Stony Brook, N.Y. - A matchup with BIG EAST power Rutgers and five home games at Pritchard Gymnasium highlight the Stony Brook women's basketball 2012-13 non-conference schedule announced by second-year head coach Beth O'Boyleon Wednesday. The Seawolves will play four teams that advanced to postseason competition last season.
I'm very excited about the competiveness of the schedule we've put together for the upcoming season," O'Boyle said. "These [non-conference] games are important in order to prepare us for conference play. We're looking forward to the challenge and excited to get the season underway."
SB kicks off the season with two straight home games, opening against Rider on Friday, Nov. 9 before welcoming two-time defending Patriot League champion Navy to Pritchard two days later.
O'Boyle and the Seawolves then embark on a four-game road trip which includes matchups with Morgan State (Nov. 18), Robert Morris (Nov. 28) and Youngstown State (Nov. 30), all whom Stony Brook defeated last season.
Squeezed in the middle of the trip is a date with NJIT in Newark Nov. 25. Robert Morris went 18-14 and received an invitation to the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) in 2011-12.
Following the road trip, SB plays three of its next four games at home beginning with Sacred Heart on Dec. 4. The Pioneers won 25 games a season ago and also advanced to the WBI.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 11) and Saint Peter's (Dec. 15) then visit Pritchard following a short trip to the Bronx to take on Fordham (Dec. 8).
Stony Brook travels to Piscataway to face Rutgers for the first time in school history on Dec. 21. The Scarlet Knights went 22-10 last season and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 10th straight season.
The Seawolves conclude the non-conference schedule with a home date against Iona on Dec. 30.
The 16-game conference slate begins in January 2013, culminating in Albany with the America East Championship from March 8-10. The conference schedule will be released at a later date.
Ticket information for all 14 home games at Pritchard Gymnasium will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
2012-13 Stony Brook Women's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Fri. 9 RIDER 7 p.m.
Sun. 11 NAVY 6:30 p.m.
Sun. 18 at Morgan State 2 p.m.
Sun. 25 at NJIT 2 p.m.
Wed. 28 at Robert Morris TBA
Fri. 30 at Youngstown St. TBA
Tues. 4 SACRED HEART 7 p.m.
Sat. 8 at Fordham 2 p.m.
Tue. 11 FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 7 p.m.
Sat. 15 SAINT PETER'S 2 p.m.
Wed. 19 at St. Francis (N.Y.) 7 p.m.
Fri. 21 at Rutgers TBA
Sun. 30 IONA 2 p.m.