PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia University women's basketball coach Tom Shirley has announced the Rams' 28 game 2016-17 schedule Tuesday.
The Rams have nine games lined up in non-conference play, two against 2016 NCAA Tournament teams. Six of those games will be played on the road, while the other three—all against the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference—are set to be played in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia opens the season in Bridgeport, Conn. for a conference challenge against the East Coast Conference the weekend of Nov. 12-13. The Rams take on host Bridgeport in the first game of the season on the 12th and face Queens (N.Y.)—a NCAA Tournament team from last season—one day later.
During non-conference play, Philadelphia will also visit Lincoln (Pa.) (Nov. 19), West Chester (Dec. 8), Washington Adventist (Dec. 17) and Shippensburg (Dec. 28). West Chester will be the Rams' second opponent who reached the NCAA Tournament a season ago.
The Rams' home opener is slated for Nov. 22 against East Stroudsburg. Philadelphia returns to action after a brief Thanksgiving break to host Bloomsburg on Nov. 27. The final non-conference home game comes on Dec. 19 when Philadelphia takes on Kutztown in the Gallagher Center.
Philadelphia—the defending Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) champion—has 19 conference games on the schedule, 10 away and 9 home. The Rams will have a home-and-home against the southern division: Chestnut Hill, Georgian Court, Goldey-Beacom, Holy Family, University of the Sciences and Wilmington (Del.). In the seven games against the north, Philadelphia hosts Post, Dominican (N.Y.), and Caldwell, and travel to Bloomfield, Felician, Nyack and Concordia (N.Y.).
Conference play begins on Nov. 16 at Goldey-Beacom. The Rams' first home CACC clash comes on Dec. 1 against the University of Sciences.
Last year, Philadelphia had a 25-7 overall record, won the CACC title for the first time since 2009, and made the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in program history.
Bridgeport: Nov. 12 – Hubbell Gymnasium
The Rams will make their first trip to Bridgeport since Dec. 11, 2004—a 74-57 loss…The teams met for the first time in 11 years last November, a 62-51 Philadelphia win in the Gallagher Center…Philadelphia leads all time series 10-2
Queens: Nov. 13 – Hubbell Gymnasium
A pair of 2016 NCAA East Region Tournament teams will square off in Bridgeport…Last season, the teams met in the 2015-16 season opener, which Queens won 65-58 in the Gallagher Center…The Rams have won 32 of the 38 all-time meetings against the Knights.
Goldey-Beacom: Nov. 16 – Joseph West Jones Center and Feb. 1 – Gallagher Center
Last year, Philadelphia swept the regular season series against Goldey-Beacom for the first time since the 2008-09 season…The Rams are 8-3 against the Lightning in the Jones Center, but just 7-6 at home…Philadelphia has claimed four of the last six games in the series.
Lincoln (Pa.): November 19 – Manuel Rivero Gymnasium
After not being on the schedule last season, Lincoln returns and will host the Rams for the first time since the 2013-14 season…The Rams are 5-1 all-time against the Lions, 1-1 in Manuel Rivero Gymnasium…Philadelphia won the last meeting 90-77 on Dec. 9, 2014 in the Gallagher Center.
East Stroudsburg: Nov 22 – Gallagher Center
The Rams' 2016-17 home opener…Philadelphia and East Stroudsburg are meeting for the sixth straight season…The Rams have won the last two meetings against the Warriors in the Gallagher Center…The Rams lead the all-time series 12-8, 8-5 under Tom Shirley.
Bloomsburg: Nov. 27 – Gallagher Center
Philadelphia snapped a three-game losing streak to Bloomsburg with a 76-72 road win on Dec. 30, 2015…The Rams dropped their last two home games to the Huskies…Philadelphia leads the all-time series 10-9, 7-6 under Tom Shirley era.
University of the Sciences: Dec. 1 – Gallagher Center and Feb. 7 – Bobby Morgan Arena
The Rams have won six of the last eight games, including the last three contests, against the Devils…Philadelphia is on a four-game home winning streak…Last season, the Rams swept the series season for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign…The Rams leads the all-time series 21-5.
