July 22, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College women's basketball Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl released the Friars' 2014-15 non-conference schedule on Tuesday, July 22. The slate features five home games at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium and six road games. Four of Providence's 11 non-conference opponents advanced to post-season play in 2014, including NCAA Tournament participants Dayton and Florida Gulf Coast.
The Friars will open the 2014-15 season on Nov. 14 at the University of Richmond. Providence returns to Alumni Hall to host Brown in its 2014-15 home opener on Nov. 18.
On Nov. 20, Providence will travel to West Hartford, Conn. to face the University of Hartford. The Hawks advanced to the America East semifinal game last season. On Nov. 23, the Friars will host Virginia Tech. It will mark the first meeting between the two teams since 2004, which was the Hokies' final season in the BIG EAST Conference before moving to the ACC.
Providence follows with back-to-back road games vs. Atlantic-10 power Dayton University (Nov. 26) and in-state rival and NEC member Bryant (Nov. 30). Dayton, who is coached by former Providence College Head Coach Jim Jabir (1996-02), finished the 2013-14 season with a 23-6 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament First Round. Bryant, who is coached by former Friar great Mary Burke `87, advanced to the NEC semifinals and earned a post-season berth to the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI). Over the summer, the Bulldogs added former Friar Britt King `86 to the staff. King is the Friars' all-time leader in career rebounding (1,205), rebounds in a game (22) and rebounds in a season (398). Burke and King have each been inducted into the Providence College Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Friars will return to Alumni Hall to host back-to-back games vs. UMass Lowell (Dec. 6) and Rhode Island (Dec. 7). Last season, Providence defeated UMass Lowell 109-74 in Lowell, Mass. It marked the River Hawks' first game at the NCAA Division I level. Providence and URI will meet for the 46th time, with the Friars leading the all-time series 35-10. Providence is 2-0 versus URI under the direction of Robinson Fruchtl.
On Dec. 11, Providence will face Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla. It will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs. FGCU finished the 2013-14 season with a 26-8 overall record (17-1 Atlantic Sun) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament First Round.
Providence will host Duquesne in its final non-conference home game of the season on Dec. 21. The Dukes finished the 2013-14 campaign with a 20-13 mark and advanced to the WNIT.
The Friars close the non-conference schedule with a match-up against ACC foe Boston College on Dec. 28 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Tip-off times will be released at a later date and added to the schedule on www.Friars.com. The BIG EAST Conference schedule will be released in early September.
2014-15 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
14 Fri. at Richmond
18 Tues. BROWN
20 Thur. at Hartford
23 Sun. VIRGINIA TECH
26 Wed. at Dayton
30 Sun. at Bryant
6 Sat. UMASS LOWELL
7 Sun. RHODE ISLAND
11 Thur. at Florida Gulf Coast
21 Sun. DUQUESNE
28 Sun. at Boston College
All home games listed in BOLD CAPS