Spartanburg, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced the schedule of its league games on Thursday afternoon. Western Carolina will play 18 conference contests, nine at the Ramsey Center and nine on the road.
All but one of WCU’s Southern Conference games will take place on either a Wednesday or Saturday, the SoCon’s new league game alignment.
“We are very excited to compete in one of the best basketball conference in the country again this upcoming season,” head coach Mark Prosser stated. “This league is so talented and well coached that you have to come ready to compete every night. Our goal is to prepare to do that over the next several weeks and months at a much higher level than we did last season. We want to be a program that is about winning championships, and that challenge is one that we readily accept and do not take likely in the Southern Conference.”
The Catamounts open league play on Tuesday, Dec. 3 hosting Chattanooga before returning to non-conference games until a road trip to The Citadel on Jan. 4. WCU hosts Mercer on Jan. 11 in the first of two doubleheaders with the Catamount women’s team. A pair of home Saturday matchups follow against ETSU (Jan. 18) and defending regular season and tournament champion Wofford (Jan. 25) before a home weeknight contest against UNCG (Jan. 29). In addition to visiting The Citadel, January road opponents include VMI (Jan.7), Furman (Jan. 15), and Mercer (Jan. 22).
Western Carolina opens February with visits to Chattanooga (Feb. 1) and Samford (Feb. 5) before a visit from Furman (Feb. 8). The Catamounts play three straight games at the Ramsey Center in the latter portion of the month against VMI (Feb. 19), The Citadel (Feb. 22), and Samford (Feb. 26), with The Citadel contest also being a doubleheader. As 2020 is a leap year, the regular season finale is set for Feb. 29 at ETSU. Other road contests in February include UNCG (Feb. 12) and Wofford (Feb. 15).
The Ingles Southern Conference Basketball Championship presented by General Shale will be held March 6-9 at Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville (the moniker the U.S. Cellular Center will assume Jan. 1) in Asheville, North Carolina, with Monday’s championship game airing on ESPN at 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Friday, Nov. 1.
Catamount men’s and women’s basketball season tickets are on sale now through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office located on the first floor of the Ramsey Center. An “All Hoops” package which includes tickets to all men’s and women’s basketball home games is only $100 for the entire season. For men’s basketball season tickets reserved, or general admission are $80 and women’s basketball season tickets are $50 for general admission seating. Youth prices are also available for all season ticket options and current WCU faculty/staff have the opportunity to receive discounted tickets. For more information, call the ticket office at (800) 34-GOWCU (344-6928) or visit CatamountSports.com.