Women's basketball releases 2013-14 schedule

Junior Alicia Kimmel

The Pitt-Bradford women's basketball team released its 2013-14 schedule Monday with the Panthers opening the season Friday, Nov. 15, at the York College Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament against the host school.

The opening tournament is part of a beefed-up, non-conference schedule for Pitt-Bradford, which will be led by second-year coach Patrick Daniel and returns all five starters.

York won 20 games a year ago, reached as high as No. 11 in the Top 25 rankings-D3hoops.com and Women's Basketball Coaches Association - and won its own event. Pitt-Bradford will meet either Waynesburg or Bridgewater the following day.

The Panthers will host Keuka in their home opener Nov. 19, another 20-win team. The Storm edged the women 61-56 last year. Pitt-Bradford will travel to Grove City and entertain Houghton in late November before opening AMCC play Dec. 7 at Pitt-Greensburg.

A home contest against Penn State Altoona wraps up the pre-Christmas break schedule. The Panthers resume play Dec. 28, at the Otterbein Smokey Ballenger Classic. They will face Denison the opening day and meet the host school, an NCAA tournament from last year, the following day.

Conference plays resumes Jan. 4, against D'Youville and serves as a prelude to three-game homestand with matchups against Penn State Behrend and three-time AMCC champion La Roche.

Pitt-Bradford travels to Mt. Aloysius Jan. 18, in a rematch of last year's AMCC opening round tournament game. The Mounties upset the Panthers, ending their season for the second consecutive year. It's the start of a critical three-game stretch.

The women host Medaille two days later and travel to Behrend Jan. 23. Pitt-Greensburg visits the KOA Arena Feb. 1, and a trip to La Roche is on tap for the first weekend in February. Aloysius and Medaille highlight the final three games of the season.

Pitt-Bradford will be led by first-team all-AMCC performer Alicia Kimmel, who led the league in free throw shooting and ranked fourth in scoring last year with 17 points a game. Daniel was named co-Coach of the Year after leading the Panthers to a 15-10 record and a school record 13 AMCC wins.

Complete 2013-14 women's basketball schedule