Thursday, July 31, 2008
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 31, 2008) - Coming off its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, head ETSU women's basketball coach Karen Kemp released what will be considered the toughest schedule to be played in Lady Buccaneer history this upcoming 2008-09 season.
The daunting schedule features seven teams who appeared in postseason play a year ago (four NCAAs, three WNIT); including three match-ups against perennial powerhouse SEC foes and a road trip to ACC country.
"This will be the toughest schedule any of my teams have faced in my 15 years here at ETSU," commented Kemp, who is looking to guide the Lady Bucs to a program-best fourth consecutive winning season.
Despite only playing two regular season home games in the 2008 portion of their schedule, the Lady Bucs made one of the contests an intriguing one as nationally ranked Vanderbilt visits Memorial Center for ETSU's home-opener on Friday, Nov. 21. Following the match-up with last season's 15th ranked team in the country, ETSU hosts former SoCon rival Appalachian State on Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Prior to the pair of home games the Lady Bucs begin the season on the road with a trip to
The month of December will keep the Lady Bucs away from
"We are really excited to host Vanderbilt," said Kemp. "In order to be the best you have to play the best, which is why we are taking on the likes of
From there, ETSU returns home and focuses most of its attention to conference play - with the exception of at
The conference returns to its original format in 2008-09, meaning all teams play each other twice. ETSU's A-Sun home opener will be Jan. 3 when the Lady Bucs host conference rival
Other notable conference road games include
Once again the Atlantic Sun Conference champion will be crowned in Lipscomb's Allen Arena. The four-day tournament begins on March 4 and both the men's and women's championship game will be played on March 7.
"Our goal every year is to win the conference and go to the NCAA Tournament," added Kemp. "We were fortunate to win both the regular season and conference tournament a year ago, and now after having a taste of victory we want to get back to the Big Dance and advance."
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