Head coach Ginger Colvin has announced her Lady Tiger basketball schedule for 2017-18, which features four non-conference tournaments including a Christmas break road trip to The Aloha State.
Colvin, who enters her 11th season at the helm, is once again leading the Lady Tigers after their second NAIA Fab Four appearance in three years. CU finished last season with a 28-7 record and ranked No. 10 in the final NAIA Coaches’ Poll before finishing as one of the final four teams left standing in late March. The Lady Tigers reached the Big Dance for an NAIA-record 24 times.
Colvin has compiled a 273-73 (.789) record in her first 10 years and is ranked No. 14 on the DI Women’s Basketball Winningest Active Coaches list. The Lady Tiger program ranks No. 4 in history with 933 all-time wins since the inception of the program in 1974-74.
The 2017-18 slate has a few changes that include moving all Mid-South Conference games to the spring semester, which opened the entire fall schedule for Colvin to fill. With the 16 non-conference games scheduled up to January 2, half of those will be against opponents ranked in the final NAIA Coaches’ Poll last season.
And that doesn’t even count games against Mid-South Conference foes – which year-in and year-out send five teams to the NAIA Tournament.
CU tips off the season with four road games. CU faces Carver Bible College in Lebanon, Tenn. on Nov. 1. Before traveling to the second-annual Mid-South Conference/Southern States Challenge to square off with Blue Mountain College and Martin Methodist College on Nov. 9-10.
The new four games will feature three road games once again. CU travels to Bethel University, which finished ranked No. 18 in last year’s poll, on Nov. 11. The Lady Tigers turn right back around with their first home game in Powell Athletic Center on Nov. 14, as Talladega College is seeking to avenge a loss CU handed it in the first round of the NAIA Tournament last season.
Once again, the Lady Tigers hit the road for the University of Pikeville Classic to face West Virginia Tech and Central Methodist University on Nov. 17-18. CMU finished the year ranked No. 20 and also made an NAIA Tournament appearance last season.
CU will then head to the historic Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn. for the second annual Jackson Rotary Champions Classic. Opponents have not been announced but last season CU faced John Brown University and No. 2 Westmont – splitting the two games.
The Lady Tigers return to the Powell Athletic Center on Nov. 28 and Dec. 16 to host Simmons College and Hiwassee, respectively, before heading to The Aloha State for the Hawaii Classic. CU will face Menlo College and Wayland Baptist on Dec. 20-21 just before Christmas. WBU finished the year ranked No. 15.
On January 6, 2018, the Lady Tigers enter MSC play as rival Georgetown College travels to the Powell Athletic Center. Overall, CU will play six games – three teams – against conference foes that reached the NAIA Tournament last year.
The Lady Tigers have a total of 12 home games and 18 on the road. A complete schedule can be found on the schedule link above.
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Jordan Alves
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