JERSEY CITY, NJ – The Saint Peter's University women's basketball team has announced its complete schedule for the 2017-18 season. In total, the Peacocks will play in 29 contests, with 18 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) games.
The Peacocks open up their 2017-18 campaign with three games in six days from November 10-14. Saint Peter's will begin the season on the road for the second straight season when the team heads to South Orange to take on Seton Hall on November 10. The Peacocks last played the Pirates during the 2015-16 season. Two days later on November 12, the Peacocks hosts Lafayette in the home-opener. Like Seton Hall, the Peacocks played Lafayette last in 2015-16, falling to the Leopards by three points, 72-69. The Peacocks close out the six day stretch on November 14, with a short trip to LIU Brooklyn. The Peacocks have not played LIU Brooklyn since 2008-09. The squad comes back to New Jersey to face NJIT in Newark on November 19. The two New Jersey foes will be meeting for only the fifth time ever, with the teams knotted at 2-2.
The Saint Joseph's Thanksgiving Tournament in Philadelphia, PA will be the next destination for the Peacocks on November 25 and 26. The unit takes on Eastern Illinois on the 25th and Delaware on the 26th. Saint Peter's closes out November on the 30th in Jersey City at the Yanitelli Center for a contest against St. Francis Brooklyn. The Terriers edged the Peacocks 58-52, last season.
The women's basketball team will have a week off, before welcoming UMass Lowell on December 7. This will be the first meeting between the two programs. On December 10, the team will head to Massachusetts, to face UMass. The Peacocks and Minutewomen have not seen action against each other since November of 2001, when that Saint Peter's team knocked off UMass, 56-52 in overtime. The Peacocks return home on December 12 for a date with Yale of the Ivy League. Saint Peter's last faced Yale in 2015 at the Yanitelli Center, losing to that squad by eight points. The Peacocks close out non-conference action away at Fairleigh Dickinson on December 21. The Peacocks blew out FDU last season, 65-43, in Jersey City during the final home non-conference game of 2016-17.
In 2017-18, the MAAC will be returning to an 18-game league format for the first time since the 2012-13 season. The women's basketball team will open up MAAC play on the road at Manhattan on December 28. The Peacocks played the Jaspers in an eight day span last season, dropping both contests to Manhattan.
The Peacocks open the month of January with three games in a six-day period beginning with two home games. First, the Peacocks host hOURglass Rival, Rider on January 2, then the team welcomes Marist to the Yanitelli Center on January 4. The Peacocks lost both meetings with Rider, but only fell by one point on the road against the Broncs last season, losing 47-46 on a half court buzzer beater. Saint Peter's and Marist, the two most successful women's basketball programs in the MAAC (Marist has won 10 championships and Saint Peter's has won nine) split their series in 2016-17 with the road team winning both games. The Peacocks defeated Marist, 73-69, in Poughkeepsie last season, snapping a 15-year road drought to the Red Foxes. Marist went on to eliminate the Peacocks in the first round of the MAAC tournament.
The Peacocks close out the six-day stretch with the first of a three-game road stanza. Saint Peter's first visit hOURglass Rival, Monmouth on January 7. The Hawks got the better of the Peacocks in each meeting last year. Next, the Peacocks will head to Connecticut for a series with the two conference teams in the state. First the Peacocks are in Hamden to meet defending MAAC champion and NCAA sweep-16 qualifier, Quinnipiac on January 13. The Peacocks will then conclude the Connecticut trip in Fairfield County at Fairfield University on January 15.
Saint Peter's returns to Jersey City for the next three contests starting on January 18 with Canisius visiting New Jersey. The Peacocks lost both games in 2016-17 to the Golden Griffins by five points. Next, Niagara will be playing the Peacocks in the Yanitelli Center on January 20. The Peacocks routed the Purple Eagles, 78-66, in Jersey City last season. Finally, the Peacocks conclude the home stand on January 26 with a second meeting against rival Monmouth.
The next four out of five games will be played away from Jersey City for the women's team. On January 28, the Peacocks play at Iona. Then on February 1, the team plays home against Siena. After the one game at the Yanitelli Center, the Peacocks head to Western New York to face Niagara on February 3 and then Canisius on February 5. The Peacocks close out the stretch at hOURglass Rival, Rider on February 9.
The Peacocks close the regular season with three out of the final four games in Jersey City. First, the Peacocks clash with Iona on February 15. Next, the Peacocks welcome Fairfield on February 19. The final home game of 2018 will be played on February 23 against Manhattan. The Peacocks will conclude the regular season at Siena on February 25.
The Peacocks return to the Times Union Center in Albany, New York for the 2018 MAAC Championship, from March 1-5.
Times for all games will be announced at a later date.
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