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Tribe women’s basketball releases 2020-21 nonconference sked

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Tribe Athletics)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Tribe Athletics)

William & Mary head women’s basketball coach Ed Swanson on Tuesday announced the Tribe’s 2020-21 nonconference schedule on Tuesday. The Green and Gold will play all six games inside the Commonwealth of Virginia, including a trio of home games.

W&M opens the 2020 season on the road at Old Dominion on Dec. 3. The Tribe and Monarchs meet for the 96th time, and while ODU leads the all-time series, the Green and Gold has won three of the last five meetings. Last season, the Monarchs finished with an overall record of 24-6 and were second in Conference USA at 14-4.

The Tribe hosts its first of three home games on Dec. 6 when it welcomes Richmond to Kaplan Arena. The oldest rivalry in school history, the teams meet for the 114th time and the sixth-straight season.

The Green and Gold will also host Navy (Dec. 13) and Liberty (Dec. 22) this season. The Tribe and Mids meet for the first time since 2012, while W&M squares off with the Flames for the first time in 15 years. Last season, Liberty won 20 games and finished second in the Atlantic Sun.

The Tribe also has in-state road games at Radford (Dec. 9) and Norfolk State (Dec. 20) on the slate. Both opponents finished second in their respectively leagues last season with the Highlanders going 15-5 in the Big South and the Spartans racking up a 12-4 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

On Oct. 14, the Colonial Athletic Association announced its league slate for the 2020‐21 season. The 18-game schedule was adjusted to limit travel and help ensure the health and safety of student‐athletes, coaches and staff. In lieu of a traditional, home‐and‐home round robin schedule, teams will play against the same opponent at the same site on consecutive days, primarily Saturdays and Sundays. W&M opens the CAA schedule at home against Hofstra on Jan. 2-3.

W&M has not made a determination regarding attendance at home basketball games. A decision is coming soon and will be based on state and local guidelines. With concerns over COVID-19 and the need for fluidity in the schedule throughout the 2020-21 season, stay tuned to and follow the Tribe on social media at @WMTribeWBB on TwitterInstagram and Facebook to stay up to date.

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Last season, W&M had arguably its best season in school history as the Tribe set the school record for overall wins (21), CAA wins (12), and road wins (11). W&M finished third in the CAA standings, which was its highest-ever seed in the CAA Tournament, as well as holding an RPI of 104 when the postseason was canceled over COVID-19 concerns.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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