NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team is unveiling a fierce 2015 schedule highlighted by a rematch with Tennessee hosted at Allen Arena.
“Our schedule does have a good balance,” said head coach Greg Brown. “It’s not so out of balance where you have so many of the top BCS teams that it’s a struggle from a competitor’s standpoint.
“I think we’re more mature, which makes the schedule better.”
The season will begin with two tune-up matches against Freed Hardeman on Oct. 30 and Berea College on Nov. 7.
Kicking off the regular season, the Purple and Gold will host Georgia Southern Nov. 14 and NCAA tournament team Wright State Nov. 16.
The team travels to Birmingham for the first away game of the year Nov. 19 taking on the UAB Blazers.
They journey back home Nov. 22 to battle with Tennessee State before heading back out to play Murray State on Nov. 25. Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the Lady Bisons take on Morehead Nov. 29.
Voyaging down the road, the Lady Bisons fight for the coveted Battle of the Boulevard honor Dec. 2 against Belmont.
Following the clash with Belmont will be a highly anticipated rematch hosted at Allen Arena against Tennessee Dec. 7.
“The Tennessee game is fun as a coach,” Brown said. “It does have a lot of significance and a lot of ties. I tell everyone that the two greatest influences outside my parents were Coach (Pat) Summitt and Coach (Don) Meyer so to be able to play Tennessee on the Don Meyer court is special to me.”
The team moves on to fight the Governors of Austin Peay on Dec. 13 in Clarksville before making their way back to the “Music City” hunting for victories as they host Jackson State Dec. 16 and Tennessee Tech Dec. 18.
Facing off with Xavier before the Christmas break, the group travels to Cincinnati on Dec. 20 to contest with the Musketeers. Stepping back into action after Christmas, the Purple and Gold vie with Georgia Tech in their first game of the Georgia Tech Holiday Tournament Dec. 29. They will battle the next opponent in the tournament Dec. 30.
“Georgia Tech is strong and athletic,” Brown said. “It’s great as we head in about 10 days before we start conference play so the timing of it was perfect for us.”
The Lady Bisons play their first game of the new year Jan. 5 as they host Trevecca in the last non-conference game of the season.
Conference play begins Jan. 10 as Lipscomb hosts Northern Kentucky before taking on the Spartans of USC Upstate Jan. 14 in Spartanburg.
“I think the Atlantic Sun will be a little different this year with two teams not being in it,” Brown said. “But it’ll give us some opportunities from a fan perspective to make some more games.”
The squad hosts Kennesaw State Jan. 17 before traveling to the Sunshine State for bouts with Jacksonville on Jan. 22 and North Florida Jan. 24.
The group returns to Allen Arena to host two-time NCAA tournament team Florida Gulf Coast Jan. 29 and Stetson Jan. 31.
Embarking on a three-game road trip, the Lady Bisons stop in Highland Heights for competition with Northern Kentucky Feb. 7. They venture on for battles in Florida with Stetson Feb. 12 in DeLand and Florida Gulf Coast Feb. 14 in Fort Myers.
The Lady Bisons play the next three games in Allen Arena. They host North Florida Feb. 19, Jacksonville Feb. 21, and USC Upstate Feb. 25.
The final game before the A-Sun tournament will see a clash in Kennesaw, Ga. as the team takes on Kennesaw State Feb. 28.
“To me it’s the best schedule we’ve had since we’ve been here as far as balancing BCS versus home games versus amount of travel and logistics,” Brown said. “As a staff you know every night you have a chance going into it.”