PC Women will play a 20-game schedule in the Big East starting December 2

Providence College will open its Big East schedule with one of the toughest tests in women’s basketball.

The Brothers visit Connecticut on Dec. 2 to kick off their 20-game league slate. The 7 p.m. tip at the Gampel Pavilion will be collected nationally by SNY.

It was one of the highlights included in a Monday afternoon release. Providence will host Southern New Hampshire in an exhibition on Oct. 25 before hosting defending regular season champion Atlantic 10 Dayton in its season opener on Nov. 7.

The Brothers have a chance to claim a legitimate state championship in 2022-23. Providence visits the University of Rhode Island on Nov. 14 and will host Bryant as part of its Friar Thanksgiving Classic. The Friars complete the three-team circuit with a home date against Brown on Dec. 7.

The Huskies will be shorthanded through 2022-23 without outstanding guard Paige Bueckers. She suffered an ACL tear in her left knee during pre-season training and underwent surgery. Bueckers was limited to just 17 games last season as he recovered from a tibial plateau fracture in the same knee.

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Providence follows that date with Connecticut by facing Villanova in their home opener on Dec. 4. Tipping is set for 1 p.m. at Alumni Hall, the first of three consecutive games on campus. The Brothers play six out of seven in total at home from November 25 to December 10.

Providence is ready for three of the conference’s 44 games that will be televised nationally. The rematch against the Huskies on Feb. 1 will air on SNY. The brothers visit St. John’s on Dec. 18 in a game that will air on Fox Sports 1.

FS1 and FS2 will show the conference tournament, which is due to begin on March 3 at Mohegan Sun Arena. FloSports will broadcast the rest of Providence’s league games — these will be exclusively conference opponents for the Brothers starting with DePaul on Dec. 28.

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PC's Janai Crooms leads the Friars down the field in a game against the Connecticut Huskies last season.

Providence finished 11-19 overall last season, including 6-14 in the league. Cranston native Janai Crooms and freshman guard Kylee Sheppard both received conference playoff recognition. The brothers bring a pair of transfers in Iowa grad Logan Cook and Florida junior Brynn Farrell.

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2022-23 PC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Oct. 25 — Southern New Hampshire (exhibition), 7 p.m.

Nov. 7 — Dayton, 7 p.m.

November 11 – Stonehill, 7 p.m.

November 14 — at URI, 6 p.m.

November 17 — at Iona

November 20 – at Boston College

Nov. 25 – Hartford, 1 p.m.

Nov. 26 – Weber State, 3 p.m.

Nov. 27 – Bryant, 2 p.m.

December 2 – at Connecticut (SNY), 7 p.m.

December 4 – Villanova, 1 p.m.

December 7 – Brown, 7 p.m.

Dec. 10 — Central Connecticut, 1 p.m.

December 18 — at St. John’s (FS1)

December 20 — at Sacré-Coeur, 11 a.m.

December 28 – at DePaul

January 4 – at Creighton

Jan. 8 – Seton Hall, 1 p.m.

January 11 — Xavier, 11 a.m.

January 14 — at Marquette

January 18 – at Butler

Jan. 21 – Georgetown, 5 p.m.

Jan. 24 – Creighton, 7 p.m.

January 28 — at Xavier’s

Feb. 1 — Connecticut (SNY), 7 p.m.

February 4 – at Seton Hall

February 11 — Butler, 1 p.m.

February 15 — Marquette, 7 p.m.

February 18 – DePaul,

February 21 – at Georgetown

February 24 — at Villanova, 7 p.m.

Feb. 27 — St. John’s, 7 p.m.

March 3-6 – Big East Tournament (Mohegan Sun)

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