HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University women’s basketball team will kick off the 2013-14 season on Nov. 9 against Newberry College at the Millis Center, as part of the Panthers’ schedule announced by head coach DeUnna Hendrix on Tuesday. HPU’s non-conference slate also includes Virginia, William & Mary, Davidson, UNC Greensboro and North Carolina.
“We scheduled teams with a range of playing styles from different conferences to expose this year’s team to as much variety as possible early on.” Hendrix said. “We have a young team this season so it will benefit them to see a little bit of everything. We face quite a few opponents from last year, which will help us as a coaching staff to prepare our young team. I feel every game we scheduled will be competitive and set us up well for Big South play.”
The Panthers host Catawba College for an exhibition game on Nov. 4 before hosting Newberry in the season opener. HPU’s first road game will be at Virginia on Nov. 11, matching Hendrix up with her college coach Joanne Boyle. On Nov. 13 the Panthers will host USC Upstate. Last season HPU beat the Spartans 77-67 on the road.
HPU will also face Davidson (Nov. 24), Furman (Dec. 3) and UAB (Dec. 17) for the second year in a row.
The first Big South Conference game of the year will be played on Dec. 6 when Longwood comes to the Millis Center. HPU will also host Winthrop on Dec. 14 before finishing off the non-conference schedule.
HPU’s final non-conference test will be at North Carolina on Dec. 21. This is the first time the two teams have faced each other since the 1977-78 season.
The Panthers get in to the heart of their conference schedule after Christmas, beginning on Dec. 30 against Liberty at the Millis Center. HPU will host Presbyterian on Jan. 9, Charleston Southern on Jan. 11 and Radford on Jan. 23. In February HPU’s home Big South games are Campbell (Feb. 6), Coastal Carolina (Feb. 8), Gardner-Webb (Feb. 20) and UNC Asheville (Feb. 22).
For the second year the Big South Conference Tournament will be held at the campus of Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C. The women’s first round games will be held March 5, followed by quarterfinals on March 7, semifinals on March 8 and the championship game on March 9. The winner advances to the NCAA Tournament, which begins March 22.