Aug 21, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina Head Women's Basketball Coach Karen Middletonannounced the 2013-14 schedule which includes 11 home games and a trip to Coral Gables, Fla. to participate in the UM Holiday Tournament hosted by The University of Miami December 28-29.
Although the Holiday Tournament schedule at Miami is undetermined the possible opponents are not. Western Carolina has the opportunity to face New Mexico, Morgan State and host Miami.
"Our team is thrilled to have the chance to travel to Miami in late December and experience a tournament environment with very competitive opponents," Middleton said.
The 29-game slate includes a pair of games with future Southern Conference members in ETSU and Mercer. ETSU will be returning to the fold of the Southern Conference, after leaving in 2005, and Mercer will be a newly minted member.
"We are looking forward to the season ahead. As always, we have a great slate of home games and challenging opponents to help prepare us for the competitive SoCon season," Middleton said. "We are also excited to have the opportunity to play soon-to-be SoCon members, Mercer and ETSU."
The Catamounts will travel to Macon, Ga. on November 8 to take on the Mercer Bears, which will round out its match-ups with future SoCon members with a December 1 home pairing with ETSU. Other non-conference meetings will include trips to ACC foe Georgia Tech, on November 10 and a trip to Campbell on November 16. WCU will also travel to Presbyterian and North Carolina Central December 4 and 19th respectively. Western Carolina will also host rival UNC Asheville on November 20, Georgia State on November 23 and Charleston Southern on December 16.
Western Carolina has the possibility of facing six teams who saw post-season play in 2013. SoCon member Chattanooga and the University of Miami each played in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Appalachian State and Davidson, who reached the second round, each played in the Post-Season WNIT and Mercer played in the firsr round of the WBI (Women's Basketball Invitational).
Fans will get to see outgoing Southern Conference members Elon, Davidson, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern as Western Carolina will host them for a final time in the 2013-14 season. The Catamounts welcome Georgia Southern and Davidson January 25 and 27th, Elon February 15 and rival Appalachian State March 1.
For the third straight year Western Carolina will make the short trip to Asheville, N.C. to participate in the Southern Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament set for March 7-10.
"This year, our seniors are ready to prove that hard work does pay off," Middleton said. "I am excited to see their leadership on and off the court as we prepare for a special season. We are ready to showcase the additions of Justin Taylor and Alexis Carter, as well as the health of Bri Mack. Our team has been focused on improving throughout the spring and summer to turn the corner for our program. The pieces are in place to have a successful season and work to position ourselves for a championship. Big things are ahead and we cannot wait to get started."