Two homestands highlight UMass women’s basketball nonconference schedule

  • The UMass women's basketball team will open the season Nov. 9 against Central Connecticut. COURTESY JAY CRAIN

Staff Writer
Published: 9/13/2021 5:29:24 PM

Two homestands highlight the UMass women’s basketball team’s non-conference schedule released Monday.

The Minutewomen will open the season Nov. 9 against Central Connecticut. The men’s team is also hosting UMBC that day, likely as part of a doubleheader.

Harvard visits the Mullins Center on Nov. 12 followed by Iona on Nov. 16.

UMass won’t return home until Dec. 1 against Fairfield, the first of three consecutive games in Amherst and four out of five.

UMass Lowell visits the Mullins Center on Dec. 5 followed by Boston College on Dec. 8. The Eagles won an overtime thriller in Chestnut Hill last year. Vermont closes the UMass home non-conference slate Nov. 19.

The Minutewomen will participate in one multi-team event: the Gulf Coast Showcase tournament from Nov. 26-28 at the Hertz Arena in Fort Myers, Fla. They open against 2021 NCAA Tournament qualifier South Dakota State on Nov. 26 then face either Kent State or UCLA, which reached the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament, the next day. UMass’ Nov. 28 opponent will be determined by other results in the event. The field also includes Iowa State, Charlotte, Penn State and St. John’s. The Minutewomen took down St. John’s at the buzzer in Amherst last season and beat Charlotte in the WNIT.

UMass has road dates with Holy Cross (Nov. 19), Providence (Nov. 23), Columbia (Nov. 11), Hartford (Dec. 22) and Dartmouth (Dec. 28).

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twtitter @kylegrbwsk.
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