BEAUMONT, Texas – A date with the defending national champions, an 18-game Southland Conference slate of doubleheaders with the men’s basketball team and a five-game homestand near the end of the season highlight the 2012-13 Lamar University women’s basketball schedule.
The Lady Cardinals open the season Nov. 9 at Baylor. It’s the second straight year the Lady Cardinals will be the opening game for the defending national champions. In 2011, the Lady Cards served as the opening opponent for Texas A&M.
Lamar opens the home portion of its schedule on Nov. 12 when UT Tyler comes to the Montagne Center for the first of five non-conference home games. The Lady Cardinals are unbeaten in their last 33 non-conference home contests.
Centenary (La.), Our Lady of the Lake, Northwood and future Southland Conference opponent Houston Baptist are the other non-conference teams headed to Beaumont this year.
The Lady Cardinals have a tough non-league road schedule that in addition to Baylor, includes Texas Tech, Rice and Mississippi.
“We have a very tough schedule, especially on the road,” Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. “It will get us ready for the conference season.”
Lamar opens conference play Jan. 3 at Stephen F. Austin. The first SLC home game is on Jan. 7, as Southeastern Louisiana comes to the Montagne Center. This season, all Southland Conference games will be doubleheaders with the men’s team. Lamar will play each conference team twice during the regular season.
“I love the double-round robin format in the league this year,” Tidwell said. “I also like the doubleheaders this season. I think it brings a new dimension to the games. It’s a chance for more people to see us play.”
The Lady Cardinals close the home season on March 2, when they host Southland Conference newcomer Oral Roberts before wrapping up the regular season with games at Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana. The Southland Conference Tournament is scheduled for March 13-16 in Katy, Texas.
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