by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team and head coach John Carrick released the 2009-10 schedule today (Aug. 20), which features four teams who finished in the top 25 for the 2008-09 campaign. Among the four are fellow Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opponents Clayton State University and Francis Marion University.
Georgia College will kick things off Oct. 14 with Midnight Madness, the annual event that marks the start of NCAA basketball practice.
The Bobcat women start off the season with exhibitions against two Division I programs. GCSU will face Mercer University in Macon, Ga. Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. The Bobcats then travel to Alabama where they will take on Auburn University at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.
The regular season begins Monday, Nov. 16 for the Bobcats as they host Lenoir-Rhyne University at 7 p.m. Georgia College then travels to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to face Barry University and Nova Southeastern University at the Nova Southeastern Tipoff Classic. GCSU then travels to Columbus, Ga. the next weekend for the Columbus State University Classic taking on Carson-Newman College and Tusculum College.
Georgia College kicks-off the month of the December hosting Edward Waters College Tuesday, Dec. 1 with a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Bobcats will spend back-to-back Saturdays in the Carolinas Dec. 5 and 12 with trips to Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory, N.C. and USC Aiken. GCSU will close out the month with its third tournament of the season. The third annual Craig Massee Real Estate Classic is set for Tuesday, Dec. 29 and Wednesday, Dec. 30 in the Centennial Center as the Bobcats battle Lincoln Memorial University and Tuskegee University.
Conference play begins Monday, Jan. 4 for Georgia College at Lander University. The Bobcats travel to Morrow, Ga. Saturday, Jan. 9 to take on Clayton State at 1:30 p.m. GCSU returns home Wednesday, Jan. 13 to face the Hurricanes of Georgia Southwestern with the storm scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. After the clouds part, the Bobcats hit the road for a four game hiatus, where they will visit Armstrong Atlantic State University, Columbus State, the University of Montevallo and Flagler College.
Georgia College will return home Friday, Jan. 29 taking on Francis Marion at 5:30 p.m., kicking off a four game homestand. During the four-game stretch, the Centennial Center will also see UNC Pembroke, North Georgia and Clayton State.
GCSU is on the road again Thursday, Feb. 11 to take on Augusta State University at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 the Bobcats will host USC Aiken before traveling to Georgia Southwestern Wednesday, Feb. 17.
The ‘Cats then return to Milledgeville to celebrate Homecoming Saturday, Feb. 20 battling Columbus State at 1:30 p.m. Georgia College will close out its home schedule Wednesday, Feb. 24 against Montevallo for Senior Day with a tip-off time of 5:30 p.m.
The Bobcats will finish the regular season on the road at North Georgia before traveling to Aiken, S.C. for the PBC Tournament.
The ‘Cats are fresh off the 2008-09 campaign, a 17-11 season that saw the Bobcats reach as high as No. 6 in the NCAA Regional Rankings. GCSU graduated three players last year, including leading scorer Tiauna Brantley. However, it retains the services of senior point guard Shandrea Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), an All-Peach Belt Second Team selection.
The GCSU Department of Athletics, winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.