FORT WAYNE, Ind. – IPFW head coach Chris Paul has announced the women’s basketball program’s 2014-15 schedule, which features seven opponents who played in the postseason last year, along with two games against Big Ten opponents, and a Big 12 opponent. The schedule features seven non-conference home games along with eight Summit League home contests.
Coming off their second postseason appearance under Paul, the Mastodons open the season on November 14 at Big Ten opponent Illinois. It will be the fourth meeting between the two programs, and the first visit to Champaign for the ‘Dons since 2006.
IPFW opens its home schedule against Grace on November 18 at 11:30 a.m. as part of the annual Fitness Day Challenge. The Mastodons will also play host to Evansville on November 21, before heading east for their first meeting with USC Upstate (Nov. 23) and Costal Carolina (Nov. 25).
The ‘Dons open December with home games against Detroit (Dec. 2) and Northern Kentucky (Dec. 6), with a road trip to Chicago State sandwiched in-between (Dec. 4).
IPFW heads back out on the road to take on Indiana (Dec. 10) followed by a game at defending Big 12 regular season co-champion, West Virginia (Dec. 13). Both teams made the postseason last year, West Virginia the NCAA Tournament, and Indiana the WNIT. The Mastodons fell to the Hoosiers by five points at home last season, and it will be the first time the ‘Dons and Mountaineers have squared off.
The 2014 calendar year comes to a close with three consecutive home games against Oakland (Dec. 22), Milwaukee (Dec. 28), and Trine (Dec. 30).
The new year kicks off with IPFW’s Summit League opener in the Gates Sports Center against Western Illinois (Jan. 2) before traveling to Indianapolis on January 4 to face IUPUI.
Other Summit League home contests include: South Dakota State (Jan. 9), Oral Roberts (Jan. 11), South Dakota (Jan. 22), Denver (Jan. 24), Omaha (Jan. 29), IUPUI (Feb. 11), and North Dakota State (Feb. 21) for a Pink Out game.
The 2015 Summit League Championship begins on March 7 at the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.