DURHAM, N.C. – Second-year head coach Trisha Stafford-Odom will be guiding the Lady Eagles through a demanding 29-game schedule that features more home games, marquee early-season tilts at University of Iowa and University of Memphis, a Christmas Tournament and 16 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) clashes as the 2018-19 North Carolina Central University women’s basketball schedule was released on Tuesday.
NCCU will battle 13 different non-conference opponents over the first two months, including flight trips to battle the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten Conference on Nov. 17 and the Memphis Tigers of the American Athletic Conference on Dec. 29. Iowa played in the NCAA Tournament last year.
The Lady Eagles will begin their season on the road at High Point University on Friday, Nov. 9. A battle at Winthrop University on Nov. 14 will be NCCU’s only other road game over the first month.
The maroon and gray only had four home non-conference games last year. However, this year NCCU will host seven of its 13 non-conference opponents this season.
NCCU will make its home debut against Elon University on Tuesday, Nov. 13. After returning from Iowa City, the Lady Eagles will play five consecutive games inside McDougald-McLendon Arena against UNCW (Nov. 20), USC Upstate (Nov. 24), Coastal Carolina University (Dec. 1), UNCG (Dec. 12) and Wofford College (Dec. 15).
Another highlight of the early season schedule includes NCCU’s participation in the Georgia State University Christmas Classic on Thursday-Friday, Dec. 20-21. The Lady Eagles will battle the host Panthers and Kennesaw State University in the two-day event in Atlanta.
After the calendar flips to the New Year, the Lady Eagles will entertain Wilberforce University in its last non-conference game on Jan. 2 before soaring into MEAC play with 16 consecutive league tilts that are all the front end of doubleheaders with the NCCU men’s program.
NCCU’s journey through league competition will feature home and away clashes with University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Delaware State University, Bethune-Cookman University, Savannah State University and North Carolina A&T State University. The Lady Eagles will also host Coppin State University, Morgan State University and South Carolina State University. NCCU will only see Florida A&M University, Norfolk State University and Howard University on the road.
Important dates for Eagle fans include NCCU’s two battles with archrival Aggies of North Carolina A&T in Greensboro at home on Saturday, Jan. 26, and on the road in their regular-season finale on Thursday, March 7.
The 2018 MEAC Basketball Championships will once again be held at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia, from Monday–Saturday, Mar. 6-11. All 12 teams in the league will qualify for the postseason tournament.
For complete NCCU women’s basketball information, please visit www.NCCUEaglePride.com.