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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 10:48 a.m.

Women’s basketball 2012-13 schedule released

Jonathan Tsipis at his introductory press conference. Hatchet File Photo.

The schedule for the 2012-13 A-10 women’s basketball season features a 14-game lineup in a field of 16 programs, meaning the Colonials will not face Temple in its final year in the league.

Unlike the men’s basketball schedule, which will switch to a 16-game format next season, each women’s program will skip playing one league opponent. GW will also not renew the annual home-and-home series with Richmond.

The Colonials will host four postseason teams next year, including defending regular-season champion St. Bonaventure and WNIT qualifiers Duquesne, Richmond and Saint Joseph’s. Rounding out the programs that will make a trip to the Smith Center are Rhode Island, Saint Louis and Butler.

“The entire Atlantic 10 slate will be challenging to say the least,” head women’s basketball coach Jonathan Tsipis said in a release. “While I’m sorry as a first-time head coach that we won’t get to face Temple before they leave for the Big East, I’m excited that our fans will be able to see St. Bonaventure, who went undefeated in the league last year, as well as welcome Butler and head coach Beth Couture to the Smith Center for the first time in the A-10. It’s an exciting time for GW women’s basketball, and we look forward to working hard to get ready for the season.”

The Colonials will travel to Charlotte, Dayton, Fordham, La Salle, Massachusetts, VCU and Xavier next season.

Dates and times for each game will be announced at a later date.