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XU women’s basketball schedule breakdown: Staff writer Adam Tortelli maps out the team’s rough 2013-14 schedule

By: Adam Tortelli

After an offseason move to the Big East, the women’s basketball team is in for an interesting season.

With powerhouses Connecticut and Notre Dame now in other conferences, teams such as DePaul and former conference player of the year Brittany Hyrnko are looking to assume the empty throne.

Xavier, Georgetown and Seton Hall will enter the season with new head coaches at the helm.

Both the Musketeers and the Hoyas were subject to their coaches resigning within the past month, leaving their programs scrambling as the season quickly approached.

After an exhibition game against Indianapolis on Nov. 3 at Cintas Center, Xavier will start the season on the road at Ohio University on Nov. 10 and then Michigan on Nov. 13.

The Musketeers will play in Cintas Center for the first time against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 17.

The Muskies will play host to Longwood on Nov. 21 before heading down to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Thanksgiving weekend Paradise Jam against Kansas, Central Michigan and preseason No. 2 Duke.

Four out of the next five games will be played at home after the holiday weekend tournament.

The Musketeers take on the University of Cincinnati on Dec. 21 at home in the annual Crosstown Classic.

Xavier’s official inauguration into the Big East conference begins with a trip to Chicago, Ill., taking on the DePaul Blue Demons on Jan. 1.

Xavier women’s team will then play its first home Big East game on Jan. 4 when St. John’s comes to Cintas Center.

Seniors will play in front of a home crowd for the last time on March 1 before officially finishing the regular season on March 4 at Seton Hall.

Big East teams will put postseason berths on the line in the conference tournament in New York City to finalize the season.