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Courtesy: University of Pennsylvania
Women's Basketball Sets 2012-13 Schedule
Courtesy: Eric Dolan, associate director of athletic communications  
Release:  08/10/2012

2012-13 WBB Schedule

PHILADELPHIA - As has been custom under head coach Mike McLaughlin, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team announced another challenging schedule on Friday - one that includes a home opener against an ACC opponent and a tournament at the home of a Big 12 opponent in addition to the Big 5 and Ivy League slate.

"We have tremendous balance in our schedule this year," McLaughlin said. "In combination with the obvious challenge of the Big 5, along with Drexel, we play a variety of leagues, including two Patriot League schools, two Northeast Conference teams, an ACC opponent and potentially a Big 12 school, among others. That gives our schedule great strength, which is imperative in preparation for Ivy League play."

Penn opens the 2012-13 campaign at Norfolk State on Nov. 10 to mark the first-ever meeting between the Quakers and Spartans. Just two days later, the Red and Blue host the ACC's Virginia Cavaliers. 

"Virginia as a home opener for us is a great test right away," McLaughlin said. "Playing an ACC school at The Palestra should be an exciting start for us."

In fact, it will be the first-ever trip to the historic Palestra for the Cavaliers, who finished sixth in the ACC and reached the quarterfinals of the WNIT last season. Virginia has won the three previous meetings between the programs. The teams met just two seasons ago when the Quakers nearly pulled off a wild upset at John Paul Jones Arena.

The Quakers will then head to West Point, N.Y., to take on Army. The Nov. 18 matchup will be the third in as many seasons between these teams - the home team won each of the previous two, including Penn's 10-point victory last year.

On Nov. 30, the Quakers will open Big 5 play with a home game against La Salle, which is followed by the first matchup with Bucknell since 2000. The  Bison visit The Palestra on Dec. 3.

That marks Penn's only home game in the month of December. The Red and Blue visit St. Francis (N.Y.) on Dec. 5, LIU-Brooklyn on Dec. 9 and cross 33rd street to visit Drexel on Dec. 21.

Just before the New Year, the Quakers head to Iowa State where the Big 12 powerhouse will host its annual Cyclone Challenge. The Cyclones lost in the NCAA First Round last season. Air Force and Alabama State will join Penn as guests at the tournament, which runs Dec. 29-30. The Quakers have had just one all-time meeting with Air Force, a 60-42 win in 2001, have never played Alabama State and were recently toppled by Iowa State in Chicago in 2009. Matchups are to be determined.

The home crowd will get to see more of the Quakers when the calendar turns to 2013. But the schedule doesn't get easier with three home games against Big 5 opposition - Saint Joseph's (Jan. 5), Villanova (Jan. 16) and Temple (Jan. 26). The first-ever matchup with Morgan State (Jan. 8) is squeezed between those Atlantic-10 and Big East opponents.

The traditional Ivy opener will once again feature Penn and Princeton. The rivals open league play for the Ivies on Jan. 12 at Jadwin Gym. That is the first of five straight Ivy road games to start the 2013 Ivy campaign. The Quakers head through New York, Feb. 1-2 at Columbia and Cornell and then visit Yale (Feb. 8) and Brown (Feb. 9) - where they will try to duplicate a dramatic weekend sweep from a year ago.

The first Ivy weekend at The Palestra is Feb. 15-16 against Harvard and Dartmouth, respectively. The following weekend, the Quakers are visited by Cornell and Columbia.

Penn wraps up its road schedule with its longest Ivy trip of the year, March 1-2 at Harvard and Dartmouth, and then returns home for the final three games of the year against Brown (March 8), Yale (March 9) and the Ivy League's traditional season finale against Princeton (March 12).

The Quakers return 10 letterwinners and two-time Ivy League scoring champion, Alyssa Baron, from the 2011-12 squad that finished with the program's highest win total in seven years (13-15, 6-8 Ivy). In addition to the best start in school history, the 2011-12 Quakers opened 5-0 at home for the first time in eight years and set a program record with seven wins before the month of January. The Quakers also posted back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 2003-04 and 2004-05.

Date Opponent Location Time (EST) Results Media
  Sat, Nov 10  Norfolk State at Norfolk, Va.   4 p.m.

  Mon, Nov 12  Virginia The Palestra   7 p.m.

  Sun, Nov 18  Army at West Point, N.Y.   TBA

  Fri, Nov 30  La Salle The Palestra   TBA

  Mon, Dec 03  Bucknell The Palestra   7 p.m.

  Wed, Dec 05  St. Francis (NY) at Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.   7 p.m.

  Sun, Dec 09  LIU-Brooklyn at Brooklyn, N.Y.   2 p.m.

  Fri, Dec 21  Drexel at Philadelphia, Pa.   TBA

Iowa State Cyclone Challenge
  Sat, Dec 29  Alabama State at Ames, Iowa   TBA

  Sun, Dec 30  TBA at Ames, Iowa   TBA

  Sat, Jan 05  Saint Joseph's The Palestra   2 p.m.

  Tue, Jan 08  Morgan St. The Palestra   TBA

  Sat, Jan 12  Princeton * at Princeton, N.J.   TBA

  Wed, Jan 16  Villanova The Palestra   7 p.m.

  Sat, Jan 26  Temple The Palestra   2 p.m.

  Fri, Feb 01  Columbia * at New York, N.Y.   7 p.m.

  Sat, Feb 02  Cornell * at Ithaca, N.Y.   7 p.m.

  Fri, Feb 08  Yale * at New Haven, Conn.   7 p.m.

  Sat, Feb 09  Brown * at Providence, R.I.   7 p.m.

  Fri, Feb 15  Harvard * The Palestra   7 p.m.

  Sat, Feb 16  Dartmouth * The Palestra   7 p.m.

  Fri, Feb 22  Cornell * The Palestra   7 p.m.

  Sat, Feb 23  Columbia * The Palestra   7 p.m.

  Fri, Mar 01  Dartmouth * at Hanover, N.H.   7 p.m.

  Sat, Mar 02  Harvard * at Boston, Mass.   6 p.m.

  Fri, Mar 08  Brown * The Palestra   7 p.m.

  Sat, Mar 09  Yale * The Palestra   7 p.m.

  Tue, Mar 12  Princeton * The Palestra   TBA

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