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Road Tilts at Virginia and Duke Highlight Women's Basketball's 2017-18 Schedule

UNCGSpartans.com 09-05-2017

GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG women’s basketball head coach Trina Patterson has announced the Spartans’ 29-game slate for the 2017-18 season. In all, the Blue and Gold will play 15 games at Fleming Gymnasium and hit the road for 14 contests.

Information on season tickets can be accessed by clicking the “tickets” tab at UNCGSpartans.com or by visiting the ticket office at Fleming Gymnasium Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission season tickets are available for $35 for adults and $25 for children ages 3-12 and seniors 65 and older.

Additionally, all season ticket holders for UNCG men’s basketball receive complimentary season tickets for all 15 games for the women’s team. For more information concerning tickets, please contact the UNCG ticket office at 336-334-3250 or via email at alrich@uncg.edu.

UNCG starts things off with a robust and challenging slate of non-conference games.

“We’re really excited about our 15 non-conference games,” said Patterson. “Highlighting the non-conference schedule are our eight home games. We have a great home court advantage at Fleming Gymnasium, where we went 12-4 last year and 6-1 in the SoCon. We’re looking to build off of that and continue to give the city of Greensboro a great product on our home floor.”

The Spartans kick off the non-conference portion of their schedule on Nov. 10 at home against Southern Wesleyan before hosting Greensboro College Nov. 12. UNCG will then set off on a two-game road trip to Coastal Carolina Nov. 14 and Eastern Kentucky Nov. 18.

Looking to avenge a 65-54 defeat from a year ago, the Spartans host VCU Nov. 21 in Greensboro, with the Fighting Camels of Campbell visiting Fleming Gymnasium a few days later on Nov. 25. UNCG closes out the month of November on the 28th, hoping to avenge another loss from the 2016-17 season when battling a talented Radford squad on the road.

The Spartans open December with a bang, taking on a pair of Power Five programs from the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference in road battles. On Dec. 2, UNCG makes way for Charlottesville, Virginia to take on the Cavaliers of Virginia for the first time since 2003. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Patterson, who starred for UVA during her playing career from 1983-87.

The Blue and Gold will face off against Duke at vaunted Cameron Indoor Stadium on Nov. 7. It will be the first visit to Durham, North Carolina for the Spartans since the 2007-08 season, an 83-39 win for the then 10th ranked Blue Devils. UNCG last faced two ACC member schools during the 2013-14 season, taking on Florida State and Clemson.

“We will have a tremendous test facing two ACC road games at Virginia and Duke,” continued Patterson. “We’re excited to play those two teams with UVA going to the NIT last year and Duke earning an NCAA bid. Our road game at Radford will be another tough test. They were regular season champions in the Big South and also went to the NIT. So we have three opponents on our non-conference schedule who made it to the postseason a year ago.”

UNCG returns to the Gate City on Dec. 11 against Murray State prior to a road matchup with Norfolk State Dec. 15. Tusculum comes to Fleming Gymnasium Dec. 19 before UNCG hits the road once again to face Presbyterian on the 21st. The Spartans conclude non-conference play with a pair of home games against High Point and Lees McRae, slotted for Dec. 28 and 31, respectively.

“We’re really excited about the competition level we have for our non-conference schedule,” said Patterson. “We’ll have to be ready early, which will prepare us well for conference play.”

With the start of 2018 comes Southern Conference action for UNCG, starting with road battles with defending champion Chattanooga and ETSU on Jan. 4 and 6. The Spartans will then host a pair of home games versus Wofford and Furman on the 11th and 13th.

On Jan. 18, UNCG battles the only SoCon foe to pull off a sweep of the season series over the Spartans last season when travelling to Macon, Georgia to face Mercer. The Blue and Gold stay on the road for the next two contests, taking on Samford and Western Carolina on the 20th and 27th, respectively.

UNCG returns to Fleming Gymnasium Feb. 1 and 3, hosting ETSU and Chattanooga before hitting the road for Greenville, South Carolina to take on Furman on the 8th. Two days later, the Spartans make the short trip over to Spartanburg, South Carolina for a meeting with the Wofford Terriers.

Hitting the final stretch of the season, the Spartans play host to Samford and Mercer on Feb. 15 and 17. UNCG closes out the regular season at home, facing Western Carolina Feb. 24.

“The Southern Conference has earned the respect of the nation with its play over the last few years and that’s demonstrated by its RPI ranking of 16,” said Patterson. “Chattanooga and Mercer are two excellent teams that we’re chasing but we’re right there and we look forward to competing for a conference championship this season. 

If the 2016-17 season was any indication, the future is bright for the Spartans under the direction of Patterson and Co. UNCG achieved its first 20-win season since 2006-07, including a 7-7 record in SoCon play. Led by three All-SoCon honorees, the Blue and Gold went on a postseason run, advancing to the championship game of the Women’s Basketball Invitational.

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