NASHVILLE – With the new season quickly approaching, head coach Greg Brown and his coaching staff have announced the schedule for the 2016-17 women’s basketball season.
After home exhibitions with Freed Hardeman and Rhodes College on Oct. 27 and Nov. 5, the Lady Bisons will kick off the regular season with an away matchup against Loyola (MD) on Nov. 11 followed immediately by back-to-back games against Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponents: Ole Miss on Nov. 13 and Alabama Nov. 17.
“We’re excited about both our home and away schedules,” Brown said. “Obviously, opening weekend is exciting for everyone. We’re traveling to Loyola (MD); that will give us a chance to see Washington D.C. for a day or so, which will be a unique experience.
“Speaking of unique experiences, getting to play an SEC schedule for a week with back-to-back games against Ole Miss and Alabama will be exciting. We saw women’s soccer do that just a few weeks ago, so that’s exciting to watch what that can do for you. It makes you prepare differently right off the bat.”
The Purple and Gold will be taking on Anderson University for the first regular season home matchup on Nov. 20 before facing a slew of familiar foes including several from the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC): at Murray State (Nov. 22), Charleston Southern (Nov. 26), at Belmont (Nov. 29), at Morehead State (Dec. 3), at Southeast Missouri State (Dec. 7), Tennessee State (Dec. 11), at Western Kentucky (Dec. 15), at Ball State (Dec. 18), and Tennessee Tech (Dec. 21).
The men’s and women’s teams will be facing Belmont on the same night, providing a similar atmosphere to previous Battle of the Boulevards when both teams shared the same conference.
“Facing the local OVC opponents is always fun, and there are great opportunities there,” Brown said. “Plus, Belmont is a doubleheader this year. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a true Battle of the Boulevard in the same night, so that will be a lot of fun for everyone around.”
Lipscomb will close out the non-conference schedule with a pair of home matches against Saint Louis (Dec. 29) and Princeton (Dec. 31).
“Over the break we have Tennessee Tech, Princeton, and Saint Louis coming in,” Brown said. “Princeton is on a great run. We think they are a program we like to model ourselves after. We’re both private schools. We both have quality education, and we both want to play at a high competitive level.”
Atlantic Sun Conference play will start with a homestead for the Lady Bisons as Kennesaw State (Jan. 7), FGCU (Jan. 14), and Stetson (Jan. 16) come to Nashville followed by three consecutive road matchups at North Florida (Jan. 21), Jacksonville (Jan. 23), and NJIT (Jan 28).
USC Upstate is the last ASUN opponent to appear on the schedule as they come to Allen Arena on Feb. 2 followed by NJIT on Feb. 4.
Another ASUN road stretch is set for Feb. 8 (USC Upstate), Feb. 11 (Stetson), and Feb. 13 (FGCU).
The final two home games of the regular season will take place on Feb. 18 and 20, respectively, against Jacksonville and North Florida, while the regular season will close out with a game at Kennesaw State on Feb. 25.