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Good chunk of Lady Bucs' schedule on road

Staff Report • Jul 25, 2014 at 5:52 AM

East Tennessee State’s women’s basketball team may have a new home this season, but they won’t be spending much time there.

A day after announcing the men’s team will play its home games at Freedom Hall, the school released the women’s schedule with 11 of the 29 games to be played at a renovated Brooks Gym.

“We are excited to reveal the upcoming opponents and remind Buccaneer fans that we will be ‘Back in Brooks’ for the season,” ETSU head coach Brittney Ezell said. “We are thrilled to be in a campus venue that will be easy for students, faculty and fans to access. Plus, it goes without saying that we are looking forward to our return to the SoCon.”

Brooks Gym’s renovations include a new-look playing surface as well as modern goals, and various aesthetic upgrades throughout the facility. Fans interested in season tickets should call the ETSU Athletics Ticket Office at 439-3878 or online at ETSUBucs.com/Tickets.

ETSU’s season begins with a pair of exhibition games — Nov. 1 against Milligan College and Nov. 8 against King College — at Brooks Gym. The regular season begins on the road at UNC Asheville on Nov. 14.

The Lady Bucs’ first home game is Nov. 17 against Big South regular season champion and WNIT participant High Point. They follow that up with another game in Brooks on Nov. 19 against Appalachian State.

After that the Lady Bucs hit the road for six straight games, playing at St. Francis, Pa., (Nov. 21), Indiana State (Nov. 24), Indiana (Nov. 26), Virginia Tech (Nov. 29), George Mason (Dec. 3) and Alabama A&M (Dec. 6). Both Indiana State and Indiana played in the WNIT last year.

The Lady Bucs then return home for a single game against Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 13 before heading out again for a three-game stretch starting at Morehead State on Dec. 15 and a pair of games — UNC Wilmington and Jacksonville State — at a tournament at UNC Wilmington on Dec. 19-20.

After the holiday break, ETSU closes out the calendar year at home against Metro Atlantic co-champion Iona College on Dec. 29, before visiting North Carolina on Jan. 2. The Tar Heels advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season.

“We will host four non-conference teams in the fall and I know the natural rivalry with Appalachian State will have a lot of fans eager to see that game,” Ezell said. “Playing traditional basketball schools such as Indiana and North Carolina will be an incredible experience and chance for our players. Our road games will be great preparation for the difficult conference schedule.”

Fourteen home-and-away dates against each of the seven SoCon teams begin on the road for the Lady Bucs on Jan. 10 at Furman. ETSU’s first home game in league play is Jan. 17 against UNC Greensboro. The SoCon tournament will be held March 6-9 in Asheville, N.C.

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