Aug. 25, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad released its 2016-17 non-conference schedule on Thursday. The Hoyas will play three home games and seven road contests including two games in the 2016 San Juan Shootout.
"I'm excited about this year's non-conference schedule. It proves to be competitive, all while preparing us to compete for a BIG EAST Championship and postseason play," said Georgetown Head Coach Natasha Adair. "We have renewed our local rivalry game versus neighboring A-10 champs George Washington. I'm always pleased to play local DMV programs as we travel to Towson and host George Mason in early December."
Georgetown will face five teams that advanced to the postseason in 2016.
The season tips off at McDonough Arena as the Hoyas host local-rival George Washington University on Friday, Nov. 11. The Colonials won the Atlantic 10 Conference last year, going 26-7 overall. The squad earned an NCAA Tournament berth, falling in the opening round to Kansas State, 56-51.
The Hoyas are 17-18 against GW. GU fell, 72-60, in a meeting in Adair's first season on the Hilltop. The last meeting at home was a 78-57 Hoya victory in 2013.
GU will then kick off a seven-game road swing beginning at Virginia Tech on Sunday, Nov. 13. The Hokies earned a WNIT berth last year going 18-14 overall. Georgetown is 3-4 all-time against Virginia Tech after 73-56 Hoya victory at McDonough Arena a season ago.
This will be followed by a trip to the University of Minnesota on Friday, Nov. 18. The Golden Gophers managed a record of 20-12 and earned a berth in the WNIT. Georgetown is 1-1 against Minnesota, and this will be the first meeting in the Twin Cities. The last meeting was a 60-57 Hoya loss during the 1999-2000 season.
A trip to Miami, Fla., will follow as the Blue & Gray faces Florida International University on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The Panthers were 5-26 a season ago. Georgetown is 2-0 all-time against FIU and 1-0 on the road. The last meeting was a 76-64 Hoya victory in 2001.
Straight from Miami, the Hoyas will head to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout over the Thanksgiving holiday. GU will face Wright State on Friday, Nov. 25 and Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 26. The tournament will be held at Mario Quijote Morales Coliseum.
The Raiders went to the WNIT in 2015-16 and finished the year with a mark of 24-11. This will be the first meeting between the squads. The Lady Lions were 12-19 last year overall and 6-12 in the Big 10. Georgetown is 1-5 all-time against Penn State with the last meeting coming at home in 2013.
The Hoyas will face a local rival on Wednesday, Nov. 20 traveling to Towson University. The Tigers went 7-24 last year. Georgetown downed Towson at McDonough Arena last year by a score of 82-46.
The road trip will close out at the University of Delaware on Sunday, Dec. 4. The Blue Hens were 16-15 last year and 10-8 in the CAA. The Blue & Gray is 3-3 against Delaware after winning at home, 61-50, a season ago.
Two home contests will highlight the end of the non-conference schedule. Georgetown will host George Mason on Thursday, Dec. 8 and then the University of Alabama on Sunday, Dec. 11.
The Hoyas downed the Patriots on the road last season by a score of 63-57. Georgetown fell at Alabama in 2015-16, 78-66.
"I'm looking forward to our matchups against ACC, SEC and Big 10 schools, we will face all of the high-major schools before Christmas," said Adair. "We will be road tested with seven out of 10 non-conference games on the road, and gain road toughness and discipline. I'm confident that our schedule will have us ready for BIG EAST and then postseason play."
Georgetown finished the season with a mark of 16-14 in Head Coach Natasha Adair's second season at the helm. The squad went 9-9 in conference play earning the fifth overall seed in the BIG EAST Tournament. GU earned a WNIT bid and fell in a heartbreaking 57-55 loss at Rutgers in the first round of the postseason tournament. The squad lost five seniors, but return All-BIG EAST honorees Dorothy Adomako (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) and Dionna White (Baltimore, Md./Milford Mill).