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Women's basketball to face eight postseason teams in 2012-13

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Twelve regular season home games and eight contests against teams that advanced to postseason play last year comprise the 2012-13 Morehead State women’s basketball schedule.

Game times will be announced via www.MSUEagles.com in the near future.

"We are excited and anxious to attack the 2012-13 schedule,” said third-year Head Coach Tom Hodges. “Our non-conference slate will certainly challenge us early and often in the months of November and December.”

Following a home exhibition contest against Kentucky State on Nov. 3, the Eagles open the ledger in the preseason WNIT at Illinois State. Along with the eight postseason teams MSU is guaranteed to face this year, several other national juggernauts could provide opposition in the WNIT field. Two additional home contests could be added depending on the WNIT bracket as well.

“We are set to kick off the year with a tremendously tough Illinois State program that is so well coached and will be bringing back a veteran team,” Hodges said. “The remainder of the WNIT field is equally as tough, with many of the participants being favorites to win their respective conference championships.”

Other non-conference games include Xavier (Nov. 21), Kentucky (Nov. 23), Cincinnati (Nov. 28), East Tennessee State (Dec. 1), Western Kentucky (Dec. 6), Ohio (Dec. 9), Georgia State (Dec. 16), UAB (Dec. 18), Kent State (Dec. 21), Alice Lloyd (Dec. 28) and Wright State (Dec. 31). Among those, the Eagles are set to host ETSU, WKU, KSU and Alice Lloyd at Johnson Arena prior to the start of Ohio Valley Conference action.

“All of those games will be extremely challenging but will be exactly what we need to prepare us for the gauntlet of OVC play,” Hodges continued. “We have some tremendous home games for our fans. We have put this schedule together to test our young ladies and ultimately make us the toughest and most battle-tested team as we look to contend for the OVC Championship."

The 16-game OVC gamut begins with a Jan. 5 home game against postseason WNIT participant Eastern Illinois and finishes on the road in March against Women’s Basketball Invitational qualifier Tennessee Tech. In between, the Eagles will face a four-game road swing in January and host a four-game home stand in February.

With the league transitioning to a divisional format in 2012-13, MSU will face its East Division foes (Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Tennessee State and Tech) twice in a home-and-home format. The Eagles will only tangle with the West Division opponents once in the regular season. MSU is set to host EIU, SIU Edwardsville and Murray State and will travel to defending league champion UT Martin, Austin Peay and Southeast Missouri.

The OVC Tournament is set for early March at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., and will feature the top eight teams in the regular season standings, regardless of divisions.

The Eagles return 10 letterwinners this season after concluding the 2011-12 year fifth in the OVC regular season standings.

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