Highlighted by an early season home tournament featuring two members of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and 14 total games at Hammel Court, the Merrimack College Athletic Department is excited to unveil the full 2014-15 women’s basketball team schedule, as announced Thursday.
With bouts against six participants in the 2014 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament, including the reigning national champion, the Warriors will play 26 games in total, with more than half of those contests in North Andover.
“Our schedule this year is very exciting on a number of levels,” fourth-year head coach Monique LeBlanc noted. “Our non-conference schedule features a number of strong opponents, including two teams from last year’s NCAA East Regional. Additionally, we are hosting a Conference Challenge on opening weekend, which will allow us to play in front of our fans on back-to-back nights. As always, NE-10 Conference play will be nothing short of competitive and intense basketball. We’re looking forward to representing Merrimack College to our fullest capabilities on the court.”
Single-game tickets will be available for purchase online at this link, or by calling the Merrimack Athletics Box Office at 978-837-5324. Adult tickets cost $5, while youth/senior tickets cost $3. All tickets are general admission seating.
After an exhibition against Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) member St. Mary’s on Nov. 2, Merrimack plays host to CACC members Goldey-Beacom and Post on back-to-back nights the following weekend (Nov. 14-15), as the Warriors kick off the year with bouts against strong regional competitors.
Merrimack will stay home to open NE-10 play against perennial contender Stonehill the following Wednesday (Nov. 19) before its first road trip to Franklin Pierce three days later (Nov. 22). After a pre-Thanksgiving clash against Saint Anselm at home on Nov. 25, the Warriors then welcome NCAA Tournament participant LIU Post of the East Coast Conference (ECC) on Nov. 29 to round out the first month of the year.
Turning to December, the Warriors will travel to reigning league, regional and national champion Bentley on Dec. 3 before returning home to host Saint Michael’s nearly a week and a half later (Dec. 13). After Final Exams, Merrimack concludes the first half with a trip to Bloomfield (Dec. 19) and Nyack (Dec. 20) on back-to-back nights, the former of which competed in the NCAA Tournament last March.
After hosting Southern New Hampshire on Jan. 3 to herald in 2015, the Warriors turn their sights to cross-divisional action, playing their next eight games against members of the Southwest Division for the remainder of the month.
Finally, the Warriors’ last seven tilts – all in February – come as part of their second go-around against the Northeast Division, featuring home matches against Bentley (Feb. 10), Assumption (Feb. 14) and Franklin Pierce (Feb. 21).
The 2015 NE-10 Women’s Basketball Championship will feature the top-five seeds from each division and begins with first-round action on Friday, Feb. 27, at the site of higher seeds before the quarterfinal (March 1) round two days later.
The last four teams standing will square off in the semifinals on Thursday, March 5, before the highest seed remaining hosts the NE-10 Final on Sunday, March 8.