NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Highlighted by 15 home games to provide the Hammel Court faithful with plenty of Division I basketball, the Merrimack College women’s basketball program announced its 2019-20 schedule on Friday afternoon.
Single-game tickets have also been released for the upcoming season; general admission tickets with be $7 for the upcoming year. Faculty/staff, military, senior and youth (12U) tickets are sold at $5. Tickets can be purchased online via the link above or in-person on game day at Hammel Court.
“This is a really exciting time as we announce our inaugural Division 1 schedule. Each and every opponent will be new to us, which makes the anticipation even higher,” head coach Monique LeBlanc stated. “Our non-conference slate features a mix of games from some of the top basketball conferences such as the Big 10 and the Atlantic 10, while also cultivating local rivalries from the Ivy League, Patriot League, and America East.”
Merrimack plays a full Northeast Conference (NEC) schedule in 2019-20, but are not eligible for tournament play due to the College’s reclassification into Division I. The current academic year marks the first year of the four-year reclassification.
Leblanc added, “We know that the NEC is a very competitive conference that will be a battle every night. We feel that our non-league schedule will prepare us well for the rigors of NEC play and we are excited to meet our new conference competitors in January.”
Away game times will be posted once confirmed by the opposing school. All dates and times are subject to change, and games that are selected to be televised – which will be announced at a later date – could alter start times, as well.
- Merrimack’s first-ever game as a Division I program will occur on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the University of Massachusetts. The Warriors played the Minutemen recently in their Division II history, facing UMass Amherst just two years ago
- The Warriors’ first of six non-conference home contests and inaugural Division I contest on campus is set for Saturday, Nov. 9, against Lehigh University. Merrimack also welcomes New Hampshire (Nov. 16), Eastern Nazarene (No. 20), Fisher (Dec. 4), UMass Lowell (Dec. 21) and Vermont (Dec. 29) to Hammel Court for non-league games on campus
- In arguably the program’s most prominent non-conference trip, Merrimack visits Illinois on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Illini’s State Farm Center
- Merrimack also visits Dartmouth (Nov. 13) and Brown (Nov. 26) from the Ivy League and the College of Holy Cross (Nov. 23) – coached by former Merrimack boss Ann McInerney – of the Patriot League
- The program’s foray into Northeast Conference (NEC) play begins on Thursday, Jan. 2, at Sacred Heart. The team’s first NEC home game will be on Saturday, Jan. 4, when the Warriors welcome defending league champs Robert Morris to North Andover
- Other NEC visits to campus include Robert Morris (Jan. 4), Bryant (Jan. 8), Mount Saint Mary’s (Jan. 13), Fairleigh Dickinson (Jan. 27), Long Island University (Feb. 1), St. Francis Brooklyn (Feb. 3), Wagner (Feb. 15), Sacred Heart (Feb. 21) and Central Connecticut (Feb. 29)