GREENVILLE, N.C. – Six games against 2007 post-season participants, including a visit from in-state rival North Carolina State highlight the 2007-08 East Carolina University women's basketball schedule, released Thursday by head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener.
The Lady Pirates begin their sixth season under the guidance of Baldwin-Tener on Sunday, Nov. 11 when they host Presbyterian at Minges Coliseum. ECU will welcome NCAA participant Old Dominion to Greenville on Nov. 13 before traveling to New York for a contest against WNIT participant Long Island on Nov. 16. Coach Baldwin-Tener’s squad will return home Nov. 19 to face High Point before hosting the Lady Pirate Invitational Nov. 23-24. ECU will play Winthrop in the first game, while Massachusetts and Jacksonville square off in the second game. The team will round out the month of November with a trip to Boone, N.C. on the 28th for a tilt against Appalachian State.
The Lady Pirates open up the month of December with two home games as Virginia Commonwealth comes to Greenville on Dec. 1, while in-state rival and 2007 NCAA Sweet 16 participant North Carolina State will be making its first trip to Minges Coliseum since 2002. The matchup, scheduled for Dec. 9, will mark the 37th time the two teams have squared off. After a week off for final exams, ECU will travel to Presbyterian on Dec. 18 and to UNC Wilmington on Dec. 20 before heading home for the holidays. The Lady Pirates will resume play on Dec. 29-30, participating in the Virginia Tech Tournament in Blacksburg, Va. East Carolina will face Georgetown in the opening game and will play either the host Hokies or Furman in the second contest.
“I am very excited about this year's schedule and the teams we have coming to play in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum,” Baldwin-Tener said. “We have some local rivals coming to Greenville that will be great for the fans. Our team will be challenged early in the season so we can get better as a basketball team. With this tough non-conference schedule, combined with our conference opponents we hope to prepare ourselves for post-season play.”
The Lady Pirates officially begin their quest for a second-straight Conference USA title as they travel to Huntington, W.Va. on Jan 5 to face Marshall. ECU will remain on the road for the next two contests, visiting UAB on Jan. 10 and Memphis on Jan. 12. The Lady Pirates return to the friendly confines of Minges Coliseum for a three-game homestand beginning with SMU on Jan. 18 before Tulsa and Marshall follow on Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, respectively. ECU will round out the month of January on the road, as they travel to Hattiesburg for a Jan. 31 contest against Southern Miss.
After a trip to Orlando, Fla. to play UCF on Feb. 2, ECU will return to Greenville for a tilt against WNIT participant Tulane on Feb. 7. After heading to El Paso, Texas on Feb. 10 to play UTEP, East Carolina will return to Greenville for the final four home games of the season, beginning with Southern Miss on Feb. 15. UCF comes to town Feb. 17, followed by UAB (Feb. 21) and Memphis (Feb. 23). The Lady Pirates will close out the regular season with a trip to Houston to face the Cougars before battling Rice March 1 which will serve as a rematch of the 2007 C-USA Championship game.
The 2008 Conference USA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament will be March 6-9 at UCF Arena, in Orlando, Florida.
2007-08 East Carolina Women's Basketball Schedule
November-11, Presbyterian; 13, Old Dominion; 16, at Long Island; 19, High Point; 23-24, ECU Invitational; 28, at Appalachian State.
December-1, VCU; 9, N.C. State; 18, at Presbyterian; 20, at UNC Wilmington; 29-30, at Virginia Tech Tournament.
January-5, at Marshall; 10, at UAB; 12, at Memphis; 18, SMU; 20, Tulda; 27, Marshall; 31, at Southern Miss.
February-2, at UCF; 7, Tulane; 10, at UTEP; 15, Southern Miss; 17, UCF; 21, UAB; 23, Memphis; 28, at Houston .
March-1, at Rice; 6-9, Conference USA Championship (Orlando, Fla.).