Women’s basketball schedule: The Vulcans start the year this weekend in Erie at Mercyhurst


Jeff Helsel

California University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team, Nov. 2021.

Matthew Kifer, Sports Information Director

The California University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball program released its schedule for the 2021-22 season.

The schedule features a total of 28 contests with 22 games mandated by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), including 16 contests against divisional opponents and six games versus crossover teams. The league features a balanced nine-team structure in both the Western and Eastern Divisions.

The Vulcans again open the year with a Conference Challenge against Mountain East Conference (MEC) programs with the event being hosted by Mercyhurst in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 13-14. Cal U starts the season against West Liberty before facing Charleston (W.Va.), which won the 2021 MEC Championship.

Cal U will play its first game at the Convocation Center since March 2019 when it hosts Fairmont State on Nov. 18 before facing Central State (Ohio) of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) at home on Nov. 22.

In December, the Vulcans begin PSAC Crossover action with a weekend road trip on Dec. 3-4 to Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg, which advanced to the semifinals of the 2020 PSAC Tournament. Cal U then travels to face Bowie State on Dec. 11 after the Bulldogs advanced to the finals of the 2020 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Tournament. The Vulcans close out the 2021 portion of its schedule with back-to-back home games against West Chester and Millersville on Dec. 18-19.

Cal U starts 2022 with a home crossover contest against Kutztown on Jan. 2 before opening PSAC West play against IUP, which earned the top seed in the Atlantic Region for the 2020 NCAA Tournament, on Jan. 5. The Vulcans then travel to face Pitt-Johnstown on Jan. 8 before playing their final crossover game of the season on Jan. 10 at Shepherd. Cal U hosts Slippery Rock on Jan. 12 before beginning a three-game road trip at Edinboro on Jan. 15. The Vulcans then play at Clarion on Jan. 19 and travel to face Mercyhurst on Jan. 22. Cal U closes the month of January with three games in a week, starting with home games versus 2020 PSAC Champion Gannon on Jan. 24 and Seton Hill on Jan. 26 before starting the second round of divisional play on Jan. 29 by traveling to Slippery Rock.

In February, Cal U plays Pitt-Johnstown at home on Feb. 2 before traveling to Salem for its final non-conference game of the year on Feb. 5. The Vulcans return to action on Feb. 9 at IUP before hosting Edinboro on Feb. 12. Cal U travels to nearby Seton Hill on Feb. 16 before playing consecutive home games against Clarion on Feb. 19 and Mercyhurst on Feb. 23. The Vulcans close the regular season with a road game against Gannon on Feb. 26.

The PSAC Tournament is slated to start on Feb. 28 with the top-six teams from each division qualifying for the event. The semifinals and finals of the tournament will hosted on March 5-6 at the top remaining seed from the Eastern Division.

Note, games, dates, locations and times are subject to change.