POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist Athletics Department recently released the non-conference portion of the 2013-14 women’s basketball schedule. The Red Foxes will play 10 games against non-conference opponents, with home dates that include power-conference programs Kentucky and Oklahoma.
"We feel that we have put together a schedule that will be quite demanding and will help to prepare us to defend our MAAC Title," said Marist head coach Brian Giorgis.
The Red Foxes will start the 2013-14 campaign on Friday, Nov. 8 when SEC powerhouse Kentucky visits Poughkeepsie. The Wildcats finished #8 in the final USA Today Coaches’ Poll following the 2012-13 season.
The Red Foxes will hit the road for the first time on Thursday, Nov. 14, traveling up I-87 to take on the University of Albany. The team will stay on the road on Sunday, Nov. 17, playing at Princeton.
The Red Foxes’ next four games will be a part of the inaugural Hall of Fame Challenge, hosted by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Marist will play three games on the campus of Ohio State on the weekend of Nov. 22-24. The Red Foxes will play their first game against Bowling Green on Friday, Nov. 22. In their only previous matchup, Marist defeated the Falcons 70-65. On Saturday, Marist will take on the host Buckeyes. The two teams have split their two previous matchups, with the Red Foxes win coming in the first round of their 2007 NCAA Tournament run to the Sweet 16. The trip to the Buckeye state will end with another neutral matchup with Old Dominion on Sunday, Nov. 24.
Marist will then conclude the tournament at the MassMutual Center, in Springfield, Mass., with a game against St. Bonaventure on Dec. 1.
Following a break for final exams, the Red Foxes will head to Boston University to take on the Terriers on Saturday, Dec. 14. Marist then returns home to play Northeastern at McCann Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Non-conference play wraps up on Saturday, Dec. 21 when the University of Oklahoma travels to the Hudson Valley. Coach Giorgis served as an assistant coach for Oklahoma’s Sherri Coale with Team USA during the 2013 World University Games.
The Red Foxes MAAC schedule will be announced at a later date.