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Lady Vols to open season against ETSU in Freedom Hall

Joe Avento • Updated Sep 13, 2019 at 5:45 PM

 The East Tennessee State women’s basketball team will open the coming season with bang when Tennessee pays a visit to Johnson City on Nov. 5.

The Bucs’ schedule was released Friday and it’s highlighted by the home opener against the Lady Vols. That game will be played at Freedom Hall.

“It’s a great thing for our region to have a standing series with UT,” ETSU coach Brittney Ezell said.

A 29-game schedule includes 13 home games and three Power 5 conference opponents. In addition to playing host to Tennessee, the Bucs will play at Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.

“One of the constants in our program is a challenging schedule,” Ezell said. “This year’s schedule is again rigorous and yet exciting for everyone at ETSU. We know the difficulties that await us every year in the Southern Conference, therefore we purposefully prepare in November and December by scheduling a high level, non-conference schedule with some incredibly difficult opponents and away venues. I know our players are looking forward to the gauntlet and our fans understand what we are doing for the program, university and them by playing the schedule that we do year in and year out.”

Other non-conference opponents will be Appalachian State, UNC-Asheville, Radford, Cleveland State, Troy, Liberty, High Point, Davidson, North Carolina A&T, Cornell, South Alabama and Converse.

ETSU’s Southern Conference schedule begins Jan. 9 with a game at UNC Greensboro.

Other than the Tennessee game, the Bucs’ home games will be played in Brooks Gym. ETSU is coming off a 10-21 season.

“This schedule gives us many competitive challenges for our program and high-level basketball for the fans in our region,” Ezell said. “Scheduling is a difficult component to manage but one that we have embraced with our program’s willingness to compete with anyone, anytime, anywhere.”

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The schedule

Home games in CAPS

Nov. 5 — TENNESSEE

Nov. 8 — at Liberty

Nov. 14 — at High Point

Nov. 18 — at North Carolina A&T

Nov. 21 — RADFORD

Nov. 23 — UNC-ASHEVILLE

Nov. 25 — at Appalachian State

Nov. 30 — DAVIDSON

Dec. 5 — at Wake Forest

Dec. 8 — CLEVELAND STATE

Dec. 11 — at Troy

Dec. 15 — at Georgia Tech

Dec. 20 — SOUTH ALABAMA

Dec. 31 — CONVERSE

Jan. 4 — at Cornell

Jan. 9 — at UNC Greensboro

Jan. 11 — at Western Carolina

Jan. 16 — FURMAN

Jan. 18 — WOFFORD

Jan. 23 — at Mercer

Jan. 25 — At Samford

Feb. 1 — CHATTANOOGA

Feb. 6 — WESTERN CAROLINA

Feb. 8 — UNC GREENSBORO

Feb. 13 — at Wofford

Feb. 15 — at Furman

Feb. 20 — SAMFORD

Feb. 22 — MERCER

Feb. 29 — at Chattanooga

March 5-8 — Southern Conference tournament at Asheville, N.C.

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