Murray State women’s basketball head coach Rechelle Turner announced the 2018-19 schedule that sees her second team take on big challenges including games with Butler of the Big East, Illinois of the Big-10 and a pair of Southeastern Conference teams, Kentucky and Tennessee. The Racers’ home slate features the opener at the CFSB Center (Nov. 7) with Evansville and a run of seven games in the first 10 on their home court. When the Racers get to the Ohio Valley Conference season, they’ll be looking to make a run at the title over the course of the 18-game race.

“Our non-conference schedule is very challenging,” Turner said. “Our players are excited about the opportunities and experience they will gain as they square off with teams from the SEC, the Big East, and the Big Ten on the road in November and December.”

Turner also wants her team to play tough competition early, challenge for the OVC title and experience playing in the great atmosphere of the CFSB Center.

“We’re looking forward to introducing our young and talented team to the best fans in college basketball inside the CFSB Center with a non-conference home schedule that includes critical tests against regional Missouri Valley rivals Evansville and Southern Illinois,” Turner added. “We believe the only way to prepare ourselves for a rigorous OVC campaign is to compete at the highest level in November and December. We look forward to the support of Racer Nation as our young women work to create their own championship culture in the OVC.”

November starts with an exhibition game (Nov. 1) against Lindsey Wilson and then the aforementioned regular season opener (Nov. 7) with Evansville. The rest of the month has MSU at home (Nov. 10) with Oakland City before taking to the road for the first time to take on Butler in Indianapolis (Nov. 13), a home clash with Lipscomb (Nov. 20) and a road game at Arkansas State (Nov. 27).

Alabama A&M comes to the CFSB Center (Dec. 1) to face the Racers and MSU hits the road (Dec. 11) for a game at Illinois. After a home games with Bethel (Dec. 13) and (Dec. 18) with Southern Illinois, the Racers travel to Kentucky and then Tennessee (Dec. 21 & 28).

The Racers begin 2019 OVC play with Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky at the CFSB Center (Jan. 3 & 5). MSU has the next four games away from home as they visit UT Martin (Jan. 10), SE Missouri (Jan. 12), Eastern Illinois (Jan. 17) and SIUE (Jan. 19). MSU finishes January at home against Belmont and Tennessee State (Jan. 24 & 26) and a road game at Jacksonville State (Jan. 31).

February has the Racers at Tennessee Tech (Feb. 2) before coming home for EIU and SIUE (Feb. 7 & 9). It’s back on the road (Feb. 14 & 16) for games at Eastern Kentucky and Austin Peay. The Racers close out the regular season UTM and SEMO at home (Feb. 21 & 23), at Morehead State (Feb. 28) and APSU at home (March 2).

The Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana will host the OVC tournament again (March 6-9).

Parker Griffith

Athletic Media Relations Assistant (FB, Rifle, SB)

Murray State University

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