The Winthrop women’s basketball team, which is expected to challenge for a Big South Conference title in 2013-14, will play a 29-game regular season schedule that includes 14 home contests.
Under the leadership of second-year coach Kevin Cook, Winthrop will open its season on Nov. 10 when College of Charleston comes to Winthrop Coliseum during homecoming weekend.
“We have put together a very challenging schedule that will prepare us for our Big South action,” said Cook, who guided the Eagles to a NCAA Div. I school-record 21 victories and a first-round WNIT victory over Florida Gulf Coast, Winthrop’s first postseason win as a NCAA member. “I believe our fans will be happy that we will have 14 home games this season. In addition, three of our road games are within a 90-minute drive.”
In addition to the battle with the Cougars, Winthrop will host Saint Louis (Nov. 18) and William & Mary (Nov. 23), N.C. Central (Jan. 7), and 10 Big South foes, highlighted by perennial league favorite Liberty on Jan. 16.
The Eagles close out the regular season at home against High Point (Feb. 27) and Campbell (Mar. 1) before heading to Coastal Carolina for the 2014 Big South Conference Championship Tournament (Mar. 4-9).
The road schedule will test the Eagles who will be led by two-time Big South player of the year Dequesha McClanahan, a senior point guard who is the odds-on favorite to be the preseason player of the year when that honor is announced Oct. 24 during Big South Basketball Media Day in Myrtle Beach.
Winthrop’s nonconference road schedule will give fans a chance to travel to watch the Eagles. Nearby games include Davidson (Nov. 15), Charlotte (Nov. 26) and South Carolina (Dec. 20). The Eagles will also participate in the Robert Morris Tournament (Nov. 29-30) in Moon Township, Pa., which is near Pittsburgh.