29). Host Virginia, as well as East Tennessee State and North Carolina A&T will all participate in the tournament.
The Crusaders open up the New Year with games at Dartmouth (Jan. 2) and Massachusetts (Jan. 5). Patriot League action starts up at Lafayette (Jan. 8) and continues with a three-game home-set against Army (Jan. 12), Bucknell (Jan. 15) and Navy (Jan.19). A trip to Washington, D.C. to play American (Jan. 22) follows and continues to Hamilton, N.Y., for a road match with Colgate (Jan. 26). The January slate finishes with a Hart Center contest against defending Patriot League Champions, Lehigh, on Jan. 29
The team begins the month of February on the road at Army (Feb. 9), Bucknell (Feb. 12) and Navy (Feb. 16), before hosting American (Feb. 19) and Colgate (Feb. 23). The regular season ends with a game at Lehigh on Feb. 26. The Patriot League tournament will be held at the highest seed beginning with the quarterfinals on March 5 and the semifinals on March 9. The Patriot League championship game will be played on Saturday, March 12 at the highest remaining seed and will be broadcast on CBS College Sports.
"There's a new format in the league," continued Gibbons. "We're going to the same format as the men for the postseason, in the fact that it will be all home sites. I think that puts more of a hone on the regular season, which I like."
Holy Cross is coming off the 2009-2010 season where it posted an overall record of 10-21 (5-9 Patriot League). Gibbons enters his 26th season with the Crusaders in 2010-2011 as Holy Cross returns second team All-Patriot League selection Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) and All-Rookie team member Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.).