JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (August 22, 2016) – ETSU women’s basketball and fourth year head coach Brittney Ezell released the team’s 2016-17 schedule on Monday, an impressive slate that includes 15 home games and features visits from Old Dominion, Vanderbilt and the University of Tennessee.
“Non-conference scheduling is always a challenge,” Ezell said. “However, this year, we believe that we have put together a schedule that will not only challenge and prepare our team for SoCon play but a schedule that ETSU fans will be thrilled about seeing.”
The Bucs are on the road to open up the 2016 campaign with a trip to Indianapolis to meet the Butler Bulldogs for the first time in program history on November 11. ETSU then returns home for a showdown with the Tennessee Lady Vols on November 15 inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center. It’s the first time the Tennessee women have visited Johnson City since Jan.17, 1981.
The visit from the Lady Vols begins a three-game home stretch for ETSU with games against Winthrop (Nov.20) and rival Appalachian State (Nov. 23). ETSU will then hit the road once again for an early showdown against Northern Kentucky on Nov. 26. The Blue and Gold close out November by hosting Murray State (Nov.28) and traveling to Austin Peay (Nov.30).
December begins with the Bucs hosting Davidson on Dec.3 inside Brooks Gym. Last season, ETSU defeated Davidson 65-58 behind Tianna Tarter’s 26 points. Following the home contest will be a road trip to Buies Creek, N.C., for a match-up with Campbell on Dec.6.
For the first time since 2008, the Commodores of Vanderbilt will head to ETSU as the Bucs play host to their second SEC opponent of the 2016 campaign on Dec.8. It’s the first time since 1993 that ETSU has hosted two SEC opponents.
“Having two SEC opponents in Johnson City this year, along with Old Dominion, and traditional rival Appalachian State should make for exciting basketball in East Tennessee,” said Ezell.
After games against Tennessee Tech (Dec.11) and Elon (Dec.17), the Bucs head to the sunshine state during their holiday break to take part in the University of Miami Holiday Tournament, Dec. 19-20. The four team tournament includes the University of Miami, University of Maine and Coppin State University. ETSU begins the tournament on Monday, Dec.19 against Maine at 3:00 p.m.
ETSU finishes off the non-conference schedule with a home duel against Old Dominion on Dec.28. Last season, ETSU captured a signature victory on the road when the Bucs defeated the Lady Monarchs, 56-52, thanks in large part to a 14-2 run midway through the fourth quarter. The eight non-conference home games are the second most in program history, behind the nine played in 1993.
The Southern Conference schedule begins with three straight road contests beginning at Mercer (Jan.5) and at Samford (Jan.7). The road trip concludes with a trip to rival and four-time defending SoCon tournament champion Chattanooga on Jan.14.
Thursday, Jan.19 will be the first home SoCon game for the Bucs as they take on the Spartans of UNCG. Two days later, the Bucs return to the court to take on Western Carolina. In the last three years, the Bucs are 8-1 against UNCG and Western Carolina. After trips to Furman (Jan.26) and Wofford (Jan.28), the blue and gold will have five of their last seven games at home including a second three-game home stand of the season.
ETSU ends the season with home contests against Wofford on Feb.23 and Furman on Feb.25. The 2017 SoCon Tournament will be held in Asheville, N.C. at the U.S. Cellular Center, March 2-5.
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