ATLANTA (Aug. 22) - Georgia State's women's basketball team has announced its 11-game non-conference schedule, while awaiting the dates for the 18 Colonial Athletic Association games.
The 11 non-conference games will provide GSU competition with eight different conferences, while including a trip to 20-win NCAA tournament team Florida.
GSU's non-league slate will include eight home games, featuring tournaments over the Thanksgiving weekend and the holiday break between Christmas and New Year's.
"We like the diversity of opponents and competition levels our non-conference schedule provides us," said veteran head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. "We'll have a tough two-game trip to Florida to start, but we will get to play host to a pair of tournaments and some regional opponents, including Kennesaw State and Georgia Southern in front of our home fans."
The Panthers will open the regular season with a three-day road trip to Florida, opening on Friday, Nov. 9 against the UCF Golden Knights from C-USA before traveling to Gainesville to face the Florida Gators on Sunday, Nov. 11.
GSU's home opener comes on Wednesday, Nov. 14 against nearby Jacksonville State from the Ohio Valley Conference.
The first of the Panthers' holiday tournaments comes in the Thanksgiving event that opens by pairing Georgia State and Georgia Southern on Friday, Nov. 23, while Kent State from the MAC and Florida A&M from the MEAC meet in the second game to see who advances.
The Panthers play host to Kennesaw State on Sunday, Dec. 2 to renew that city series. GSU then travels to Nashville to face a former conference foe, Belmont, now in the OVC.
GSU plays host the week after final exams to Morehead State (OVC) on Sunday, Dec. 16 and Western Carolina (SoCon) on Friday, Dec. 21.
This year's holiday tournament on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 29-30, includes GSU facing the Mississippi Valley State Devilettes, while Charlotte from the A-10 meets Toledo from the MAC in the other contest.
The CAA slate of 18 games against 11 opponents begins on Sunday, Jan. 6. Home opponents are not known at this time.
The women will not play an exhibition game schedule, but use those two available dates to have closed practices with a pair of SEC schools.
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