WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. and head women's basketball coach Bill Gibbons have announced the Crusaders' schedule for the 2013-2014 season, which will begin on Nov. 8. The schedule features three teams who qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament and six teams who won 20 or more games a season ago. The slate will also include 15 regular season home games at the Hart Center.
The Crusaders begin the campaign at home on Nov. 8 versus Dartmouth, before they hit the road to face UMass Lowell on Nov. 16. Holy Cross will then host two home contests versus Bryant (Nov. 23) and Massachusetts (Nov. 26), followed by a road matchup at Manhattan (Dec. 1). The Crusaders continue non-conference play with a trio of home matchups against Northeastern (Dec. 4), Fordham (Dec. 7) and Quinnipiac (Dec. 18). The game versus Quinnipiac will be the Crusaders' annual Worcester Public Schools "Get Fit with the Crusaders" game, starting at 11:30 a.m.
After it travels to Boston College on Dec. 21, Holy Cross will compete in the Cyclone Classic, hosted by Iowa State on Dec. 28-29. On Dec. 28th, the Crusaders will take on the host Cyclones, while they could play either Saint Louis or William & Mary on Dec. 29 to wrap up the non-conference slate.
"We play a lot of our non-conference games in the friendly confines of the Hart Center against some quality opponents," Gibbons said. "The Cyclone Classic will be a tremendous challenge in a great atmosphere, with their attendance perennially in the top five nationally. Our third annual 'Get Fit with the Crusaders' game the week before Christmas will be exciting, as we welcome defending NEC Champion, Quinnipiac, for a morning contest. All of these games should prepare us for a tough, competitive Patriot League, which has many returning all-conference players and also two excellent programs joining the league."
Holy Cross opens Patriot League play at home versus Boston University (Jan. 2), before it plays a pair of road contests at American (Jan. 5) and Colgate (Jan. 8). The Crusaders then play host to Bucknell (Jan. 11) and Army (Jan. 15), followed by a road contest at Lehigh (Jan. 18). Holy Cross will return to Worcester on Jan. 22 to take on Lafayette, followed by a rematch of the last two Patriot League Championship games with Navy on Jan. 25 at home. The Crusaders wrap up the month of January with a road contest at Loyola (Md.) on the 29th.
The Patriot League schedule continues with two home contests versus American (Feb. 1) and Colgate (Feb. 5), followed by a pair of road games at Bucknell (Feb. 8) and Army (Feb. 12). The Crusaders return home to take on Lehigh (Feb. 15), before they go back on the road to play at Lafayette (Feb. 19) and Navy (Feb. 22). After Holy Cross hosts Loyola on Feb. 26, it will wrap up the 2013-2014 season on the road at Boston University on March 1.
The Crusaders return four starters and 11 letterwinners from their 2012-2013 team, which went 18-14 overall and 8-6 in the Patriot League. The team has appeared in the Patriot League Championship game in back-to-back seasons and an unprecedented 17 championship game appearances in the 23 year history of the Patriot League. The Crusaders have won 11 of those championships.
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