Men's Basketball Schedule:
Women's Basketball Schedule:
The complete University of Vermont women's basketball schedule for the 2012-13
season was released on Tuesday. The Catamounts will play a 13-game
non-conference schedule against teams from 10 different leagues in addition to
the competitive America East slate of games.
The Catamounts will face four teams that earned berths to the postseason last year, including WNIT Champion Oklahoma State and NCAA participant Marist.
"We really like the balance of our schedule and what we feel it can do to prepare us for America East play," said Vermont head coach Lori Gear McBride. "There are some very challenging games on the schedule, which is exactly what we need. The travel is also a bit more manageable than in the previous two years."
UVM will host a pair of exhibition games against Northeast-10 opponents Saint Michael's on October 27 and Franklin Pierce on November 3.
Vermont opens the 2012-13 campaign at Marist, the defending MAAC Champions, on November 9 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. UVM will face Columbia in its home opener on November 11 at Patrick Gymnasium.
The Catamounts will travel to Jacksonville, Fla. for the Thanksgiving holiday and take on Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida on November 21 and 24, respectively.
UVM will host the 19th edition of the TD Bank Classic on November 30 and December 1 at Patrick Gymnasium. The 2012 field includes Drexel, Houston Baptist and Rhode Island.
Former UVM mentor Cathy Inglese is in her fourth season at the helm of Rhode Island. She coached at Vermont for seven seasons (1986-93) and this year marks the 20th anniversary of UVM's back-to-back undefeated seasons (1991-92 and 1992-93), which were directed by Inglese.
Drexel advanced to the second round of the WNIT after falling to Delaware in the CAA Championship game. Houston Baptist makes a return trip to Vermont after the Catamounts participated in and won the Husky Classic in Houston last season.
Vermont closes out the non-conference slate with four straight road games, including a trip to Oklahoma State on December 16 and Boston College on December 20.
The Catamounts will begin the America East portion of the schedule on January 2 hosting New Hampshire. Vermont closes out the league schedule with four of its final six games at Patrick Gym, including a matchup against Binghamton on "Senior Day" on February 27. UVM travels to Hartford for the regular season finale on March 2.
The America East Championship will take place at the University of Albany's SEFCU Arena March 8-10. The men's and women's championships will be held in a combined format for the fourth straight year. The women's championship game is tentatively set for March 16 at the site of the highest remaining seed.
Vermont finished the 2011-12 season with a 10-20 mark and returns its top five scorers from last season in 2012-13. Among the returning players are America East All-Defensive Team performer Shanai Heber and two America East All-Rookie selections in Tierra Shumpert and Niki Taylor.
The Catamounts will also add four newcomers, Kylie Atwood (Irasburg, Vt.), Sam Brenner (Nashua, N.H.), Kaylea Britton (Ulysses, Kan.) and Gracia Hutson (Wayzata, Minn.), to the program and redshirt sophomore Tonya Conley from Burlington, Vt. will be eligible to play following her transfer from Dayton.
The America East announced the 2013 league schedule today and the defending
champion Vermont Catamounts will open conference action on Wednesday, January 2
at New Hampshire. UVM will play its league home opener on Saturday, January 5
when it hosts Albany.
Other anticipated games include at Boston U on January 8, vs. Stony Brook on January 18, vs. Boston U on February 12 and a rematch of the America East Championship game on February 16 when the Catamounts travel to face the Seawolves. Vermont wraps up the regular season by hosting Hartford on March 3, while the America East Men's and Women's Basketball Championship will take place at the University at Albany's SEFCU Arena on March 7-10.
The men's and women's basketball championships will be held in a combined format for the fourth straight season. The men's title game will be held the following weekend on Saturday, March 16 at the site of the highest remaining seed.
Vermont won the America East Championship for the fifth time in the last 10 years when it knocked off top seed Stony Brook on the road last season. The Catamounts (24-12) advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they topped Lamar for only their second-ever NCAA victory, before falling to No. 1 North Carolina.
---University of Vermont Sports Information
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