BALTIMORE, Md. – UMBC head women's basketball coach Phil Stern has announced the Retrievers' 2016 non-conference schedule, which includes seven home games and the chance to face two NCAA tournament teams.
UMBC begins their schedule in New York as they take on Columbia on Friday, Nov. 11 in a rematch from last season, where the Lions narrowly defeated the Retrievers, 70-68 in overtime.
The Retrievers will return to Baltimore for a five-game home stand, starting on Sunday, Nov. 13 against Gettysburg College. UMBC then hosts local rivals Coppin State (Nov. 16), UMES (Nov. 19) and Towson (Nov. 22), which is something that excites Stern.
"Renewing our local rivalries is something that helps to promote the great women's basketball being played in the area," Stern said.
UMBC will cap off the home stretch when it welcomes Princeton on Sunday, Nov. 27 before heading to Washington, D.C. to face American to finish the month.
December begins with a trip to College Park for the first time since 2011, when the Retrievers tip off against Maryland on Sunday, Dec. 4. UMBC will then return home to play Morgan State (Dec. 7) and Loyola (Dec. 10) to finish its home schedule.
The final three games of non-conference play take the Retrievers back to the Big Apple, where they will face LIU for the first time since 2003 on Wednesday, Dec. 21. UMBC will wrap up December in Charlottesville, Va. as it faces Virginia (Dec. 28) and Liberty (Dec. 29).
Stern believes that this schedule will help to push his team before the America East slate begins.
"We are really challenging our veteran team with this year's schedule," Stern said. "Taking on teams like Maryland, Virginia and Princeton will test us early."
The 2016-17 season marks the Retrievers 14th season in the America East. UMBC lost just two seniors from last season and will return First Team All-Conference guard Taylor McCarley and Second Team All-Conference forward Pandora Wilson.
2016 UMBC Non-Conference Schedule
Fri. 11 at Columbia New York, N.Y. 2 p.m.
Sun. 13 Gettysburg RAC Arena 1 p.m.
Wed. 16 Coppin State RAC Arena 5 p.m.
Sat. 19 UMES RAC Arena 1 p.m.
Tues. 22 Towson RAC Arena 7 p.m.
Sun. 27 Princeton RAC Arena 1 p.m.
Wed. 30 at American Washington, D.C. 7 p.m.
Sun. 4 at Maryland College Park, Md. 2 p.m.
Wed. 7 Morgan State RAC Arena 7 p.m.
Sat. 10 Loyola RAC Arena 1 p.m.
Wed. 21 at LIU Brooklyn, N.Y. TBD
Wed. 28 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. 7 p.m.
Thur. 29 vs. Liberty Charlottesville, Va. 4:30 p.m.