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Women's basketball announces non-conference schedule

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In addition to facing Notre Dame in the ACC B1G challenge, the 2014-2015 non-conference schedule has a heavy local flavor.

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Late Wednesday morning, the Maryland women's team released a schedule of 11 non-conference games for the upcoming 2014-1025 season. The Terps will face four of the same non-conference foes they faced last season and will match-up against former conference opponent Notre Dame as part of the Big Ten - ACC Challenge. Though considered a home game for the Fighting Irish, the game will actually be played in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The schedule has only two true road games.

Following two exhibition games, Maryland will open their slate when they host Mount St. Mary's at the Xfinity Center on Friday, November 14. Close on the heels of that contest, the Wagner Seahawks of the Northeast Conference will visit College Park on Sunday the sixteenth.

The Terps opened their 2013-2014 campaign traveling to Tampa to take on the South Florida Bulls coming away with a 78-70 win. The Bulls will return the favor when they come to College Park for a game on November 19.

Maryland's two true road games emphasize the local flavor. They will make the short trip to the Charles E. Smith Center to tackle the George Washington Colonials in a rematch of a game the Terps won 87-51 last season. The other true road game will also be a short trip up the road to Baltimore to play Coppin State on December 21 in their final game before opening their inaugural B1G season.

In other local matches, Loyola, Towson, and American are all coming to College Park. The Terps cruised to easy wins over Loyola and at Towson last season.

Rounding out the non-conference schedule Maryland will travel to Puerto Rico where the Terps will play two games in the San Juan Shootout. With perhaps a touch of irony, Maryland will travel a long way to face the James Madison Dukes in their first game in Puerto Rico. The Dukes finished 29-6 last season upsetting sixth seeded Gonzaga in their first round NCAA Tournament game before falling to third seeded Texas A & M. Maryland's other opponent in San Juan will be the Washington State Cougars. The Cougars finished 17-17 last season and were also .500 in Pac 12 play finishing with a 9-9 record.