CHARLESTON, SC August 11, 2014 –Highlighted by five teams that participated in postseason play, including 2014 national champions Connecticut, College of Charleston women’s basketball has officially released its 2014 non-conference schedule as announced by first year head coach Candice M. Jackson on Monday.
“I’m excited about our non-conference schedule,” said Jackson. “It is purposely designed to get ready for a tough conference season. Competing against post-season teams early on gives us an opportunity to experience NCAA tournament type games in November and December and helps prepare us for what we are ultimately working towards – being in the field of 64.”
The Cougars open play with two home exhibition games, taking on Georgia Southern in a closed-door scrimmage on Saturday, Nov. 1, followed by a clash with USC Aiken on Thursday, Nov. 6, in a game that will be available to the public.
The season officially kicks off on Friday, Nov. 14 when the Cougars head to Kennesaw State to face the Owls in their opener for the second consecutive campaign. Last season, buoyed by a raucous home crowd, the Cougars downed Kennesaw 87-66 on John Kresse Court.
Next up for The College is the season home opener on Sunday, Nov. 16 against UNC Greensboro, with tip-off set for 2 p.m. The Cougars will be seeking redemption after falling to the Spartans in Greensboro last season, 64-56.
A tough road showdown against Conference USA opposition East Carolina awaits The College on Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Greenville, N.C. The Pirates are fresh off their 2013-14 campaign in which they finished 22-9 and earned themselves a berth in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).
An Atlantic-10 clash against George Mason on Sunday, Nov. 23 is next on the docket for the Cougars. In their only previous match-up, the Cougars overcame an 11-point second-half deficit last season to down the Colonials at TD Arena.
In what will certainly be their toughest game of the 2014-15 season, the Cougars square off against 2013-14 national champions UConn in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Showcase – one of the premier tournaments in the nation held in Estero, Fla. – on Friday, Nov. 28 at 8:30 p.m. at the Germain Arena. The game will be televised on SportsNet New York (SNY).
Guaranteed three games in the tournament, the Cougars will then face either Vanderbilt or Minnesota on Saturday, Nov. 29 before facing one of the remaining teams on Sunday, Nov. 30. Also playing in the showcase is Villanova, Wisconsin Green-Bay, Arizona State or Georgia Tech.
After taking two weeks off to focus on their academics, the Cougars then head back to the Sunshine State to face South Florida, in Tampa, on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Last season, the Cougars shocked the Bulls at TD Arena, winning 71-64 thanks to a dominant performance from rising sophomore Breanna Bolden.
The Cougars finally return home on Sunday, Dec. 21 to face Atlantic-Sun foe Mercer. Despite their youth (the Bears welcome eight freshman to their 2014-15 cast), the 2013-14 WNIT participants should provide a strong test for The College as they begin to gear up for conference play.
Two in-state opponents round out the Cougars non-conference action as the team heads to Orangeburg, S.C., on Sunday, Dec. 28 for a 4 p.m. match-up with South Carolina State, followed by a 2013-14 Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) rematch with USC Upstate at TD Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.
The Cougars return to the fray after a highly-successful 2013-14 season for the Cougars who won 19 games, finished third in the conference, defeated four post season teams from a year ago and advanced to the semifinals of both the CAA Championship and the WBI.
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