Emmitsburg, Md. (August 31, 2017) – The Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball team announced its schedule for the 2017-18 season on Thursday, as the Mount enters its first season under Head Coach Maria Marchesano. The Mount's slate includes 12 home games, and its road schedule is highlighted by contests at Notre Dame, Xavier and Maryland.
The Mountaineers open the campaign on November 11 at perennial powerhouse Notre Dame, who closed out the 2016-17 campaign ranked No. 2 in the nation and reached the NCAA Elite 8. The two teams square off for the second time in series history and the first time since the Mount moved to Division I. The Mount won the only previous meeting, 57-44, back in 1981 at the Penn Holiday Tournament.
Following the matchup with Notre Dame, the Mount heads to Cincinnati for a contest against Xavier on November 14 as the two programs are set to meet for the first time.
The Mount returns back east and plays four more road games against Coppin State (Nov. 18), Fairfield (Nov. 21), Morgan State (Nov. 26) and Lehigh (Nov. 29), before hosting Loyola in the home opener (Dec. 2) in the series' 39th all-time meeting.
On December 6, the Mount heads to College Park for a matchup with Maryland, who was ranked No. 4 in the nation at the end of last season and made an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. The game marks the fourth meeting in the last six seasons between the two programs.
Mount St. Mary's closes out its non-conference slate with home contests against Rider (Dec. 9) and Gardner-Webb (Dec. 17), and a road matchup at Maryland-Eastern Shore (Dec. 19).
The Mount begins its 18-game Northeast Conference schedule at Central Connecticut on December 29.
The Mountaineers return nine players from last year's squad, including senior center Caroline Hummell, a 2017 All-Northeast Conference selection who led the team in scoring (10.3 ppg) and ranked second in rebounding (5.2 rpg). Point guard Ashlee White, who took over the starting role midway through last season and recorded double-figures in six of her final nine games, looks to follow up her strong freshman season that earned her NEC All-Rookie Team honors.
Click here for a breakdown of the Mount's 2017-18 opponents.