Richmond Times-Dispatch

Atlantic 10 announces modified women’s slate

Rams, Spiders will square off to begin league schedules

- BYWAYNE EPPS JR. wepps@timesdispa­tch.com (804) 649-6442 Twitter: @ wayneeppsj­r

The Atlantic 10 released its 2020-21 league women’s basketball schedule Thursday, with a pair of notable modificati­ons: Teams will play 18 league games this year and will have regional weekend pairings to reduce travel.

This year will mark the first time A-10 women’s hoops teams have ever played 18 league games, up from 16.

Also, teams will play in Friday-Sunday tandems to squeeze in two opponents per weekend. That’ll allow the road teams two games per road trip and the home teams a pair of matchups on campus.

“The 2020-21 season will offer new and distinctiv­e challenges with the COVID environmen­t,” A-10 senior associate commission­er Debbie Richardson said in a news release. “The 18-game, Friday-Sunday format provides a balanced schedule with the opportunit­y to ensure the safety of our teams and student-athletes.”

In examples of the travel pairings, VCU, the league’s preseason favorite, will play at Duquesne on Friday, Jan. 8, then at St. Bonaventur­e on Sunday, Jan. 10. Richmond, that same weekend, will play at St. Bonaventur­e on Jan. 8 and at Duquesne on Jan. 10.

The following weekend, VCU will host Massachuse­tts on Friday, Jan. 15, then host Rhode Island

“The 18- game, Friday-Sunday format provides a balanced schedule with the opportunit­y to ensure the safety of our teams and

student- athletes.”

A-10 senior associate comissione­r Debbie Richardson

on Sunday, Jan. 17. Richmond will host Rhode Island on Jan. 15 and UMass on Jan. 17.

The lion’s share of the league’s schedule will continue to be played on Fridays and Sundays, through the final day of regular-season play on Feb. 28.

The very first league game will come on Dec. 11: St. Bonaventur­e at Duquesne. VCU and Richmond will begin against each other at the Robins Center on Dec. 20.

The Spiders also released their seven-game nonconfere­nce schedule

Thursday, that will include games at Virginia Tech (Nov. 25), vs. Georgetown (Nov. 29), vs. GardnerWeb­b (Dec. 4), at William & Mary (Dec. 6), vs. St. Francis (Dec. 13), at Norfolk State (Dec. 17) and at Howard (Dec. 22).

VCU released a sevengame nonconfere­nce schedule on Wednesday.

VCU will host the A-10 tournament March 3-7 at the Siegel Center.

TV info for A-10 matchups will be announced at a later date.

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