EDISON, N.J. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has announced the women’s basketball league schedule for the 2013-14 season, a slate that features the most league games ever in a single season.
With the addition of Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University to the 11-team MAAC, each team will now play 20 conference games over a 10-week period. MAAC teams will continue to face each twice in the double round-robin format (“home-and-home”).
The league season culminates with the 2014 MAAC Championship, March 6-10, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA. However, “March Madness” gets off to an earlier start in the MAAC with five league games on Sunday, March 2, the final day of regular season competition.
The first game of the season will feature defending MAAC champion Marist College at newcomer Quinnipiac on Dec. 6. This match-up will feature two 2013 NCAA qualifiers. The contest will be the first of a TV doubleheader feature on ESPN3.
On Dec. 29, Pat Coyle makes her return to the MAAC when Saint Peter’s University visits newcomer Monmouth University in West Long Branch. Coyle, who has coached the N.Y. Liberty of the WNBA, was the head coach at former MAAC member Loyola from 1993-98.
On Jan. 5, a long-time rivalry will be rekindled when Rider University visits Monmouth. The two New Jersey schools are 45 miles apart. On the same day, another in-state battle that promises to become an outstanding rivalry in the MAAC is on the schedule for the first time when Quinnipiac will head to Fairfield University. Just 32 miles separate the two Connecticut schools.
Jan. 10 will be the first match-up between Iona College and Quinnipiac when the Bobcats head to New Rochelle to take on the Gaels. Their second meeting will be on Feb. 27 at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Marist College will host Iona on Jan. 13 in a rematch of last year’s MAAC Championship game. The two teams will also meet again during the final weekend of league play before the MAAC Championship on Mar. 2.
On Jan. 16, Siena College will visit Fairfield for the first time since the Saints’ upset win over the Stags in the quarterfinals of the 2013 MAAC Tournament.
A rivalry will renew when the Manhattan College Jaspers visit the Iona Gaels on Jan. 20. The two will meet again on Feb. 8 for the second time.
Canisius College and Niagara University square off in their annual “Battle of the Bridge,” on Jan. 29 and again on Feb. 7.
The MAAC welcomes four new head coaches to the league in Billi Godsey at Iona, Monmouth’s Jenny Palmateer, and Quinnipiac’s Tricia Frabbi. Another coach who is not new to the MAAC but makes her return to the league is Coyle, at Saint Peter’s.
The full 2013-14 television schedule will be announced on a later date with additional televised games.