BALTIMORE, Md. – Head coach Andrea Preston has announced her 2019-20 Goucher College women's basketball schedule. The schedule is highlighted by two tournaments and 10 games at the Decker Sports and Recreation Center.
The Gophers will open the season on the road at Gallaudet on November 11. Goucher leads the series 22-21, but it will be the first meeting in the series since 2013-14. The squad will open on the road for the first time in the Preston era and the first time since 2016-17.
"We play a nice mix of teams that will play varying styles which will definitely help us be prepared for the Landmark Conference season," said Preston. "We start out with a number of road games so we'll be tested early before getting to play here at Goucher in December. I am excited about the competitive level of our non-league schedule and feel that we will be ready for the second half of the season."
Goucher will stay on the road for the first five games of the season, which is the longest road trip to start the season for the team since it joined the Landmark Conference.
After the game in the nation's capital, the squad heads to Western Pennsylvania to participate in the Greg Richards Memorial Classic. The Gophers will open the two-day event against host Allegheny on November 15 and wrap up the event with Hiram on November 16. It will be the first meeting against both programs and the first time Preston will face Hiram at Goucher, a team she served as the head coach from 2007-14.
Returning to the Old Line state for road games at Hood on November 20 and at Notre Dame on November 26 for the team's last game in the month. It will be the 13th meeting against Hood and the 26th meeting against Notre Dame with the Gators holding a 13-12 edge in the matchup.
The Gophers will start the final month of 2019 with a four-game homestand. The team will make its home debut against St. Mary's in the 45th edition of the series and the first since 2006-07 on December 1.
Shenandoah comes to the Decker Sports and Recreation Center on December 4 for the 14th meeting in the series between the two teams.
Goucher will open conference play against Scranton, the defending league champions, for the second-straight season at home on December 7.
Closing out the four-game homestand will be Salisbury on December 15 in the 15th meeting in the series and first since 2017-18.
After the holiday, the Gophers will travel to participate in the Capital University Holiday Classic. Goucher will open up the two-day event against host Capital in the first meeting between the two teams in program history on December 28. Just like Hiram, Capital has a Preston connection after she served as an assistant coach for three seasons before coming to Baltimore. The Gophers wrap up the classic on December 29 in the second meeting against John Carroll and the first since 2006-07.
Goucher concludes the non-conference slate at Stevenson to start the New Year on January 6. It will be the seventh meeting in the all-time series and the first since the 2005-06 season.
Staying on the road, the Gophers will restart league at Susquehanna on January 11 before traveling to Elizabethtown on January 15.
"I think the biggest key to the Landmark Conference portion of the schedule is bringing it every night and finding consistency in our play," said Preston. "We have players with experience and the skills to have success. We'll need to show toughness and resiliency throughout, tough I am incredibly excited for the season ahead."
A month after its last game at the Decker Sports and Recreation Center, Goucher returns home to host Drew (January 18) and Juniata (January 22).
After a road game at Moravian on January 25, the Gophers come back to Baltimore to host Catholic (January 29) and Susquehanna (February 1).
The squad will play four of its final six contests on the road, starting at Juniata (February 5) and Drew (February 8). Elizabethtown (February 12) and Moravian (February 15) will be a part of the final regular season homestand before wrapping up the league slate at Catholic (February 19) and Scranton (February 22).
For all conference doubleheaders the men's basketball team will open the doubleheader at 2 p.m. and the women will follow at 4 p.m.
The Top-4 teams in the standings will play in the Landmark Conference semifinals on February 26 with the championship tilt scheduled for February 29.