Hoosiers nonconference schedule finalized


Tyra Buss hugs teammate Alexis Gassion as she checks out of the game, Wednesday afternoon. Gassion scored her 1,000th career point in a 79-45 IU victory over UMass Lowell. Bobby Goddin and Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

IU’s nonconference schedule was finalized Thursday and the Hoosiers will play 13 games before Big Ten conference play begins.

The nonconference slate features five teams who made the NCAA Tournament last season. IU will play Western Kentucky, Chattanooga, Louisville, Auburn and Missouri, who all made the tournament last season. The Hoosiers will also face St. Mary’s and Virginia who both played in the WNIT Tournament last season.

“I’m really excited about the schedule we’ve put together,” IU Coach Teri Moren said in a press release. “It features a lot of high-level opponents which will be great early tests for our program. I’m looking forward to the games we will play in front of our home crowd and the schedule as a whole will without a doubt prepare us for Big Ten play.”

The Hoosiers start the season Nov. 11 at home against Arkansas State. The next three games will be at home for IU against Southern University, Western Kentucky and Chattanooga.

During Thanksgiving weekend, IU will travel to Moraga, California, for the St. Mary’s Classic. The Hoosiers will play UAB and St. Mary’s. The next week, IU will play Louisville in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. IU will play at home against Auburn on December 3 and travel to Northern Kentucky on December 5.

The final home nonconference opponent will be December 9 against North Texas.

After finals week, IU will play in the inaugural West Palm Invitational in West Palm Beach, Fla. where they will meet Virginia and Missouri. A road contest against Yale is IU’s last nonconference game on December 21.

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