BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's basketball program and head coach Phil Stern have announced the team's 2013-14 non-conference schedule, which is highlighted by a pair of holiday tournaments.
"I'm excited to challenge our young team with a difficult non-conference schedule," Stern said. "Renewing our local rivalries is always great for women's basketball in the Baltimore area."
The Retrievers open their 13-game slate on Nov. 11 against Division III Eastern, as part of a UMBC doubleheader at the RAC Arena, with the Retriever men following in a contest against the Eagle men. The Dawgs waste no time traveling to cross-town rival Coppin State two days later (Nov. 13).
UMBC returns to its home court for back-to-back contests – its longest home stretch of the non-conference season – when it does battle with its second-straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent in the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore on Nov. 16. The RAC Arena will play host to its second doubleheader of the year on Nov. 20, starting with the women taking on American, followed by the men facing off with Loyola in the nightcap.
The Retrievers travel to Robert Morris on Nov. 23 to face the Colonials for the first time since 2003, followed by a Towson-UMBC basketball doubleheader at SECU Arena on Nov. 26.
The black and gold conclude November at the Navy Classic, where they will take on Rider (Nov. 29) and Brown (Nov. 30) in Annapolis, Md.
UMBC returns to its home court for the first time in two-and-a-half weeks, when it hosts VCU (Dec. 7) in its only home game of the month. The Retrievers travel to Bucknell on Dec. 10 before taking a break for finals.
After a 10-day hiatus, UMBC returns to action in a battle with long-time rival Loyola on Dec. 21.The Dawgs wrap up the non-conference campaign and 2013 with a pair of contests at the James Madison Tournament (Nov. 29-30).
2013 UMBC Non-Conference Schedule Notes
Mon. 11 vs. Eastern Second Meeting, first a 78-40 UMBC victory in 2012
Wed. 13 at Coppin State UMBC won an 83-75 overtime contest in 2012
Sat. 16 vs. UMES UMBC 5-0 vs. UMES at home
Wed. 20 vs. American UMBC dropped last two
Sat. 23 at Robert Morris First meeting since 2003 in NEC
Tue. 26 at Towson UMBC won three of last five
Fri. 29 vs. Rider ^ UMBC leads all-time series, 6-2, last meeting 2008
Sat. 30 vs. Brown ^ UMBC leads 2-0, last meeting 2010
Sat. 7 vs. VCU Second meeting since 2001
Tue. 10 at Bucknell UMBC won three of last four
Sat. 21 at Loyola UMBC won two of last three
Sun. 29 James Madison Tournament
Mon. 30 James Madison Tournament