JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (August 21, 2015) – ETSU women’s basketball head coach Brittney Ezell released the 2015-16 schedule on Friday with challenging non-conference contests against perennial conference contenders Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and the University of Tennessee.
The 2015-16 schedule will feature a total of 29 games with 13 games at home. The Blue & Gold were dominant in their first year inside Brooks Gym compiling a 10-1 record. ETSU will be challenged early with eight of their first 12 games coming on the road.
The Bucs start off with an exhibition contest against Milligan on Nov. 7, before starting the 2015 campaign at home against UNC-Asheville on Nov.13 at 7 p.m. The Bucs then head to Winston-Salem, N.C. for a showdown with a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Wake Forest on Nov.15. It’s the first meeting between the two teams since 2008.
After a road contest against Appalachian State (Nov. 19) and a home contest against Brevard College (Nov. 21), ETSU embarks on a challenging five game road trip with stops against in-state foes Vanderbilt on Dec. 5 and nationally ranked Tennessee on Dec. 2. It’s the first time since 2010 the Bucs will meet the Volunteers with UT fresh off a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2014.
“We truly feel that we have a great mix of challenges and experiences in place for our non-conference schedule. We have some eye catching, marquee names on the schedule in Wake Forest, Tennessee and Vanderbilt but also have rekindled some rivalries with schools familiar to the Buccaneer faithful,” said Ezell.
Following the game against the Commodores the Bucs return home on Dec.13 at 2 p.m. against Armstrong State. Four of the final six non-conference games are at home. ETSU hosts Campbell on Dec.16 at 7 p.m. before taking on former SoCon rival Davidson on Dec. 18. They round out non-conference play against Austin Peay (Dec.21), Iona College (Dec. 29) and Lees McRae (Jan.3).
ETSU begins SoCon play on the road at Furman (Jan.7) and Wofford (Jan.9). The first home conference game will be on Jan.14 at 7 p.m. against UNCG followed by Western Carolina on Jan.16.
As January closes out, the Bucs will hit the road for contests against Samford (Jan.21) and Mercer (Jan. 23) before returning to campus to take on in-state rival Chattanooga inside Brooks Gym on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. A season ago, the Mocs defeated the Bucs, 61-56 in overtime of the SoCon Tournament Championship after ETSU rallied back from 24 points down.
Continuing the longest home stand of the season of three games, the Blue & Gold will host Wofford on Feb. 4 and Furman on Feb. 6.
“The Southern Conference schedule portion of our schedule will again be exciting from top to bottom and an entertaining brand of basketball for our fans to see,” said Ezell. “We need the Buccaneer Nation to help us continue to make Brooks Gym a formidable place to play and the loudest venue in the SoCon and with 13 home games in Johnson City, our fan support will be a huge factor in helping this young team grow in our daily process of improvement and in our mission of returning ETSU Women’s Basketball to the post season next year.”
Of the final five games, three are on the road as ETSU travels to Western Carolina (Feb.11) and UNCG (Feb. 13) before hosting the final home games of the season against Mercer on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. and Samford on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. The Bucs end the season at Chattanooga on Feb. 27.
“We are cautiously optimistic about the season and the potential of this group, but we are extremely excited to continue building our program one day, one workout, one practice, one game at a time,” said Ezell.
The 2016 SoCon Tournament will be held in Asheville, N.C., March 6 – 9. Sites of competition will be announced at a later date.
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