Women's basketball announces 2019-20 schedule
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s basketball team has released its full schedule for the 2019-20 season, interim head coach Ann McInerney announced on Thursday, Sept. 5.
“We have a very competitive non-conference schedule, and I think we put ourselves in a position to really find out who we are and what we’re about early with some very challenging games,” McInerney said. “The non-conference schedule will prepare us for Patriot League play – I think this year, more than ever, it will be competitive top to bottom.”
The Crusaders will begin the year on the road with a Big Ten matchup at the University of Illinois on Nov. 9. Holy Cross returns to Worcester for its home opener on Nov. 13, hosting Boston College at the Hart Center at 7:05 p.m.
“Going out to Illinois will be a special homecoming for [Wilmette, Ill. native] Kathryn Pedi,” McInerney said. “But the opportunity to play a Big Ten team will also be challenging for us. And Boston College is always a nice rivalry game for us, and we’re excited for them to be our home opener.”
Holy Cross will play a pair of non-conference matchups at home against Bryant and Merrimack on Nov. 20 and 23, and then will hit the road for four straight games against Brown (Dec. 1), Rhode Island (Dec. 4), UMass Amherst (Dec. 8) and Sacred Heart (Dec. 12).
On Dec. 22, Holy Cross will host New Hampshire at 2 p.m. before Christmas break. Following the holiday, the Crusaders will fly to Florida for a pair of matchups at North Florida on Dec. 28 and at Stetson on Dec. 30.
Conference play will commence at Loyola (Md.) on Jan. 2, followed by a Jan. 4 contest at Navy.
Home Patriot League play will begin on Jan. 8 against Lafayette. Other Patriot League highlights include a home contest against reigning conference champion Bucknell on Jan. 11, a home game against American on Jan. 18 and Turnpike Trophy matchups against Boston University on the road on Jan. 25 and at home on Feb. 8.
The first round of the Patriot League Championship is scheduled for March 7, with the championship game set for March 15.
The Crusaders finished the 2018-19 season with an 18-13 record – their best mark since the 2013-14 season – and a 9-9 mark in Patriot League play, advancing to the conference semifinal. Holy Cross will return all five starters and 11 letterwinners in 2019-20, featuring three-time All-Patriot League selection Lauren Manis and 2018-19 Patriot League Rookie of the Year Avery LaBarbera.
To catch the Crusaders in action this year, be sure to purchase your season tickets now. Packages are available for the 2019-20 season starting as low as $45.
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