Women’s Basketball Announces 2014-15 Non-Conference Schedule

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team has put together its most challenging non-conference schedule in program history for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Highlighted by the Hall of Fame Challenge and a match-up against last year's national runner-up Notre Dame, the Bobcats could potentially see eight teams that made national postseason appearances a year ago.

Out of the 11 non-conference games, the Bobcats will play six different teams that made the NCAA Tournament and another squad that was selected for the NIT field. Additionally, nine of those 11 teams had winning records and only four of the contests this season will be at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Quinnipiac, who earned 20 wins for the third straight season last year, opens the 2014-15 slate with back-to-back home games at the Bank. On Saturday, Nov. 15, Quinnipiac takes on Army which is followed by a game against Hampton on Tuesday, Nov. 18 – both opponents who made the NCAA Tournament a year ago. Army posted a 25-8 record and won the Patriot League Championship en route to a clash with Maryland in the first round of the big dance. Hampton defeated Coppin State in the MEAC Championship to improve to 28-7 before concluding the campaign with a loss to Michigan State.

After competing in the WNIT Preseason Tournament last year, Quinnipiac will make a second straight major in-season tournament appearance in the Hall of Fame Women's Challenge. The Hall of Fame Challenge, hosted by the Hall of Fame and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, is an annual women's exempt college basketball tournament featuring eight schools. The eight competing teams include: Harvard University, Quinnipiac University, Holy Cross, University of Notre Dame, Temple University, Georgetown University, University of Kansas and University of Alabama.

"It's an honor to be included in such a prestigious event," said Quinnipiac head coach Tricia Fabbri. "We look forward to playing at an iconic place in South Bend which Coach McGraw has shaped into one of the premier models of the sport. Moreover we look forward to playing at such an outstanding venue so close to home. Our players can't wait."

Quinnipiac's first action will take place on the campus of Notre Dame in South Bend. The Bobcats open the four-game invitational against Harvard University on Sunday, Nov. 23; then take on Holy Cross on Monday, Nov. 24; and complete the three-game set against national powerhouse Notre Dame on Tuesday, Nov. 25. The tournament concludes on Sunday, Nov. 30 with the remaining four games to be played at Mohegan Sun Arena. Quinnipiac drew Alabama for the finale.

Notre Dame finished as the runner-up in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, falling short to UConn in the national championship game. Quinnipiac took on Louisville last season in the WNIT Preseason Tournament, the Cardinals ranked No. 5 in the nation at the time. The clash with the Irish will likely mark a second straight season with a team ranked top-5 nationally on the schedule. In addition to Notre Dame, Quinnipiac takes on Harvard and Holy Cross – two 20-game winners in 2013-14. Alabama, another team in a Power-6 conference, went 14-16 in the SEC while advancing to the second round of the league tournament.

December brings five additional non-conference games, beginning with two home games on Dec. 15 and Dec. 17. Quinnipiac welcomes reigning America East Champion Albany to the Bank on Monday before taking on Drexel on Wednesday night. Quinnipiac improved to 1-1 all-time against the Great Danes last season when the Bobcats handed Albany a 21-point defeat up in New York. Quinnipiac then meets Drexel for the first time in program history. The Dragons went 15-16 last year, falling short in the CAA Semifinals.

After its annual clash with Hartford at Chase Family Arena on Sunday, Dec. 21, Quinnipiac wraps up the non-conference slate at the Hawk Classic on Sunday, Dec. 29 and Monday, Dec. 29. The Bobcats drew Saint Joseph's, an NCAA Tournament team from last year, in the first game, and will take on either Florida Gulf Coast or Cal State Northridge the next day. Both FGCU and CSU Northridge were in the NCAA field in 2014 as well. The tournament will be held at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia.

Quinnipiac Women's Basketball 2014-15 Schedule (Downloadable on iCalendar)

Date Opponent Location
Sat. 15 Army TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Tue. 18 Hampton TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Sun. 23 vs. Harvard @ Notre Dame (Hall of Fame) Purcell Pavilion - South Bend, Ind.
Mon. 24 vs. Holy Cross @ Nortre Dame (Hall of Fame) Purcell Pavilion - South Bend, Ind.
Tue. 25 vs. Notre Dame @ Notre Dame (Hall of Fame) Purcell Pavilion - South Bend, Ind.
Sun. 30 vs. Alabama (Hall of Fame) Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, Conn
Mon. 15 Albany TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Wed. 17 Drexel TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Sun. 21 at Hartford Chase Family Arena - West Hartford, Conn.
Sun. 28 at Saint Joseph's (Hawk Classic) Hagan Arena - Philadelphia, Pa.
Mon. 29 vs. FGCU / Cal State Northridge (Hawk Classic) Hagan Arena - Philadelphia, Pa.

Home Games In Bold To Be Played At The TD Bank Sports Center

Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the 2014-15 campaign can call the QU Ticket Office at 203-582-3905, visit the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com or make a trip to the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office.

Student-athletes, parents and fans can also download the QU Athletics schedules to your laptop and mobile devices for free by clicking in the iCalendar link at the bottom of each sport's homepage or the master schedule page. Please follow Quinnipiac Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@QUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates.