Posted: 2:07 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
By Todd Carton
The long wait for women's basketball fans is finally over as the ACC released the full 2013-2014 schedule. The Terps will have at least ten televised games this season beginning with the big matchup when they host the defending national champion UConn Huskies on November 15 in a 7:00 pm tipoff on ESPNU. As expected, Maryland will be facing themselves in the ACC - Big Ten challenge. Just kidding, folks. The Terps will host Ohio State on the fourth of December.
The Terps will open ACC play on the road in Chapel Hill on January 5th where they will face the Tar Heels in another game scheduled for ESPNU. Maryland then returns to the Comcast Center for three consecutive home games that include ACC newcomer Syracuse. In a typically generous parting gesture, Syracuse is one of the two ACC oppopnents the Terps will face in a home and home series. The home schedule includes the other two newcomers to the league, Notre Dame in one of two ESPN2 Big Monday matches, and Pitt. Rounding out the home schedule are Maryland's traditional rivals - Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, and Virginia Tech.
Those fans wanting to see Maryland's final ACC regular season games against Carolina, Duke, or Viginia will have to take to the road to so. NC State, Miami, and Boston College round out the Terrapins sixteen game ACC slate. The game at Duke is the other Big Monday game for Maryland.
With the addition of Notre Dame to the ACC and their visit to Comcast, the Terps will face not only the defending champs but a Notre Dame team that has made three consecutive Final Four trips.
In local matchups, Maryland will take on Loyola and George Washington at the Comcast Center and will travel to Towson for an early season game. In a holiday tradition, the Terps will play in a tropical Thanksgiving weekend tournament. This year they will be in Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout.
In early preseason polls, Maryland is ranked fifth after finishing last season with a 26-8 record and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. The roster features two time ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas, the return of the "knee squad" - Laurin Mincy, Brene Moseley, and Essence Townsend and another top ten freshman class.