The College of Staten Island women’s basketball team has almost two months to go before the opening of its training season, but the defending CUNYAC Regular Season Champions are taking the first step towards another stellar run with the installment of its 2014-15 season, released today.

Like a year ago, the revamped CUNYAC format will feature 16 contests against conference competition, and the Dolphins will save that run for the home stretch of the season, as CSI’s final 13 games will be against members of the CUNYAC.  Before that, the campaign starts with five straight against out-of-conference foes, including stops at the Rose Hill Tournament at Drew University, where CSI will face off against the College of St. Elizabeth in an opening draw, and a trip to Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania to participate in the Susquehanna Tournament the weekend of November 22-23.

CSI’s home opener will pit the Dolphins against Hunter College on November 25, in what will be a rematch of the CUNYAC semifinal tilt that Hunter was able to wrestle away at CCNY this past February.  Hunter went on to fall in the CUNYAC Final to Baruch College, whom the Dolphins entertain on December 9 at the Sports & Recreation Center.  After another conference test against John Jay College in December, CSI will travel to Massachusetts for its final pair of non-conference games as part of the Springfield College Naismith Classic, where CSI will lock horns with DeSales University to open play.  DeSales finished 20-7 a year ago.

From there, its all-CUNY for the Dolphins beginning with a showdown with Brooklyn College in what will be the sides’ first meeting since last year’s ECAC Metro NY/NJ Semifinal tilt.  CSI will finish with four of its final six games on the road, including stops at Brooklyn and Baruch.  The regular season will come to a halt on Senior Night, scheduled for February 17 against Lehman College.  The CUNYAC Tournament kicks off on February 21 with quarterfinal play at higher seeded institutions with semifinals and finals to be played at the City College of New York on February 24 and 27, respectively.

The Dolphins finalized at 21-8 a year ago, its finest finish since 2008, which also ended in a regular season title.  The team won a school record 14 conference games, culminating in semifinal appearances in both the CUNYAC and ECAC Metro NY/NJ Postseason Tournaments.

All CSI home games are FREE of charge and are PG CLUE Certified for all students.  A direct link to the schedule is available here.