Northern Kentucky’s women’s basketball team announced its nonconference slate of opponents for the 2018-19 season, which features 10 opponents against which the Norse will tune up in preparation for the Horizon League schedule. NKU will also host Pikeville in an exhibition game to give fans a first glimpse of the squad.
“This year’s nonconference schedule is sure to test our team in the 2018-19 season,” said head coach Camryn Whitaker. “Playing in two tournaments, we feel, will help us prepare for the Horizon League Tournament in March, where we’ll play games on consecutive days. I’m also excited to host the reigning Ohio Valley Conference champions, the Belmont Bruins, to BB&T Arena in November, which should provide a great challenge. We’ll hit the road in December to take on a 2017-18 Final Four team, Louisville, which is coached by NKU alum Jeff Walz. Having the opportunity to play in an arena with a great atmosphere in our home state will be an unbelievable experience for our team.”
“Our three freshmen, all Kentucky natives with two from right here in Northern Kentucky, are adding some valuable pieces to last year’s roster and I can’t wait to see how we can put it all together,” she continued. “This will be a year of growth and development for our young basketball team, 10 of which are freshmen and sophomores, and I couldn’t be more excited to build and continue our process!”
- The Norse host Pikeville on Sunday, Nov. 4 before opening up the season at home three days later when NKU welcomes Alderson-Broaddus to BB&T Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
- NKU heads into tournament action early on at the Kent State Classic on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17. The Norse square off with a pair of Mid-American Conference opponents, first taking on host Kent State on Friday before a tilt with Akron on Saturday.
- On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the Norse are back at home against tough competition when they host Belmont, which was ranked as high as No. 22 nationally in the AP Top 25 last year.
- Following Thanksgiving weekend, NKU takes on a pair of nonconference opponents from a season ago when it travels to Austin Peay on Monday, Nov. 26, before hosting Illinois State in the final home contest of the 2018 calendar year on Friday, Dec. 7.
- NKU takes on its highest-ranked Division I opponent to date on Saturday, Dec. 15, making the short trip to No. 4 Louisville to play a Cardinal team that is fresh off a Final Four appearance.
- The nonconference schedule concludes in Rhode Island at the Friar Holiday Classic, hosted by Providence on Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 19-21. The Norse open up the tournament against LaSalle on Wednesday, followed by the host Friars on Thursday, and wrap up action on the East Coast versus Pepperdine on Friday afternoon.
- The Norse roster features nine players who saw action in the 2017-18 season and welcome three freshmen in addition to Kennedy Archer, who is eligible for the 2018-19 season after sitting out last year per NCAA transfer rules.
- NKU returns 81.9 percent of its scoring offense from a season ago, led by junior guard Molly Glick, who netted 12.4 points per game. Kailey Coffey chipped in 9.2 ppg and led the team with 6.0 rebounds per game, garnering Horizon League All-Freshman honors in her first season as a Norse.
- The freshman class is full of local talent with Ally Niece, Taylor Clos and Emmy Souder. The trio includes a Miss Kentucky Basketball candidate in Clos and a two-time state champion in Souder, while Niece is back on the court after missing the senior year of an illustrious career due to injury.
- Season tickets are available for $67 for adults and $51 for youth ages 13-17. All Norse Kids Club members are admitted free. For more information, visit NorseTickets.com or contact Micki Ford at (859) 572-7848 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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