Reid unveils 2015-16 schedule

BREVAD, N.C. – Head coach Shannon Reid has released the 2015-16 women’s basketball schedule, a compilation of 26 contests and a pair of exhibitions versus Division I foes. Of the 26 games, 13 will be played at the Boshamer Gymnasium.

The season begins on the road in Orangeburg, South Carolina on Nov. 15, when the Tornados take on Claflin University for the first time in program history. Fans won’t have to wait long to see the royal blue and white in action, as the team hosts North Greenville University on Nov. 18 before taking on Division I East Tennessee State University on Nov. 21.

“We're looking forward to our two exhibitions contests,” Reid explained. “We are traveling to Johnson City for our first ever match against East Tennessee State University and taking on Presbyterian for the first time since 2012. Those games, plus our non-conference schedule should be good competition for us early on to prepare us for South Atlantic Conference play.”

Sandwiched between the exhibitions is the South Atlantic Conference opener with a road tilt at Tusculum College on Nov. 24, followed by Presbyterian on the following day for the first of two back-to-back game days of the season. The four-game road swing, the longest of the season, concludes at Winston-Salem State on December 2.

“We have so many teams on the schedule that we have never faced before, which will bring new challenges,” said Ried. “We have a home-and-home series with Claflin and a road game at Winston-Salem State on top of the East Tennessee State exhibition.”

The competitive South Atlantic Conference, which led the nation by sending five teams to the NCAA tournament last year, kicks into full gear for Brevard with a home match against Lenoir-Rhyne on Dec. 5. In last season’s home bout with L-R, Katie Williams set the NCAA era record for most points in a game with 35 in the first televised win at home.

A road game at Coker on Dec. 12 leads into Brevard’s longest homestand of the season, as the Tornados conclude 2015 with three home games. Lincoln Memorial opens the homestand on Dec. 14 before Brevard takes on its first opponent that qualified for the postseason in Wingate on Dec. 19. The conclusion of the Claflin home-and-home series on the following evening is the final game before winter break.

2016 begins with three straight matches against NCAA tournament opponents, starting with a road match at Anderson, who advanced to the Southeast Region championship in the 2014-15 season, on Jan. 6. Brevard then hosts Catawba on Jan. 9 and ends the grueling three game trek on the road at Carson-Newman on January 13. The Blue & White had success against Catawba and Carson-Newman as they split the series with both opponents with the home side winning each bout.

A road game versus Newberry on Jan. 16 followed by a home bout with Mars Hill on Jan. 20 ends the first half of SAC play. In the second leg, Tusculum and Coker are at Boshamer Gymnasium on Jan 27 and 30 with Queens coming to town on Feb. 6.

Anderson, who finished last season ranked No. 24, plays in Brevard on Feb. 17 with Carson-Newman coming on the Feb. 24. The regular season ends with Newberry coming for senior day on Feb. 27.

“The SAC is one of the toughest basketball conferences in Division II,” explained Reid. “But with our current team I think we can be competitive and make the postseason tournament.”

To see the 2015-16 schedule, click here.

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