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August 29th, 2012

Army women’s basketball releases schedule

Black Knight head coach Dave Magarity talks with players during a time out against Bucknell last season. Army recently released its 2012-13 women’s basketball schedule. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.
WEST POINT - Army women’s basketball’s 29-game schedule for the 2012-13 season was announced on Monday and features a bevy of regional competition as well as a renewed rivalry with service academy foe Air Force. The Black Knights kick off their season at Wagner on November 9, 2012, with their first home contest slated for November 12th against St. Francis (NY).

Army will have the opportunity to play in front of its home crowd at Christl Arena on 14 occasions, including seven non-conference tilts in November and December. Prior to starting Patriot League play on January 12th against Bucknell, the Black Knights will face four teams apiece from the Northeast Conference and the Ivy League, as well as three from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). First-time opponents include Weber State (November 21st) and Morgan State (January 6th), with both games played on the road.

“Getting Air Force back on the schedule was a priority for us,” remarked seventh-year head coach Dave Magarity. “We had a few year hiatus from the series, so it’s definitely an attractive game.

“We’ve been able to renew some good rivalries,” Magarity continued, “especially with Rider and Brown. Overall I think it’s a very competitive schedule with the non-conference games helping to prepare us for the always challenging Patriot League calendar. We feel we have a great balance of regional teams, specifically with the cross-section of the Ivy League, and we’re excited to get under way.”

Following the games against the Seahawks and Terriers, the Black Knights will travel to regional foe Fairleigh Dickinson (November 15th) before hosting Pennsylvania on November 18th for one final game before the longest road trip of the season. Army will spend Thanksgiving week in the Mountain West region, beginning with the game against the Wildcats and followed by the first matchup with Air Force since 2009. The academies will battle for the coveted “Star” for the 15th time on November 23rd, on the Falcons’ home court at Clune Arena. The series is currently knotted at seven games apiece, with Army winning the two most recent showdowns.

The Black Knights will return to Christl Arena for back-to-back games against Ivy League foes Columbia (November 28th) and Yale (December 1st), before trips to local rivals Manhattan (December 4th) and Rider (December 7th). Army will host Loyola (MD) on December 10th and Division III opponent Merchant Marine (December 13th) before a two-week break for Term End Exams (TEEs) and the holidays.

The Black Knights will play their final non-conference home game on December 30th when Bryant comes to West Point, before concluding its non-league schedule with a pair of games at Brown (January 2nd) and Morgan State (January 6th).

After cracking the Patriot League schedule at home against the Bison on January 12th, Army will travel to Lafayette on January 16th, before hosting Navy (January 19th) for the first of two showdowns against the long-storied rivals. The Black Knights remain at home for back-to-back conference games for the only time all season when Colgate comes to West Point on January 23rd.

Army will then travel to American on January 26th, followed by a home date with Holy Cross on February 2nd. The first half of the Patriot League slate wraps up with a trip to Lehigh on February 2nd, followed by a trek to Bucknell (February 9th) for Army’s first of two sets of back-to-back conference road contests.

The Black Knights’ stay at home will be short lived as after they host Lafayette on February 13th, Army will once again hit the road to face Navy in Annapolis, Md., for the annual “Star” game on February 16th, followed by a drive to Hamilton, NY, to take on Colgate (February 20th).

Army will play two of its final three games at home, beginning with American on February 23rd. The Black Knights will face Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., on February 27th, before wrapping up the regular season at Christl Arena against Lehigh on March 2nd.

The postseason will begin on March 7th, with the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal games hosted by the top-four seeds. Semifinal contests are slated for March 11th, with the championship game and NCAA Tournament bid decided on March 16th. The title match is scheduled for 6 p.m., and will be aired on CBS Sports Network.

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