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2013-14 Women's Basketball Schedule Released

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Highlighted by four matchups with recent NCAA Tournament teams, including the regular-season opener against Florida at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville and 13 home games in historic Richard V. Moore Gymnasium, the Bethune-Cookman 2013-14 women’s basketball schedule was released Saturday morning.

Under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis, the Lady Wildcats feature one of the most experienced rosters in her tenure, boasting nine returning players with a combined 160 games of starting experience.

“We have a very challenging non-conference schedule," Blair-Lewis said. Our first three regular-season games are going to give us an early perspective of where we are as a team. It’s going to be a great test for us.”

Competition opens for Bethune-Cookman with an exhibition game versus Webber International at Moore Gymnasium (Nov. 2). Following the regular season opener with the Gators (Nov.8), the Lady Wildcats travel to Ft. Myers to take on defending Atlantic Sun (A-Sun) Regular-Season Champion Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 12).

B-CU opens its home slate on Nov. 14 against Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Tournament Champion St. Thomas, then facing cross-county rival and A-Sun Tournament Champion Stetson on Nov. 20.

Quickly back to the road, the Lady Wildcats head to the Lone Star State, home of four members of the 2013-14 squad, making an appearance in the first of two tournaments on the campaign. In the North Texas Tournament, B-CU meets Grand Canyon (Nov. 23) and North Texas (Nov. 24) at UNT Coliseum in Dallas, known as The Super Pit.

B-CU swings home for a single contest against Jacksonville’s Edward Waters (Dec. 2), coached by former longtime B-CU assistant Charmaine Wilson, now in her third year with the Tigers.

“We are expecting our tough non-conference schedule to prepare us for the competitive level of the conference," Blair-Lewis commented.

With leadership provided by seniors Chastity René Taylor (13.5 PPG) and Terrenisha Hollis (8.1 PPG), Blair-Lewis recognizes that in addition to significant experience returning, the Lady Wildcats share another key trait with the MEAC’s projected top-tier teams.

“Each team in the top half of the conference returns at least two dominant forces to their lineup,” Blair-Lewis said, “and we’re right there with them.”

The 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) slate opens on the road the following week, with a rotated lineup from past seasons. In previous years, the MEAC schedule pitted rivals together in the opening week, in B-CU’s case that’s Florida A&M, but this year the Lady Wildcats open in Virginia with games versus Norfolk State (Dec. 7) and four-time defending MEAC Champion Hampton (Dec. 9).

Next up is a home matchup with Jacksonville (Dec. 15) before the now-annual trip to west Volusia county for the Stetson Hatter Classic at DeLand’s Edmunds Center, meeting Nicholls State (Dec. 20) and Murray State (Dec. 21) before the brief Holiday break.

The Lady Wildcats close out 2012 with a Moore Gymnasium class with Conference USA foe East Carolina (Dec. 29), and open the New Year in Boca Raton, Fla. against Florida Atlantic (Jan. 2) in the final non-conference game.

January’s MEAC slate sees home contests with North Carolina A&T (Jan. 11), North Carolina Central (Jan. 13), Maryland Eastern Shore (Jan. 25) and Howard (Jan. 27), along with road games as Savannah State (Jan. 18) and South Carolina State (Jan. 20).

Return games with SSU and SCSU lead off the month of February on the first and third, respectively, and the Lady Wildcats travel to NCCU (Feb. 8) and NCAT (Feb. 10), with B-CU closing out the home season on consecutive games against Delaware State (Feb. 15) and Florida A&M (Feb. 22).

After an open week in the schedule, B-CU concludes the regular season with games at Morgan State (Mar. 1) and FAMU (Mar. 6), before heading to the MEAC Basketball Championships at the Scope Center in Norfolk, Va., Mar. 10-15.

For all the latest information on the Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats as they prepare to begin team practices on September 30, follow the official Twitter feeds, @BCUathletics or @BCUWBB, or "Like Us" on Facebook at BCUathletics.

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