Bluefield College head women's basketball coach M.J. Baker has announced the Lady Rams' 2013-14 line up, which includes 12 home games at the Dome Gymnasium.
The team is scheduled to open the season's campaign on Nov. 1, hosting Virginia Intermont, and then West Virginia Tech four days later. Bluefield will also play four early season exhibitions, traveling to face Radford (Nov. 2), Marshall (Nov. 8), UNC Ashville (Nov. 26) and Wofford College (Dec. 4).
The two Bluefields of BC and Bluefield State meet in West Virginia on Nov. 12, before the Lady Rams travel to take on Mt. Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) on Nov. 16.
On Nov. 21, the team treks to Campbellsville (Ky.) for their first Mid-South Conference clash of the year, and closes out the weekend at St. Catharine College two days later.
After being voted to finish at the bottom of the MSC last season, Baker led her squad to eight wins in conference play and a berth in the conference tournament with the No. 7 seed. The conference proceeded to send six teams to the NAIA National Tournament.
Baker, entering her third season as head coach, is highly anticipating the 2013-14 campaign, and the program's second year in the Mid-South Conference.
"It is an honor to compete in the toughest conference in the country," stated Baker. "There are no guaranteed victories and each game, home or away, will be a fight. But, I know my team will be ready to compete."
The Lady Rams' first MSC home game won't come until the New Year, on Jan. 2 against Pikeville (Ky.). Their first complete weekend of home conference matchups comes Jan 9 and Jan. 11, when Cumberland (Tenn.) and Lindsey Wilson visit Bluefield.
Bluefield will step out of MSC play on just two occasions during the 2014 calendar months, facing road contests at Washington Adventist University (Md.) (Feb. 1) and West Virginia Tech (Feb. 24).
Similar to last season, the team will once again close out the regular season with home contests, as it hosts St. Catharine (Feb. 27) and Campbellsville (Mar. 1).
"We are returning key players and have added some missing pieces that were needed last season," commented Baker. "I have high expectations for my team and our coaching staff and I know we will exceed them."
The Mid-South Tournament is slated for March 6-9, being hosted by Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn.
The NCCAA Regional Tournament is then scheduled for March 13-19 and the NAIA National Tournament March 19-25.
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