CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina Head Women's Basketball Coach Karen Middletontoday announced the 2012-13 schedule.
The 29-game slate includes 14 home dates with six of the first eight games at home to start the season.
"We have six home contests in the Ramsey Center before the holidays which will allow our Catamount fans to see the commitment we have put in this off season," Middleton said. "We are extremely excited about the core of our team returning this year. Our team's motivation, intense work ethic, solid leadership, and experience will set the tone for our four freshmen and a junior college transfer."
The Catamounts will host four teams, from its home and home schedule, in which they played on the road last year. Campbell, North Carolina Central, USC Upstate and Tennessee Tech will be coming to Cullowhee after Western Carolina played at their respective home venues last season. Western Carolina will open the season at rival UNC Asheville on November 10. Western Carolina will also travel to Coastal Carolina, Charleston Southern, Georgia State and SEC member South Carolina for non-conference match-ups.
Western Carolina's game at South Carolina, on December 29, will be a homecoming for Middleton and her assistant coach Tréka McMillian, who both played for the Gamecocks.
"Our game at South Carolina will be especially special for Tréka and I as we return to our alma mater," Middleton said. "We had great times in Columbia, and it will be a highlight to return and experience Colonial Life Arena and the loyal Gamecock fans that supported us during our career."
Western Carolina doesn't waste any time jumping into the Southern Conference race as the Catamounts host UNCG on December 1 and Elon on December 3 to start the SoCon portion of their schedule. After two early SoCon meetings, Western Carolina won't face another Southern Conference team until hosting Wofford on January 5, 2013, meaning the first three Southern Conference games, for the Catamounts, will be at home.
"We are excited about this year's schedule and the opportunity to compete and grow as a program," Middleton said. "We will be tested in our non-conference games, both home and away, which will prepare us for conference play. Year after year, the SoCon continues to grow in strength and compete at a national level. Every night is a challenge in the Southern Conference."