JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 23, 2018) – ETSU women’s basketball head coach Brittney Ezell released the team’s 2018-19 schedule on Thursday. The schedule features 30 total games, one tournament, and 13 home games to be played inside Brooks Gym.
“Challenging but not intimidating…that’s how I would define our schedule,” shared head coach Brittney Ezell. “The 2018-2019 schedule is once again loaded with talented opponents who will stretch our players as well as our program in order for us to continue to grow. We are excited for the Herculean tasks on the road and especially for our trip to British Columbia, Canada to play the nation’s best in the Vancouver Showcase.”
ETSU Athletic Director Scott Carter said he shared Ezell’s excitement for the 2018-2019 schedule.
“I’m so excited about this schedule for our women’s basketball team, coaches, and fans.” Carter said. “The competition that our players will face throughout the season is outstanding and should prove to be extremely entertaining inside recently renovated Madison Brooks Gymnasium. Coach Ezell and her staff continue to do an excellent job of positioning our women’s basketball program and the ETSU brand on a national stage.
The Bucs open the 2018 campaign on the road against Cincinnati on Nov. 9. Last season the Bucs hosted the Bearcats in their season opener and rallied to an 87-77 win. From Cincinnati, ETSU will travel to East Lansing, Michigan to take on Big 10 opponent Michigan State. The Bucs also took on the Spartans last season, but fell 83-74 in an overtime battle.
Before returning home, ETSU will take on Radford on Nov. 15 for their education game. The game will begin at 11:00 a.m. This will be the 22nd meeting, as both teams last met in 2007.
The Bucs will host Troy University on Nov. 19 for their home opener. This will be the first time in program history that both teams will meet.
“We truly believe that Buc Nation is in for a great home schedule again this year,” Ezell said. “We hope that our fans continue to turn out in droves to enjoy the games, the incredible comradery with the Blue and Gold faithful and to experience the new upgrades in Madison Brooks Gymnasium as well.
“We are going to continue to prepare and compete at the highest level in order to remain consistent in providing the ETSU community with a team, a schedule and ultimately, a result that makes us all proud, wins championships and represents our University in a first class manner, year in and year out. Make no mistake. We are working towards March, the SoCon Championships and beyond.”
Immediately following the home opener, ETSU hits the road for the Vancouver Showcase in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Bucs open up the tournament with 2017 National Champion, South Carolina. The 2018 National Champs, Notre Dame are also featured in this tournament, along with Gonzaga, Rutgers, Drake, Oregon State, and Western Kentucky.
From Vancouver the team will travel directly to Mobile, Ala. to take on South Alabama on Nov. 26. This matchup will be another first-time opponent for the Bucs.
ETSU then returns to Johnson City to host three home games. The Bucs will host Appalachian State on Nov. 29, Houston on Dec. 1 and Liberty on Dec. 4. The Bucs defeated Appalachian State 70-57 on the road last season.
A quick road trip over the mountain occurs on Dec. 9 when the Bucs travel to play UNC Asheville. ETSU has only lost one game against the Bulldogs in their 19-game history.
The Bucs welcome North Carolina A&T on Dec. 13 before taking on two big time opponents on the road. Up first, is a trip to Pittsburg, Pa. to gear up for Duquesne. Following that road game, will be another visit to Thompson-Boling Arena with SEC matchup against the Lady Vols.
ETSU will return from the holiday break to host High Point on Dec. 29.
The Bucs will enjoy about two weeks of rest before kicking off Southern Conference play at Chattanooga on Jan. 12. Last season ETSU swept the Mocs for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
ETSU hosts Furman and Wofford to begin conference action at home on Jan. 16 and 19. Then they will take on their longest trip of the conference season when they travel to Samford and Mercer on Jan. 24 and 26.
The Bucs will conclude play in January after hosting UNCG on Jan. 31 and will welcome Western Carolina on Feb. 2.
Another rivalry game is set between the Bucs and Mocs on Feb. 9. ETSU will continue to play on the road with trips to Wofford and Furman the following week before returning home to welcome Mercer and Samford. Senior Day is set for Saturday, Feb. 23 against Samford.
ETSU will wrap up the regular season with a road trip to Western Carolina and UNCG ending on March 2.
The 2018 Southern Conference tournament is set for March 7-10 in Asheville, N.C.
All home games will be played in Brooks Gym. For more information about season tickets, please visit here.
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