WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University head women's basketball coach Matt Donohue is looking forward to his teams 2019-20 schedule that includes 12 home games, three defending conference champions and the team's annual Jamie Lynn Roberts Classic.
"Each and every opponent that we play will present different challenges, so it's important for us to focus on each game as it comes and understand and embrace the challenge that each opponent presents," said Donohue.
The Cardinals open the season on Sunday, Nov. 10 at home against Anna Maria from Paxton, Massachussetts and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). The AMCATS finished 10-16 a year ago.
Following its season opener, Catholic begins a six-game road trip Nov. 15-16 when it travels to York, Pa., for the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The Cards will open the tournament on Friday against Kenyon from the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) who went 17-9 last season. The Cardinals will then face either the host Spartans or William Paterson on Saturday.
On Tuesday, Nov. 19, Catholic will travel to St. Mary's City, Md., renew its annual clash with St. Mary's in honor of Jamie Roberts before heading to Allentown, Pa., Nov. 22-23 for the Scott Wood Tournament hosted by Muhlenberg. The Cards take on Penn State Abington in the first game on Friday before facing the host Mules or Neumann on Saturday.
Catholic concludes its road trip on Tuesday, Nov. 26 against defending Centennial Conference champion Haverford. The Fords finished 22-7 a year ago after advancing to the second round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women' Basketball Championship. They have also posted a record of 29-7 at home over the last three seasons.
"I am excited for the schedule that we've put together this year," commented Donohue. "We are very fortunate to be playing a number of very talented teams in our non-conference schedule. The quality and strength of that schedule should go a long way toward preparing us for play in what will be a very competitive Landmark Conference schedule."
After an 11-day, six-game road trip, the Cardinals return home to the friendly confines of Franny Murray Court for a five-game homestand beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 3 against Salisbury. The Sea Gulls went 17-10 last season, falling in the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) tournament.
Catholic opens its 13th season in the Landmark Conference on Saturday, Dec. 7 against Drew. The Cards are aiming for their sixth appearance in the Landmark Conference title game since 2012 and fourth championship.
"The conference will again be deep and competitive," said Donohue. "There really was very little difference from team to team last year and very little room for error. Every team in the conference returns a great core of talented players and great deal of experience, so if you're looking for a night off in the Landmark Conference, you're not going to find one. This season should again prove to be a nightly battle to make it to the post season."
The Cardinals close out 2019 on Saturday, Dec. 14 with a non-conference contest against cross town rival Gallaudet. The Bison were 17-10 last season, advancing to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship game.
Catholic opens the new year at home with the Jamie Lynn Roberts Classic Jan. 4-5 where it welcomes King's (Pa.), Mary Washington and Marymount (Va.). The Cardinals face Mary Washington on Saturday before taking on loca rival Marymount on Sunday. The Saints finished 22-5 last season after capturing the inaugural Atlantic East Conference championship.
The Cards with 13 consecutive conference games beginning on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Moravian. The Greyhounds were 16-10 last season, falling to Scranton in the Landmark Conference semifinals.
Catholic travels to Juniata on Wednesday, Jan. 15 before opening a quick two-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 18 against rival Scranton. The Cardinals and Royals have combined to win the last eight conference championships and are the two winningest programs in league history. Scranton finished 29-3 last season after winning its Landmark Conference title and advancing to the national semifinals. The Cards posted a 59-50 victory over the Royals at home on Feb. 2, 2019.
Elizabethtown comes to Franny Murray Court on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The Blue Jays were 19-7 last season, falling to Scranton in the Landmark Conference championship game.
Catholic hits the road for games at Susquehanna and Goucher on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 29 before starting the second half of the conference schedule on Saturday, Feb. 1 against Moravian at home. The Cardinals return trips to Elizabethtown on Wednesday, Feb. 5 and Scranton on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Catholic finishes the regular season with three of its last four games at home, including three-straight against Juniata on Wednesday, Feb. 12, Susquehanna on Saturday, Feb. 15 for Senior Day and Goucher on Wednesday, Feb. 19.
The Cardinals close the regular season at Drew on Saturday, Feb. 22.
The Landmark Conference Women's Basketball Championship begins with the semifinals on Wednesday, Feb. 26 and concludes with the championship on Saturday, Feb. 29.
"I enter season 12 at the helm with tremendous excitement and energy for what we are capable of achieving," added Donohue. "This is a unique and dedicated group that has come together this year and I am excited to see where this journey takes us. This could be a fun ride moving forward if we can find a way to maintain our current mindset and focus on growing and getting better every day."