Palacio Announces 2016-17 Women's Basketball Schedule

Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director

Courtesy Ron HilliardCourtesy Ron Hilliard

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic women’s basketball head coach Carlos Palacio has announced his schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 season. The Sailfish begin the season at home on Nov. 11 against the University Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras.

The Sailfish will play 14 of their 26 games inside Rubin Arena including hosting two classics during the year, on Nov. 11-12 the PBA Tip-Off Classic and on Dec. 18-19 the PBA Holiday Hoops Classic. PBA will play all nine Sunshine State Conference members as well as fellow provisional member Embry-Riddle twice, once at home and once on the road.

In addition to P.R. Rio Piedras, the Sailfish will play Auburn-Montgomery – a school transitioning from the NAIA ranks to D2 and the Gulf South Conference – in the opening weekend of play on Nov. 12.

Last year the Sailfish had success against the top teams in the SSC, splitting with Nova Southeastern who was the regular season champions and sweeping Tampa who won the 2016 SSC Tournament. PBA will get their chance to do the same thing again this year as they take on the Sharks in Davie on Nov. 16 in the first game of the SSC schedule. The Sharks make the return trip on Feb. 1. Tampa rolls into the Rubin on Nov. 30 before the ‘Fish travel across the state on Jan. 21.

The Sailfish get their first look at the 2016 South Region champions from Florida Southern on Dec. 3 at home before travelling to Lakeland on Feb. 4.

PBA will play their final home game on Feb. 22 against Embry-Riddle and will close out the season at Florida Tech on Feb. 25.

Palacio will also host a tournament in December as Shaw University and Bellarmine University travel to West Palm Beach on the 18th and 19th. The ‘Fish will only play two non-conference road games on the season, both at Nova Southeastern on Nov. 25-26. The Sailfish will take on Armstrong State and Valdosta State during those days.

For the first time the Sailfish will be eligible for the SSC postseason as they can qualify for the eight-team tournament that begins in March. PBA will not, however, be eligible for the regular season championship as a provisional member.

The complete schedule can be found here.

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