BOSTON, Mass. – Eight home games at the RAC Arena highlight UMBC women's basketball's America East conference schedule, as announced by the league on Wednesday.
Last season, the Retrievers finished third in the America East with a record of 8-8, and fell to Binghamton in the opening round of the conference tournament. UMBC made it to the postseason in the Women's Basketball Invitational, where the team hosted its first postseason game in program and defeated Fairfield, 61-49.
The Retrievers will open their conference schedule on the road against the Bearcats on Wednesday, Jan. 4 in Vestal, before heading to Maine on Saturday, Jan. 7.
UMBC returns to Baltimore to host matchups against Hartford on Wednesday, Jan. 11 and Vermont on Saturday, Jan. 14, before heading back on the road to take on five-time defending league champions Albany (Jan. 16).
After a week off, the Retrievers will return back to the RAC Arena as they welcome UMass Lowell (Jan. 22) and Stony Brook (Jan 25). UMBC will close out the first half of league play on the road with a trip to New Hampshire on Saturday, Jan. 28.
The Dawgs will open the second half of America East play at home in February against Binghamton (Feb. 1) and Maine (Feb 4.)
UMBC will head back out on the road to Connecticut to face Hartford (Feb. 9) before heading up to Vermont for a meeting with Catamounts on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Retrievers will come back home to host the Great Danes of Albany on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Two of UMBC's last three games will be on the road as the Dawgs head to UMass Lowell on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Stony Brook on Thursday, Feb. 23. The Retrievers will close out their season with Senior Day against New Hampshire on Sunday, Feb. 26.
The America East Women's Basketball Championship quarterfinals and semifinals will be at a neutral site for the first time ever, taking place at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine on March 4-5. The championship game would be played on March 10, hosted by the highest remaining seeds.
2016-17 UMBC Women's Basketball Schedule
Fri. 11 at Columbia New York, N.Y.
Sun. 13 Gettysburg RAC Arena
Sat. 19 UMES RAC Arena
Tues. 22 Towson RAC Arena
Sun. 27 Princeton RAC Arena
Wed. 30 at American Washington, D.C.
Sun. 4 at Maryland College Park, Md.
Wed. 7 Morgan State RAC Arena
Sat. 10 Loyola RAC Arena
Wed. 21 at LIU Brooklyn, N.Y.
Wed. 28 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va.
Thur. 29 vs. Liberty Charlottesville, Va.
Sat. 31 Coppin State RAC Arena
Wed. 4 at Binghamton* Vestal, N.Y.
Sat. 7 at Maine* Orono, Maine
Wed. 11 Hartford* RAC Arena
Sat. 14 Vermont* RAC Arena
Mon. 16 at Albany* Albany, N.Y.
Sun. 22 UMass Lowell* RAC Arena
Wed. 25 Stony Brook* RAC Arena
Sat. 28 at New Hampshire* Durham, N.H.
Wed. 1 Binghamton* RAC Arena
Sat. 4 Maine* RAC Arena
Thur. 9 at Hartford* West Hartford, Conn.
Sat. 11 at Vermont* Burlington, Vt.
Wed. 15 Albany* RAC Arena
Sat. 18 at UMass Lowell* Lowell, Mass.
Thu. 23 at Stony Brook* Stony Brook, N.Y.
Sun. 26 New Hampshire* RAC Arena