Sept. 17, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team and the BIG EAST Conference released the 2015-16 league schedule on Thursday afternoon. The Hoyas will have three games on national television being broadcast on FOX Sports 2 (FS2), and the remaining conference games will be available on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
Georgetown had previously released the non-conference schedule featuring three home games and seven road contests including two games in the 2015 Vermont Thanksgiving Tournament and facing two NCAA Tournament qualifiers.
The schedule format will remain the same as last year as conference games will be played on Fridays and Sundays with each institution having a travel partner.
The conference schedule tips off on the road at Xavier University on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. Two days later, GU will travel to Butler University for a 6:30 p.m., matchup on New Year’s Eve.
The Blue & Gray will then host Creighton University in the conference home opener on Jan. 3 at noon. This will be followed up with a game against Providence College on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m., at McDonough Arena.
The Hoyas will head out on the road on Jan. 8 for an 8 p.m. ET contest against last year's conference champs, the DePaul University Blue Demons, in Chicago, Ill. Sunday, Jan. 10 will mark GU’s first nationally-televised game as the Blue & Gray will play at Marquette University at 1 p.m. ET on FS2.
Georgetown will return home for weekend games against St. John’s University on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. and Seton Hall University on Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. The contest against the Pirates will also be broadcast live on FS2.
GU's bye comes late in January as the Hoyas travel to Villanova University on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m., after getting a break on Friday, Jan. 22. The Villanova game will be GU’s final of the three on FS2.
The contest against the Wildcats also begins a three-game road trip for the Blue & Gray as Georgetown travels to Providence on Jan. 29 and Creighton on Jan. 31. The game against the Friars is scheduled for 7 p.m., while the contest in Omaha, Neb., will tip at 2:05 p.m. ET.
The following weekend, Marquette and DePaul come to McDonough Arena for a 7 p.m., game on Feb. 5 and a noon game on Feb. 7.
The Hoyas’ final road trip of the season will be at Seton Hall and St. John’s as GU faces the Pirates on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m., and the Red Storm on Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.
This will set up a three-game homestand to finish out the season. Villanova will come to McDonough Arena on Feb. 21 following GU’s second bye of conference play. Tipoff is scheduled for noon. The final home weekend will feature Butler on Feb. 26 at 11 a.m., and Xavier on Feb. 28 at noon.
In all, the 25 regular-season games carried by FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 are 10 more than in 2014-15. All 10 BIG EAST teams will appear on at least three nationally-televised games during regular-season play across the FOX Sports family of networks, while an additional two games will be featured on CBS Sports Network.
For the first time since it launched in 2014, the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) will air all women’s basketball games during conference play that are not scheduled for a television broadcast. Select non-conference tilts will also be featured, more than doubling the BEDN broadcast total from a season ago, as at least 75 women’s basketball games are scheduled to air.
For the third-consecutive year, FS1 and FS2 will provide coverage of the BIG EAST Tournament, with this season’s event moving to McGrath-Phillips Arena at DePaul. FS2 will air the quarterfinal round on March 6, with games set for 1, 3:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. (ET). FS1 picks up the remainder of the tournament, with the semifinals on March 7 slated for 4 and 6:30 p.m., and the championship game set to tip off at 8 p.m. on March 8. The BIG EAST Digital Network will live stream both first round games on March 7, with tip times not yet determined.
The conference is in the third year of its multi-year contract with FOX Sports, which has exclusive television rights to all BIG EAST competitions. Through its first two seasons as a 10-team league, four women’s basketball teams have earned NCAA Championship berths, and nine teams have qualified for the WNIT since conference reconfiguration.