Wilmington (Del.): Dec. 3 – WU Athletics Complex and Feb. 21 – Gallagher Center
The second meeting with the Wildcats is the 2016-17 regular season finale…Philadelphia has won 15 straight games against Wilmington…The Rams lead the all-time series 21-5.
Georgian Court: Dec. 6 – Gallagher Center and Feb. 16 – GCU Wellness Center
Philadelphia has won seven in a row over Georgian Court…The Rams are 22-2 all-time against the Lions, 11-1 in the Gallagher Center…The Rams are on a seven-game home winning streak against the Lions.
West Chester: Dec. 8 – Hollinger Field House
The non-conference rivals are meeting for the 11th straight season with West Chester taking seven of the last 10 contests…Philadelphia is 2-10 under Tom Shirley in Hollinger Field House…The Rams' last win in the series came on Nov. 19, 2013, 90-87 in the Gallagher Center…Philadelphia leads the all-time series 18-16.
Chestnut Hill: Dec. 10 – Sorgenti Arena and Jan. 24 – Gallagher Center
Philadelphia swept the season series in 2015-16…The Rams are 10-0 all-time at home against the Griffins…Philadelphia leads the all-time 20-1 with Chestnut Hill's lone win coming on Feb. 10, 2015 in Sorgenti Arena.
Holy Family: Dec. 15 – Gallagher Center and Feb. 18 – Campus Center
The Rams have won three of the last four against the Tigers, including the first season sweep in program history in 2015-16…Philadelphia has won its last three regular season home games against Holy Family…Last season, the Rams won in Holy Family's Campus Center for the first time in program history.
Washington Adventist: Dec. 17 – The Pitt
After being off the schedule for two years, Washington Adventist returned to the schedule last season – a 76-45 Philadelphia victory in the Gallagher Center…The Rams will be making their second trip to The Pitt in program history…Philadelphia is 6-0 all-time against Washington Adventist.
Kutztown: Dec. 19 – Gallagher Center
Philadelphia and Kutztown are meeting for the first time since the 2014-15 season…The Golden Bears have won the last two contests against the Rams in the Gallagher Center…In the Tom Shirley era, Philadelphia is 9-3 against Kutztown.
Shippensburg: Dec. 28 – Heiges Field House
Philadelphia will make its first trip to Shippensburg since 2009…Tom Shirley's Rams are 0-5 against Shippensburg.
Bloomfield: Jan 4 – The Gym
This will be the only regular season meeting between the teams that played in last year's conference tournament final – which the Rams won 52-46…Philadelphia has lost its last six meetings with Bloomfield in The Gym. The Rams are 11-7 all-time against the Bears.
Felician: Jan. 7 – Job Gymnasium
Philadelphia has won five in a row against Felician, including two straight in Job Gym…The Rams are 11-2 all-time against the Golden Falcons…Philadelphia has won its last three games over Felician by 20+ points.
Post: Jan. 10 – Gallagher Center
The Rams are 13-0 all-time against the Eagles, 6-0 in the Gallagher Center…Nine of the 13 victories have been decided by double digits.
Nyack: Jan. 14 – Bowman Gymnasium
Philadelphia is a perfect 14-0 all-time against Nyack, including three victories last season…The Rams last eight victories against the Warriors have been in double figures, three coming at Nyack.
Dominican: Jan 28 – Gallagher Center
The Rams have won nine of the last 10 contests against the Chargers, including the last five…The five game winning streak is the longest in the series…Philadelphia is 7-2 in the Gallagher Center against Dominican.
Concordia (N.Y.): Feb. 4 – Meyer Athletic Center
Philadelphia is on a 12-game winning streak against Concordia dating back to 2004…Concordia's last win in the series came on Dec. 1 2004…The Rams are 35-2 all-time versus the Clippers, 14-2 at Concordia.
Caldwell: Feb.11 – Gallagher Center
Philadelphia has earned victories in each of the last four meetings with Caldwell, two coming in the CACC Tournament…The Rams are 11-8 all-time against the Cougars, 5-3 in the Gallagher Center…Philadelphia has won the last two meetings with Caldwell in the Gallagher Center.