Aug. 27, 2012
2012-13 Basketball Schedule
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army women's basketball's 29-game schedule for the 2012-13 season was announced on Monday and features a bevy of regional competition as well as a renewed rivalry with service academy foe Air Force. The Black Knights kick off their season at Wagner on Nov. 9, with their first home contest slated for Nov. 12 against St. Francis (N.Y.).
Army will have the opportunity to play in front of its home crowd at Christl Arena on 14 occasions, including seven nonconference tilts in November and December. Prior to starting Patriot League play on Jan. 12 against Bucknell, the Black Knights will face four teams apiece from the Northeast Conference and the Ivy League, as well as three from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). First-time opponents include Weber State (Nov. 21) and Morgan State (Jan. 6), with both games played on the road.
"Getting Air Force back on the schedule was a priority for us," remarked seventh-year head coach Dave Magarity. "We had a few year hiatus from the series, so it's definitely an attractive game.
"We've been able to renew some good rivalries," Magarity continued, "especially with Rider and Brown. Overall I think it's a very competitive schedule with the nonconference games helping to prepare us for the always challenging Patriot League calendar. We feel we have a great balance of regional teams, specifically with the cross-section of the Ivy League, and we're excited to get under way."
Following the games against the Seahawks and Terriers, the Black Knights will travel to regional foe Fairleigh Dickinson (Nov. 15) before hosting Pennsylvania on Nov. 18 for one final game before the longest road trip of the season. Army will spend Thanksgiving week in the Mountain West region, beginning with the game against the Wildcats and followed by the first matchup with Air Force since 2009. The academies will battle for the coveted "Star" for the 15th time on Nov. 23, on the Falcons' home court at Clune Arena. The series is currently knotted at seven games apiece, with Army winning the two most recent showdowns.
The Black Knights will return to Christl Arena for back-to-back games against Ivy League foes Columbia (Nov. 28) and Yale (Dec. 1), before trips to local rivals Manhattan (Dec. 4) and Rider (Dec. 7). Army will host Loyola (Md.) on Dec. 10 and Division III opponent Merchant Marine (Dec. 13) before a two-week break for Term End Exams (TEEs) and the holidays.
Army will play its final nonconference home game on Dec. 30 when Bryant comes to West Point, before concluding its non-league schedule with a pair of games at Brown (Jan. 2) and Morgan State (Jan. 6).
After cracking the Patriot League schedule at home against the Bison on Jan. 12, Army will travel to Lafayette on Jan. 16, before hosting Navy (Jan. 19) for the first of two showdowns against the long-storied rivals. The Black Knights remain at home for back-to-back conference games for the only time all season when Colgate comes to West Point on Jan. 23.
Army will then travel to American on Jan. 26, followed by a home date with Holy Cross on Feb. 2. The first half of the Patriot League slate wraps up with a trip to Lehigh on Feb. 2, followed by a trek to Bucknell (Feb. 9) for Army's first of two sets of back-to-back conference road contests.
The Black Knights' stay at home will be short lived as after they host Lafayette on Feb. 13, Army will once again hit the road to face Navy in Annapolis, Md., for the annual "Star" game on Feb. 16, followed by a drive to Hamilton, N.Y., to take on Colgate (Feb. 20).
Army will play two of its final three games at home, beginning with American on Feb. 23. The Black Knights will face Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., on Feb. 27, before wrapping up the regular season at Christl Arena against Lehigh on March. 2.
The postseason will begin on March 7, with the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal games hosted by the top-four seeds. Semifinal contests are slated for March 11, with the championship game and NCAA Tournament bid decided on March 16. The title match is scheduled for 6 p.m., and will be aired on CBS Sports Network.