South Carolina State women’s basketball Coach Audra Smith has announced the 2019-20 women’s basketball schedule with only 13 home games and non-conference opponents.
Smith will have a whole new look this year as the Lady Bulldogs welcome 10 newcomers along with four letter winners, including All-MEAC forward Taylor Brown.
“Well first of all I am blessed to be starting another year here at South Carolina State,” Smith said. “We have another very competitive schedule along with basically a new team. I am very eager to get things going with my team so we can put in the work needed to compete for a MEAC championship.”
S.C. State opens the season at home against Presbyterian College on Nov.5, followed by a trip to Charleston Southern in Summerville on Nov. 9, then returning home to host Radford on Nov. 12th.
The Lady Bulldogs return to the road for a contest with UNC-Wilmington on Nov.16 before coming back to Orangeburg to host College of Charleston on Nov. 19 and taking a trip out west to take on UNLV in Las Vegas on Nov. 23.
A pair of non-conference matchups with North Dakota on Nov. 29 and Mercer University on Dec. 1 pit Smith’s team back at home before a rigorous eight-game road trip, beginning with UNC-Asheville on Dec. 8 and USC-Upstate on Dec.14.
S.C. State then makes a trip to Georgia State on Dec. 21 and North Alabama on Dec. 22 in Atlanta. After the holidays, they travel to Coastal Carolina on Dec. 29.
SCSU opens the new year with a three-game MEAC road swing, beginning with Coppin State on Jan. 4 and Morgan State on Jan. 6, before a Jan. 13game vs. Howard. The Lady Bulldogs return home to host Florida A&M on Jan. 18 and Maryland Eastern Shore on Jan. 20 before traveling to Norfolk State on Jan. 25.
Smith and the Lady Bulldogs resume MEAC play on Jan. 27 when they play host to Bethune-Cookman, followed by road trips to North Carolina for league competition against N.C. Central on Feb. 1 and North Carolina A&T on Feb. 3.
A three-game home stand finds the Lady Bulldogs hosting Delaware State on Feb. 10, Coppin State on Feb. 15 and Morgan State on Feb. 17, before hitting the road to face Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 22 and Florida A&M on Feb. 24.
The Lady Bulldogs close out the regular season at home with North Carolina Central on Feb. 29 and North Carolina A&T on March 2.
The 2019 MEAC Basketball Tournament will be March 9-14 at the Norfolk Scope Arena.
Claflin opens volleyball season
After more than a month of practice and scrimmages, the Claflin University women’s volleyball team will open its 2019 campaign this Saturday, Sept. 13, at Paine College in Augusta, Ga. First serve is set for 2 p.m. at the HEAL Complex on the Paine College campus.
The Lady Panthers will be looking to bounce back from a 6-17 season from a year ago.
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Claflin cross country opens season
After having its season opener delayed a week due to Hurricane Dorian, the Claflin University men’s and women’s cross-country teams will open the 2019 campaign at the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational, Saturday. The meet will be held at the Winthrop Coliseum and Farm in Rock Hill. Admission is free.
This year's meet consists of 15 men's teams and 11 women's teams, with two of those teams holding national rankings. Charlotte is ranked eighth in the Southeast Region and Charleston Southern holds the 11th.
Both Claflin teams will return to action on when they travel to the Erskine College Invitational.
Saturday S.C. college football
Furman at Virginia Tech, noon
Citadel at Georgia Tech, 12:30 p.m.
Florida Tech at Newberry, 1 p.m.
Norfolk State at Coastal Carolina, 2 p.m.
North Greenville at Western Carolina, 3:30
Samford at Wofford, 6 p.m.
N.C. A&T at Charleston Southern, 6 p.m.
Johnson C. Smith at Benedict, 6 p.m.
Jacksonville at Presbyterian, 7 p.m.