NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball schedule for the 2016-17 season has been finalized.
The schedule will feature non-conference match-ups with teams from the Big East, Big 12, Big 10, SEC, Sunbelt, Mountain West, Atlantic Sun and MEAC. The Lady Tigers will also participate in two tournaments this season.
“We tried to put together a very competitive schedule,” said head coach Larry Inman. “We play some top teams early and the first several games are going to be character building. The non-conference schedule will give us an opportunity to play against tough competition. So that once we get everyone in place we should be able to compete at the highest level in our conference.”
The 2016-17 campaign will begin with two big road tests for Tennessee State at Xavier in Cincinnati, Ohio on Nov. 12 and Big 12 member Oklahoma State on Nov. 15.
The Lady Tigers will return to Nashville for the home opener against Arkansas State on Nov. 19 a few days before the Thanksgiving holiday. Following the short break, TSU will head to Las Vegas to participate in the Lady Rebel Round up hosted by UNLV. TSU will face UNLV in the opener on Nov. 26 then take on either Ole Miss or Wisconsin on day two.
The end of the month will see the Lady Tigers head to Knoxville for a contest with the Lady Vols on Nov. 30. Ten days later, TSU will take on Lipscomb (12/11) in Allen Arena before returning home to host Fisk (11/14) in the Gentry Center.
Tennessee State will wrap up non-conference action with a tournament hosted by Stetson Dec. 19-20. The Lady Tigers will face the host on day one and match up with Bethune-Cookman to conclude the event.
The Lady Tigers will open up league play on the road at Murray State to close out the year on Dec. 31 before returning to the Gentry Center for a three-game home stand against Southeast Missouri (1/5), UT Martin (1/7) and Morehead State (1/11).
TSU will also face EKU, Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville State and SIUE in the month of January while match-ups versus EIU and Austin Peay are slated for the beginning of February.
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Tennessee State will host Tennessee Tech on Kid’s Day and welcome students from Metro Schools to the Gentry Center. TSU will continue OVC action through February with the regular season finale coming against Belmont in the Curb Event Center on Feb. 25.
The 2017 OVC Tournament will be held March 1-4 at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.
BY THE NUMBERS
26 Regular Season Games
10 Non-Conference Games
16 OVC Games
10 Home Games
14 True Road Games
2 Neutral Site Games
Big East (1) – Xavier
Big 12 (1) – Oklahoma State
Big Ten (1) – Wisconsin*
Sunbelt (1) – Arkansas State
Atlantic Sun (2) – Lipscomb, Stetson
Southeastern (2) – Tennessee, Ole Miss*
Non-Division I (1) – Fisk
MEAC (1) – Bethune-Cookman
*Possible Tournament Opponent
Season Opener: Nov. 12 at Xavier
Home Opener: Nov. 19 vs. Arkansas State
OVC Opener: Dec. 31 at Murray State
OVC Tournament: March 1-4 (Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.)