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Big East Women to play 18 league games

Forward Da'Shena Stevens in an undated file photo.

Forward Da'Shena Stevens in an undated file photo. Credit: AP

The Big East announced beginning in the 2012-2013 season that the women’s basketball conference schedule will expand from the 16 to 18 games.

TCU is set to join the conference for the 2012-2013 season, giving the league 17 teams. The 18-game schedule as well as the conference play start date will be the same used by men’s basketball.

Each team will play 14 opponents once and two opponents twice. Repeat opponents will be determined by a number of factors, including matchups that could drive up TV ratings, games with serious RPI implications and geographic rivalries, which could help minimize travel costs.

“The change in the Conference schedule reflects the growth of BIG EAST women’s basketball,” Danielle Donehew, BIG EAST Associate Commissioner for Women’s Basketball said on the conference website. “As the league grows, we need to adapt in order to create the best presentation of our teams and to showcase the depth and talent of our league.”

The change in scheduling essentially means there will be more repeat matchups between the conference’s top teams. Connecticut is likely play perennially ranked teams like Rutgers, DePaul, Georgetown and St. John’s twice instead of once.

New York Sports