Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate head women's basketball coach Tammy George has announced the 2013-14 schedule, one dotted with marquee non-conference opponents and a difficult A-Sun slate of games.
"Our non-conference schedule will be tough and we will be challenged early," said George. "We will focus on getting better each day. Obviously, our main concern will be how we perform in January and February as we hit our A-Sun schedule. I am excited to see how this team could come together."
Upstate will play a variety of non-conference opponents this season. The Spartans will face two ACC teams, one Big 10 team and two Southern Conference foes among its 11 non-conference opponents. In all, Upstate will play three games against teams which advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including Duke, which was a No. 2 seed and advanced to the Elite 8 in the 2013 tournament. In addition, the Spartans will play seven other games against teams that advanced to either the WNIT or WBI last year, giving Upstate 10 games against teams that advanced to postseason play in 2013.
Upstate will play a total of 29 regular season games, 12 at home and 17 on the road. The Spartans will play three non-conference games at home in November and will return to the friendly confines of the Hodge Center in January to tip-off A-Sun play. Upstate will face eight non-conference road games in November and December.
Upstate begins the season on the road at Maryland Eastern Shore on Nov. 8 before returning to Spartanburg for its home opener against Converse on Nov. 10. The Spartans will play road games at High Point and Duke on back-to-back nights Nov. 13 and 14 before returning home for two straight home games against the College of Charleston on Nov. 17 and S.C. State on Nov. 19.
Upstate will embark on a five-game road swing to close out non-conference play at the end of November and through December. The Spartans will play at George Washington on Nov. 25, at Indiana on Dec. 1, at UNC Asheville on Dec. 7, at Virginia Tech on Dec. 15 and close out the non-conference slate at Furman on Dec. 21.
Upstate will open A-Sun play with two straight home games on Jan. 2 and Jan. 4, taking on Northern Kentucky and Lipscomb, respectively. Three consecutive road games follow as the Spartans visit Stetson on Jan. 9, Florida Gulf Coast on Jan. 11 and ETSU on Jan. 19. Mercer and Kennesaw State come to the Hodge Center on Jan. 23 and Jan. 25 before Upstate closes out the month of January at North Florida on Jan. 30.
Upstate will continue its road swing in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 1 against Jacksonville before heading home for three consecutive games in the Hodge Center. The Spartans will host Stetson on Feb. 6, Florida Gulf Coast on Feb. 8 and ETSU on Feb. 15. The state of Georgia road swing follows when the Spartans play at Mercer on Feb. 20 and Kennesaw State on Feb. 22, before returning home for the final two regular season home games in the Hodge Center on Feb. 27 and March 1 against North Florida and Jacksonville. Upstate will close out the regular season at Northern Kentucky on March 6 and Lipscomb on March 8.
The A-Sun Tournament format has been changed starting in 2013-14. The four highest seeds will host the first round of the tournament at campus sites. The highest remaining seed will host the semifinals and championship game. The A-Sun Tournament will be played from March 11-16.