Georgia State's women's basketball team has announced its 29-game 2012-13 schedule, including 17 home games and a pair of holiday tournaments.
The 11 non-conference games will provide GSU competition with eight different conferences, while including a trip to 20-win NCAA tournament team Florida. The 18 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) league games, in Georgia State's final year in this league, come against a group that ranked as the seventh toughest conference last year, just behind the ACC and Big Ten.
"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."
As for the CAA: "We know this is a transition year for us to move to the Sun Belt Conference next season, so we'll just attack this conference season playing as hard as we can," Baldwin-Tener added. "This league has been highly regarded recently and with top 10 Delaware and WNIT championship game finalist James Madison leading the way, it will be a challenging slate of opponents again this year."
Among the highlights:
- 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 league opener is Sunday, Sept. 6 with perennial winner Old Dominion.
- James Madison, a 29-win team that advanced to the title game of the WNIT, makes a visit to Atlanta on Sunday, Jan. 20.
- Delaware, a 31-2 team that returns its first team All-America player in 6-foot-5 Elena Delle Donne, makes a final visit to Atlanta on Thursday, Jan. 31.
- Hofstra, a 19-12 WNIT team with a power forward Shante Evans who ranked in the top 25 in the NCAA in both scoring and rebounding, while having an Atlanta native as head coach, makes its final visit to Atlanta on Sunday, Feb. 10.
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.
GSU students are admitted free to all home games with their valid PantherCard identification.
PLEASE NOTE: The CAA schedule is subject to change when the conference television package is finalized in October. Selected CAA games may be moved for television purposes.