Southeast Women's Basketball Releases 2007-08 Schedule
Aug. 29, 2007
By Corey Miggins, Assistant Sports Information Director
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State women's basketball has the released its upcoming 2007-08 game schedule, announced this afternoon second-year head coach John Ishee. This year's schedule features a pair of contests against teams that advanced deep in last year's NCAA Tournament in Baylor and Purdue, two games at a tournament hosted by New Mexico State and the 20-game Ohio Valley Conference schedule.
"We have arguably the toughest schedule in the history of the program at the Division I level with games against perennial NCAA Tournament teams like Baylor and Purdue," said Ishee. "Our non-conference schedule will be tough this year starting with the season opener against Tulsa, and we play a very competitive tournament at New Mexico State in November. Additionally, the rigors of a 20-game OVC schedule will be very difficult, as I feel the OVC will be much deeper than a year ago."
Southeast welcomes back eight letterwinners from last season's team that finished with a 24-8 record, the best Division I ledger in program history. The Redhawks also claimed its second straight OVC regular-season crown with a 16-4 mark along with winning the OVC Tournament title for the second year in a row and earned a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
After playing an exhibition game against NAIA school Auburn-Montgomery on Nov. 1, the Redhawks open the season with a pair of home contests at the Show Me Center versus Tulsa on Nov. 10 and NCAA Division II Henderson State on Nov. 13 before playing their first road game of the year at Central Arkansas on Nov. 17. Southeast returns to the Show Me Center on Nov. 20 for a non-conference match-up against Cumberland University, who advanced to the NAIA Division I national championship game last season.
The Redhawks travel to Las Cruces, New Mexico on Thanksgiving weekend to compete in the NMSU Thanksgiving Classic for their first in-season tournament in nearly two years, facing Texas State (Nov. 23) and Northern Colorado (Nov. 24) with both games starting at 5 p.m. Southeast welcomes 2007 NCAA Sweet 16 participant Baylor to the Show Me Center on Nov. 29 in a rematch from last season's meeting in Waco, Texas.
The Redhawks travel Indiana to meet Purdue, the defending Big Ten tournament champions and 2007 NCAA Elite Eight participant, for the first time on Dec. 2 at Mackey Arena. It will mark the first time that Southeast has taken on an opponent from the Big Ten conference in school history. After opening the OVC schedule at home against Tennessee State (Dec. 6) and Tennessee Tech (Dec. 8), the Redhawks head to Alabama before semester break with a pair of conference games at Samford (Dec. 18) and Jacksonville State (Dec. 20) before closing out 2007 at home with a Dec. 29 match-up against Buffalo.
Southeast opens 2008 by playing four of its next five games on the road (Eastern Illinois, Austin Peay, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech) sandwiched in-between a home meeting with Murray State on Jan. 7 in a rematch of last season's OVC tournament final. The Redhawks close the month of January with Morehead State (Jan. 24) at home and Murray State (Jan. 26) on the road.
Following a Feb. 2 home game against Tennessee-Martin, Southeast hits the road to play three of its next four contests against Morehead State (Feb. 7), Eastern Kentucky (Feb. 9) and UT Martin (Feb. 14) before closing the regular season with a four-game homestand that concludes with a March 1 meeting with Jacksonville State.
"I expect us to have 29 battles on the court this season," Ishee added. "We will need everything we have as a program in order to win those battles."
The 2008 OVC Tournament begins on March 4 with four first-round contests on campus sites before heading to the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., on March 7-8 for the semifinal and championship games. The winner will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament which starts on March 22.