CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East has announced the 2013-14 women's basketball conference slate, with each team set for a 16-game schedule, a home and away contest versus each of the right other teams in the league, including conference newcomer UMass Lowell.
Following a pair of games at the James Madison Tournament on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30, the Retrievers will open league play on their home court for the fourth time in the last five years, hosting Binghamton on Jan. 4. UMBC travels north to take on Maine on Jan. 8, before returning to the RAC Arena for its next two games, entertaining newbie UMass Lowell (Jan. 11) and New Hampshire (Jan. 15).
The Dawgs get back on the road for back-to-back games, before taking a Thursday off in late-January (Jan. 23). UMBC travels to Vermont on Jan. 18 and heads straight over to take on Stony Brook two days later on Jan. 20.
A UMBC basketball doubleheader at the RAC Arena will kick-off the Retrievers' Hall of Fame Induction Festivities on Saturday, Jan. 25. The black and gold will hop right back on the road for a matchup at the defending America East Champion, Albany on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
February opens inside the RAC Arena, with UMBC hosting Maine on the first of the month. The Retrievers travel back up to New England to battle New Hampshire (Feb. 6) and UMass Lowell (Feb. 8).
UMBC returns to Baltimore for its longest home stretch of the 2013-14 season, when it welcomes Albany (Feb. 11), Vermont (Feb. 15) and Stony Brook (Feb. 19).
The Retrievers wrap up the regular season on the road, with visits to Hartford (Feb. 22) and Binghamton (March 1).
The 2014 America East Men's and Women's Basketball Championship quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will return to Albany's SEFCU Arena for the second-straight year and will take place March 7-9. The 2014 women's championship game will also be played in Albany on Monday, March 10 and will be televised nationally.
Last season, UMBC was picked to finish sixth in the league, but closed out the regular season in a four-way tie (Vermont, New Hampshire and Stony Brook) for fourth place in the conference with a 6-10 league record.
The Retrievers return one starter and four letterwinners from a year ago and welcome nine starters.