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BIG EAST Women's Basketball Moves To 18-Game Conference Schedule
All-America guard Skylar Diggins and her Notre Dame teammates will tackle an 18-game BIG EAST Conference schedule starting with the 2012-13 season.
 
All-America guard Skylar Diggins and her Notre Dame teammates will tackle an 18-game BIG EAST Conference schedule starting with the 2012-13 season.

July 7, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference has announced that the women's basketball conference schedule format will change from 16 games to 18 games, beginning in the 2012-13 season.

With TCU joining the league in 2012-13, the Conference will have 17 schools within one division. Each team will play 14 opponents once and two opponents twice. The calendar will expand for Conference play to allow for the additional league games. Both the Conference-play start date and 18-game schedule will mirror that of the schedule used by men's basketball.

"The change in the Conference schedule reflects the growth of BIG EAST women's basketball," said Danielle Donehew, BIG EAST Associate Commissioner for Women's Basketball. "As the league grows, we need to adapt in order to create the best presentation of our teams and to showcase the depth and talent of our league."

Repeat opponents will continue to be determined annually by the conference staff and will be chosen based on the following criteria: providing additional attractive television inventory, competitive issues/RPI implications and geographic rivalries as to minimize travel costs.

The conference had previously announced the 2011-12 matchups including repeat opponents. The 2011-12 format for league play is a 16-game schedule. Each team will play 16 conference games - seven opponents home, seven opponents away and one repeat opponent, home and away. Each member has a total of eight home and eight away games.

Notre Dame posted a 31-8 record in 2010-11, including a 13-3 conference mark that tied DePaul for second place in the BIG EAST standings. The Fighting Irish will return four starters and nine monogram winners from last year's NCAA national runner-up squad.

For more information on the Notre Dame women's basketball program, sign up to follow the Fighting Irish women's basketball Twitter pages (www.twitter.com/ndwbbsid or www.twitter.com/notredamewbb) or register for the Irish ALERT text-messaging system through the sidebar on the women's basketball page at UND.com.

 

 

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