RICHMOND, Va. – The Colonial Athletic Association released its 18-game women’s basketball league schedule for all 10 CAA teams on Wednesday, Sept. 2, for the 2015-16 season. Elon will face each team at home and on the road with the regular-season slate opening on Sunday, Jan. 3, and concluding on Wednesday, March 2.
The schedule will follow a Friday/Sunday format throughout the season. For the second consecutive year, five CAA women’s basketball games will be nationally televised with partner American Sports Network. Those games will be announced in conjunction with the conference’s basketball media day on Oct. 27. All games are available on Phoenix All-Access and CAA.tv throughout the season.
The Phoenix opens CAA play on the road at in-state opponent UNCW on Jan. 3 in Wilmington, N.C. Elon fell to the Seahawks in both regular-season games last season before defeating them in the quarterfinals of the CAA Championship, 60-48.
The maroon and gold hosts its first pair of conference games the following weekend in Alumni Gym, welcoming Hofstra on Friday, Jan. 8, and James Madison on Sunday, Jan. 10. The Phoenix split the series with the Pride a year ago and came just three points shy of knocking off top-seeded JMU in the tournament semifinals.
Elon travels for a game at Towson on Friday, Jan. 15, looking to make it three straight wins over the Tigers before closing the weekend at Drexel in Philadelphia on Sunday, Jan. 17.
The Phoenix faces long-time conference opponent College of Charleston at home on Friday, Jan. 22, and takes on UNCW for the second time in three weeks on Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Elon, N.C.
Elon closes out the month of January on the road at Northeastern and Hofstra on Friday, Jan. 29, and Sunday, Jan. 30, respectively. Both contests against the Huskies came down to the final seconds last year with Elon wining by three in overtime in Alumni Gym and by one point in the final minute in Boston.
The maroon and gold splits the first weekend in February with games at home and on the road. Elon hosts William & Mary in Elon on Friday, Feb. 5, before traveling to Newark, Del., to take on Delaware. The Phoenix won both contests against both the Tribe and Delaware last season.
The following weekend the Phoenix welcomes Towson and Northeastern to Alumni Gym for games on Friday, Feb. 12, and Sunday, Feb. 14. Elon makes the return trip to Charleston, S.C., for a match up against CofC on Friday, Feb. 19, before returning home to host the Dragons from Drexel on Sunday, Feb. 21.
The Phoenix plays its final home game of the regular season on Friday, Feb. 26, against Delaware. That game will mark senior night for the team’s five seniors – Autumn Carter, Jessica Farmer, Lauren Hudson, Josepha Mbouma and Nicole Razor.
The final two games of the conference slate come on the road at JMU and William & Mary. Elon plays in Harrisonburg, Va., on Sunday, Feb. 28, with its regular-season finale coming on Wednesday, March 2, in Williamsburg, Va.
The CAA Women’s Basketball Championship returns to the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., and will be held March 9 – 12. Comcast SportsNet will televise both semifinal contests on Friday, March 11, and the conference title game on Saturday, March 12.
All dates for CAA conference games are subject to change.
Date Opponent Location Time Sunday, Jan. 3 @ UNCW Wilmington, N.C. TBD Friday, Jan. 8 Hofstra Elon, N.C. TBD Sunday, Jan. 10 James Madison Elon, N.C. TBD Friday, Jan. 15 @ Towson Towson, Md. TBD Sunday, Jan. 17 @ Drexel Philadelphia TBD Friday, Jan. 22 College of Charleston Elon, N.C. TBD Tuesday, Jan. 26 UNCW Elon, N.C. TBD Friday, Jan. 29 @ Northeastern Boston TBD Sunday, Jan. 31 @ Hofstra Hempstead, N.Y. TBD Friday, Feb. 5 William & Mary Elon, N.C. TBD Sunday, Feb. 7 @ Delaware Newark, Del. TBD Friday, Feb. 12 Towson Elon, N.C. TBD Sunday, Feb. 14 Northeastern Elon, N.C. TBD Friday, Feb. 19 @ College of Charleston Charleston, S.C. TBD Sunday, Feb. 21 Drexel Elon, N.C. TBD Friday, Feb. 26 Delaware Elon, N.C. TBD Sunday, Feb. 28 @ James Madison Harrisonburg, Va. TBD Wednesday, March 2 @ William & Mary Williamsburg, Va. TBD Wednesday, March 9- CAA Championship Upper Marlboro, Md. TBD Saturday, March 12