NASHVILLE, Tenn. – First-year head coach Greg Brown has announced the 2012-13 women’s basketball schedule that includes a home game against Vanderbilt, trips to Texas Tech, Ole Miss and Georgia and continuing the “Battle of the Boulevard” with rival Belmont.
“This is a challenging schedule for our program,” Brown said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to improve our team moving forward.”
The Lady Bisons will play an exhibition contest with Freed Hardeman on Nov. 1 at Allen Arena.
The season opens with a visit to Gardner-Webb on Nov. 9 before Brown makes his home debut with a visit from perennially-ranked Vanderbilt on Nov. 12. The Commodores will make their second ever visit to Allen Arena and first since 2007.
The next three contests will be on the road as the Lady Bisons travel to 2012 WNIT participant Texas Tech on Nov. 18. A trip to Murray State on Nov. 26 will be followed by a trip to SEC’s Ole Miss on Nov. 29.
A trip back to Allen Arena will find a scene ready for the “Battle of the Boulevard”. On Dec. 1, the Belmont Bruins will visit for the first time being a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.
On Dec. 9, the Lady Bisons will play host to Jacksonville State in a Sunday matinee.
Wrapping up three games before Christmas, Lipscomb will travel to 2012 NCAA Tournament qualifier Georgia on Dec. 16, return home Dec. 18 hosting Tennessee State and wrapping up non-conference play at Austin Peay.
The Lady Bisons will end 2012 and begin 2013 in Jacksonville, Fla. A New Year’s Eve battle at North Florida will signal the beginning of the Atlantic Sun play followed by a contest at Jacksonville.
Brown will make his A-Sun home debut with contests against ETSU and USC Upstate on Jan. 5 and Jan 7 respectively.
Lipscomb travels to Highland Heights, Ky., to face the newcomer of the conference Northern Kentucky on Jan. 12.
Staying on the road, the Lady Bisons will play at Stetson on Jan. 19 and face the 2011-12 Atlantic Sun Champions and NCAA Tournament qualifier Florida Gulf Coast on Jan. 21.
Coming back to the friendly confines of Allen Arena, the Lady Bisons host Mercer on Jan. 26 and Kennesaw State on Jan. 28.
A trip to ETSU on Feb. 2 followed by USC Upstate on Feb. 4 preceeds the first ever visit to Allen Arena by the Norse of Northern Kentucky on Feb. 9.
The second game of the two-game series in the “Battle of the Boulevard” has the Lady Bisons playing Belmont at the Curb Center on Feb. 11.
Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson make appearances in Allen Arena on Feb. 16 and Feb 18 before the final road trip of the season as the Lady Bisons travel to Kennesaw State and Mercer on Feb. 23 and Feb 25, respectively.
The final weekend of regular season basketball ends with two home games. The Lady Bisons will play Jacksonville on Feb. 28 and North Florida on March 2 to close out the regular season.
“It is an exciting time to be a part of Lipscomb athletics and the Atlantic Sun,” Brown said. “The league has added a new school and we have 13 home games so fans have plenty of opportunities to see us play. I am really excited to get the season started.”