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Loretto, PA --
The Saint Francis University women's basketball team announced its regular season schedule for the 2012-13 season, Friday.
“The schedule we have put together, non-conference wise, should really challenge our team and prepare them for Northeast Conference play,” head women's basketball coach Joe Haigh said. “NEC play is always tough and we have some very good teams in our league and I look forward to seeing how our squad measures up.”
SFU finished the 2011-12 season with a 14-16 overall record including an 11-7 mark in the Northeast Conference. The Red Flash fell in the first round of the NEC Tournament to the Colonials of Robert Morris. Following the season, Susan Robinson Fruchtl left the program for Providence College opening the door for Haigh. Expectations will be high in season one under Haigh as SFU returns its top scorers' Alli Williams (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) and Nickia Gibbs (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) as well as Alexa Hayward (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk), who earned All-NEC Rookie Team honors. The Flash will also receive a boast with the return of Brittany Lilley (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park), who, before missing the 2011-12 season with an injury, earned the 2011 NEC Tournament MVP award.
The Flash will host one preseason exhibition against McGill Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. before opening the regular season. SFU opens the season versus Howard inside DeGol Arena at the Maurice Stokes Athletic Center Nov. 9 with a 7 p.m. tip-off. Saint Francis travels to Bucknell Nov. 14 then returns home Nov. 18 to face Akron.
The Red Flash travel to play The Ohio State University Nov. 20, before heading to Kent State Nov. 28 to close out the first month of the season. The final non-conference home game will be versus St. Joseph's Dec. 1. SFU will be looking to avenge a 30-point defeat that they suffered at the hands of the Hawks in 2011-12.
In-state rival Duquesne welcomes the Red Flash Dec. 5 for a early 11 a.m. tipoff in Pittsburgh. The Flash travel to Colgate Dec. 8 for a 4 p.m. tip. Prior to taking Christmas break, SFU will travel to the Wright State Invitational presented by Holiday Inn. The tournament opens Dec. 19 with the Red Flash taking on Florida A&M and then a match up Dec. 21 with either Western Kentucky or the host Raiders.
The non-conference slate concludes with a match up against back-to-back national finalist Notre Dame in South Bend on New Years Eve. The meeting between the Irish and the Flash will be the first since Dec. 29, 2007 and just the second all-time meeting between the two programs.
Conference play kicks off the New Year, Jan. 5, as Bryant comes to DeGol Arena for a 1 p.m. tip. Central Connecticut State rounds out the short home stand for the Flash Jan. 7. SFU opens its road conference schedule Jan. 12 at Fairleigh Dickinson. After their meeting with the Knights, the Flash head to Monmouth and look to end a four game losing skid in West Long Branch, N.J.
Saint Francis opens its longest home stand of the season Jan. 19 against Quinnipiac at 1 p.m. The Flash then welcome defending conference champion Sacred Heart Jan. 21 for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Wagner comes to Loretto Jan. 26 for the only meeting between the two schools in 2012-13 for a 1 p.m. start. The four-game home stand concludes Jan. 28 when in-state conference foe Robert Morris comes to DeGol Arena.
The Flash return to the road Feb. 2 with a trip to Brooklyn to take on LIU Brooklyn followed by a meeting with the Terriers of St. Francis College Feb. 4. Mount St. Mary's comes to Loretto Feb. 9 for a 4 p.m. contest as SFU looks to extend its winning streak to seven against the Mount. The Flash then travel to Moon Township for their second meeting of the season with Keystone State rival Robert Morris Feb. 11.
The Red Flash then travel to Connecticut to take on Quinnipiac Feb.16 and Sacred Heart Feb. 18. SFU returns home for their final home stand of the season Feb. 23. Monmouth and SFU will clash on senior night Feb. 23 and Saint Francis will close its regular season home schedule Feb. 25 against Fairleigh Dickinson.
The 2012-13 regular season closes with the team's longest road trip of the season. Bryant will welcome the Flash March 2 for a 7 p.m. tip. The regular season concludes with a trip to Central Connecticut State March 4.