Clarksville, TN – Thirteen home games will dot Austin Peay State University women’s basketball schedule in 2013-14, head coach Carrie Daniels announced July 15th.
With a roster dominated by underclassmen – 11 of the 15 Lady Govs are freshmen or sophomores – Daniels set out to prepare a non-conference schedule that will provide opportunities for wins while also testing her team.In that regard, she has scheduled six games against teams that posted no better than a .500 record last season. However, Daniels also has seven non-conference opponents that posted a winning record in 2012-13.
“I always strive for balance when I’m preparing our schedule each season,” said Daniels. “I believe this season’s schedule is probably the most balanced in terms of opponents across the spectrum of competition. Being a young team, we won’t be able to overlook anyone, but if we improve as the season goes along I believe we will be able to compete throughout the schedule.”
The Lady Govs 2013-14 slate begins with a home exhibition contest against Martin Methodist, November 3rd. Six days later the regular-season slate starts with a contest at Western Kentucky, the first meeting between the two teams since the 2005-06 season.
It also is APSU’s lone game against a team with a winning record in the season’s first month. APSU’s season-opening two-game road trip continues with a Nov. 12th contest at Southern Illinois.
Austin Peay will conclude November with three home contests in a four-game span. The Lady Govs host Arkansas State (November 15th), Evansville (November 23rd) and Central Arkansas (November 30th) with a November 18th matchup against Lipscomb breaking up the stretch.
December’s arrival will mark the beginning of the Lady Govs toughest stretch of games as four of APSU’s opponents during the month reached last season’s NCAA Tournament.
Two of those teams will visit the Dunn Center – Middle Tennessee (December 4th) and Chattanooga (December 18th) – while the Lady Govs will visit 2012-13 national runner-up Louisville (December 14th) and Wichita State (December 21st).
In addition, the Lady Govs will travel to new Big East member Xavier (December 7th) and Southeastern Conference foe Mississippi (December 30th).
The contest against Wichita State is the opener of the WSU Christmas Classic, Austin Peay’s lone in-season tournament. The Lady Govs also will square off against Nebraska-Omaha, a program in the second year of a move from Division II to Division I.
“Our non-conference slate seems to get off to a quiet start but there are dangerous opponents in that first month,” said Daniels. “I’m sure the bulk of attention will be paid to who we play in December, particularly with a trip to Louisville, which made an incredible run in the tournament last season. I’m looking forward to seeing how this team will step up to the challenge of this schedule.”
The Ohio Valley Conference slate begins as the calendar rolls over to 2014. The upcoming season’s slate is a mirror image of last season’s schedule and will begin with home contests against Southeast Missouri (January 4th) and UT Martin (January 6th).
A four-game road-trip follows with trips to Murray State (January 11th), Morehead State (January 13th), Eastern Illinois (Jan. 18th) and SIU Edwardsville (January 20th).
The season’s next nine games are split into three three-game pods. First is a three-game homestand that includes contests against Tennessee Tech (January 25th) and Murray State (February 1st).
Next up is a three-game road trip with visits to Tennessee State (February 8th) and Belmont (February 10th). Finally, a three-game stanza, including a February 22nd home finale against Eastern Kentucky, concludes the home slate.
Austin Peay concludes its regular-season schedule with a March 1st contest at UT Martin. The Lady Govs will have at least four days to prepare for the OVC Women’s Basketball Championship, which begins March 5th at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN.
APSU Women’s Basketball 2013-14 Schedule
|Sun, Nov 3rd||Martin Methodist (Exh.)||Clarksville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Sat, Nov 9th||Western Kentucky||at Bowling Green, Ky.||TBA|
|Tue, Nov 12th||Southern Illinois||at Carbondale, Ill.||TBA|
|Fri, Nov 15th||Arkansas State||Clarksville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Mon, Nov 18th||Lipscomb||at Nashville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Sat, Nov 23rd||Evansville||Clarksville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Sat, Nov 30th||Central Arkansas||Clarksville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Wed, Dec 4th||Middle Tennessee||Clarksville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Sat, Dec 7th||Xavier (Ohio)||at Cincinnati, Ohio||TBA|
|Sat, Dec 14th||Louisville||at Louisville, Ky.||TBA|
|Wed, Dec 18th||Chattanooga||Clarksville, Tenn.||TBA|
|WSU Christmas Classic|
|Sat, Dec 21st||Wichita State||at Wichita, Kan.||TBA|
|Sun, Dec 22nd||Nebraska-Omaha||at Wichita, Kan.||TBA|
|Mon, Dec 30th||Mississippi||at Oxford, Miss.||TBA|
|Sat, Jan 4th||Southeast Missouri *||Clarksville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Mon, Jan 6th||UT Martin *||Clarksville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Sat, Jan 11th||Murray State *||at Murray, Ky.||TBA|
|Mon, Jan 13th||Morehead State *||at Morehead, Ky.||TBA|
|Sat, Jan 18th||Eastern Illinois *||at Charleston, Ill.||TBA|
|Mon, Jan 20th||SIU Edwardsville *||at Edwardsville, Ill.||TBA|
|Sat, Jan 25th||Tennessee Tech *||Clarksville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Mon, Jan 27th||Jacksonville State *||Clarksville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Sat, Feb 1st||Murray State *||Clarksville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Mon, Feb 3rd||Southeast Missouri *||at Cape Girardeau, Mo.||TBA|
|Sat, Feb 8th||Tennessee State *||at Nashville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Mon, Feb 10th||Belmont *||at Nashville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Sat, Feb 15th||SIU Edwardsville *||Clarksville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Mon, Feb 17th||Eastern Illinois *||Clarksville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Sat, Feb 22nd||Eastern Kentucky *||Clarksville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Sat, Mar 1st||UT Martin *||at Martin, Tenn.||TBA|
|2014 Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Championship|
|Wed, Mar 5th||First Round||at Nashville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Thu, Mar 6th||Quarterfinals||at Nashville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Fri, Mar 7th||Semifinals||at Nashville, Tenn.||TBA|
|Sat, Mar 8th||Championship||at Nashville, Tenn.||TBA|
* Conference Games