HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Big South Conference announced the league slate for the High Point University women’s basketball team on Friday. In the double round robin schedule the Panthers play all nine league foes in the Millis Center and visit all of the other nine Big South gyms.
The Purple & White tip off the New Year and the conference slate on Tuesday, Jan. 2 in the Millis Center against Gardner-Webb. HPU posted a 7-2 record at home against league foes in 2016-17 and are 35-13 in such games under head coach DeUnna Hendrix.
High Point, then, takes its first conference road trip of the year to UNC Asheville to take on the two-time defending Big South Tournament champions on Saturday, Jan. 6.
The squad continues the pattern the next week hosting Presbyterian on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and visiting Winthrop on Saturday, Jan. 13. The first mid-week road trip comes on Tuesday Jan. 16 at Campbell before HPU hosts its first Saturday league contest against Longwood on Jan. 20.
From there, the Panthers round out the month visiting Radford (Jan. 23) and Charleston Southern (Jan. 27) before hosting Liberty in the Millis Center on Jan. 30.
The second month and second trip around the conference begins with a home tilt on Saturday, Feb. 3 against Campbell – the only team to sweep the regular season against HPU last winter. Then, the Purple & White visit Longwood (Feb. 6) before hosting UNC Asheville (Feb. 10) and Winthrop (Feb. 13).
The following weekend, HPU returns to the road with a visit to Presbyterian (Feb. 17) where Hendrix picked up her first career win in the Templeton Center in overtime last season. Charleston Southern’s annual trip to the Triad follows on Feb. 20 before the Panthers head to Gardner-Webb (Feb. 24).
HPU’s home slate comes to a close with its second straight Senior Day against Radford on Feb. 27. High Point bested the regular season champion Highlanders last year in overtime on Senior Day. Then, four days later, the regular season ends at Liberty on March 3, which will give the Panthers a taste of the Vines Center days before the start of postseason play inside that building.