Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate head women's basketball coach Tammy George has announced that the Spartans have scheduled 29 games, including 14 to be played at the G.B. Hodge Center, for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
The 2014-15 schedule consists of an assortment of opponents including three that played in the NCAA Tournament last season in Iowa, Iowa State and Florida Gulf Coast. Upstate has scheduled seven teams total from the Big Ten Conference, Southeastern Conference and Southern Conference as part of its 15-game non-conference schedule. The Spartans will also take part in 14 Atlantic Sun Conference matchups.
"We are excited about the 2014-15 season," stated George, who will be entering her 10th season with Upstate. "The first half of the season we will be tested early in Iowa, and then we will look to battle with some familiar opponents at home and on the road. Our conference boasts two very good teams in Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson, while the other teams continue to improve; so we have to be ready to compete every time we step on the court. It is the most important part of the schedule."
The Spartans open the season with four of their first six games on the road beginning Nov. 14 against Iowa. Upstate then travels to Iowa State on Nov. 16 before returning to the Hodge Center for its home opener against Converse Nov. 18. The month of November concludes with two road games at UNC Greensboro (Nov. 20) and South Carolina State (Nov. 25), and two at home against IPFW (Nov. 23) and Brevard College (Nov. 30).
Six contests are scheduled for December with three of them taking place in Spartanburg. The month starts with back-to-back road games at Alabama (Dec. 2) and Western Carolina (Dec. 6). The Spartans return to the Hodge Center for three straight games versus Maryland Eastern-Shore (Dec. 13), Morehead State (Dec. 17) and UNC Asheville (Dec. 21). Upstate will then head to Charleston on Dec. 30 to face College of Charleston in a rematch of last season's WBI Tournament game.
The Spartans conclude their non-conference schedule with a home game against Norfolk State (Jan. 3) and at Furman (Jan. 7). Upstate then opens A-Sun play Jan. 10 against Kennesaw State inside the Hodge Center. The remaining home games during January are Lipscomb (Jan. 14), Jacksonville (Jan. 29) and North Florida (Jan. 31). The Spartans will be on the road for three straight games with Northern Kentucky (Jan. 17), Florida Gulf Coast (Jan. 22) and Stetson (Jan. 24).
Upstate will spend a majority of February on the road as it is scheduled to play four of its seven games away from the Hodge Center beginning Feb. 7 at Kennesaw State. The Spartans also travel to North Florida (Feb. 12), Jacksonville (Feb. 14) and Lipscomb (Feb. 25). The home games include Stetson (Feb. 19), Florida Gulf Coast (Feb. 21) and the season-finale against Northern Kentucky (Feb. 28).
Upstate enjoyed one of its best seasons of the Division I era in 2013-14 as it posted a 17-15 overall record and 11-7 mark in the A-Sun, while earning its second bid in program history to the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) Tournament. The Spartans also advanced to the semifinals of the A-Sun Tournament for the first time in school history following a 76-66 victory over East Tennessee State.
Upstate returns nine letter winners from last season including all five starters. The Spartans have also brought in six newcomers consisting of four freshmen and two juniors.
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