BIG EAST Announces Repeat Opponents for 2011-12 Women's Basketball Season

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference has announced repeat opponents for the league's 16 women's basketball teams, while also determining the home/away league schedule for the 2011-12 season.

The format for league play is a 16-game schedule. Each team plays 16 conference games - seven opponents home only, seven opponents away only and one repeat opponent, home and away. Each member has a total of eight home and eight away games. The rationale in determining the repeat opponents is to provide additional television inventory, for competitive issues/RPI implications as well as geographic rivalries/minimizing travel costs.

Only three repeat opponent matchups from the 2010-11 season remained the same: Connecticut/Notre Dame, Pittsburgh/West Virginia and Providence/Villanova. DePaul and Louisville, which both reached the Sweet 16 in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, will play each other twice this season, as will local rivals Rutgers and St. John's.

"We are coming off a great season that showcased the continued growth and depth of our conference," said Danielle Donehew, BIG EAST Associate Commissioner for Women's Basketball. "There are several changes in our repeat opponent matchups this season, which we create by taking into account both competitive and geographic components."

The 2010-11 BIG EAST women's basketball season included a record-breaking nine teams in the NCAA Championship and one team in the WNIT. All 10 teams won their first-round games and the BIG EAST matched a record with 19 NCAA Tournament wins. Both Notre Dame and Connecticut reached the Final Four, with the Fighting Irish reaching the national title game. The success of BIG EAST women's basketball throughout the season was evident as the league had a consistent presence in the national polls and the RPI rankings. There was overwhelming depth in the league was 10 of the 16 teams broke the 20-win plateau.

For the sixth-straight season, the league posted a nonconference record in regular-season play of over .700. The league's home attendance figures continue to rise year-after-year with a combined 20 sellouts this season, a record for the conference. The BIG EAST again reached new heights in its national, regional and local television exposure.

With next season's start still months away, the future remains bright for BIG EAST women's basketball. In ESPN's 64 teams to watch in 2011-12, the sports network named eight BIG EAST teams: Notre Dame (No. 3), Connecticut (No. 6), Georgetown (No. 9), Louisville (No. 11), Rutgers (No. 17), DePaul (No. 19), St. John's (No. 25) and Syracuse (No. 30).

Below is the grid of the 2011-12 BIG EAST women's basketball home/away league opponents:

 

CINCINNATI

CONNECTICUT

DEPAUL

GEORGETOWN

Repeat

Marquette

Notre Dame

Louisville

Syracuse

 

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

 

Georgetown

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

DePaul

 

Louisville

Georgetown

Connecticut

Louisville

 

Notre Dame

Providence

Marquette

Notre Dame

 

Pittsburgh

Rutgers

Pittsburgh

Providence

 

St. John's

St. John's

St. John's

Rutgers

 

USF

USF

Syracuse

St. John's

 

West Virginia

West Virginia

Villanova

Seton Hall

 

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

 

Connecticut

DePaul

Georgetown

Cincinnati

 

DePaul

Louisville

Notre Dame

Connecticut

 

Providence

Marquette

Providence

Marquette

 

Rutgers

Pittsburgh

Rutgers

Pittsburgh

 

Seton Hall

Seton Hall

Seton Hall

USF

 

Syracuse

Syracuse

USF

Villanova

 

Villanova

Villanova

West Virginia

West Virginia

         
 

LOUISVILLE

MARQUETTE

NOTRE DAME

PITTSBURGH

Repeat

DePaul

Cincinnati

Connecticut

West Virginia

 

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

 

Connecticut

Connecticut

DePaul

Connecticut

 

Marquette

Georgetown

Marquette

Georgetown

 

Notre Dame

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Louisville

 

Providence

Providence

Providence

Rutgers

 

USF

Seton Hall

USF

St. John's

 

Syracuse

USF

Villanova

Seton Hall

 

Villanova

Villanova

West Virginia

Syracuse

 

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

 

Cincinnati

DePaul

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

 

Georgetown

Louisville

Georgetown

DePaul

 

Pittsburgh

Notre Dame

Louisville

Marquette

 

Rutgers

Rutgers

Rutgers

Notre Dame

 

St. John's

St. John's

St. John's

Providence

 

Seton Hall

Syracuse

Seton Hall

USF

 

West Virginia

West Virginia

Syracuse

Villanova

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROVIDENCE

RUTGERS

ST. JOHNS

SETON HALL

Repeat

Villanova

St. Johns

Rutgers

USF

 

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

 

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Louisville

Cincinnati

 

DePaul

DePaul

Marquette

Connecticut

 

Pittsburgh

Louisville

Notre Dame

DePaul

 

Rutgers

Marquette

Providence

Louisville

 

Seton Hall

Notre Dame

USF

Notre Dame

 

Syracuse

Syracuse

Villanova

St. Johns

 

West Virginia

Seton Hall

West Virginia

Syracuse

 

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

 

Connecticut

Connecticut

Cincinnati

Georgetown

 

Georgetown

Georgetown

Connecticut

Marquette

 

Louisville

Pittsburgh

DePaul

Pittsburgh

 

Marquette

Providence

Georgetown

Providence

 

Notre Dame

USF

Pittsburgh

Rutgers

 

St. John's

Villanova

Seton Hall

Villanova

 

USF

West Virginia

Syracuse

West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

USF

SYRACUSE

VILLANOVA

W. VIRGINIA

Repeat

Seton Hall

Georgetown

Providence

Pittsburgh

 

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

Home Games

 

DePaul

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

DePaul

 

Georgetown

Connecticut

Connecticut

Georgetown

 

Pittsburgh

Marquette

Georgetown

Louisville

 

Providence

Notre Dame

Pittsburgh

Marquette

 

Rutgers

St. John's

Rutgers

Rutgers

 

Villanova

USF

Seton Hall

Seton Hall

 

West Virginia

West Virginia

Syracuse

Villanova

 

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

Away Games

 

Cincinnati

DePaul

DePaul

Cincinnati

 

Connecticut

Louisville

Louisville

Connecticut

 

Louisville

Pittsburgh

Marquette

Notre Dame

 

Marquette

Providence

Notre Dame

Providence

 

Notre Dame

Rutgers

St. John's

St. John's

 

St. John's

Seton Hall

USF

USF

 

Syracuse

Villanova

West Virginia

Syracuse