The Ball State women's basketball program has released its 2013-14 schedule.
The Cardinals will face six teams in non-conference action that were postseason participants in 2012-13. Louisville and Purdue both went to the NCAA Tournament last season, while Auburn, Western Kentucky and Wyoming played in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and Detroit in the Women’s Basketball Invitational.
“We are excited about the challenges that this schedule presents my team,” Ball State head coach Brady Sallee, says. “Clearly we are going to have to perform at a high level and develop road toughness. Although, we don't have many non-conference home games, we do have quality. We will be playing a very good Western Kentucky team along with Pitt out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. We also face last year's national runner-up, Louisville and hopefully we will have Worthen Arena jumping."
An exhibition game will be played Oct. 30 against Oakland City at 7 p.m. Ball State will then open the regular season at reigning Big Ten champion Purdue, Nov. 10 in West Lafayette, Ind. Another scheduling highlight for the Cardinals this season is when they host Louisville, in Worthen Arena Dec 17.
Pittsburgh comes to Worthen Arena for the first time in school history Nov. 14. The Cardinals then head out on the road for the remainder of the month, playing at Evansville Nov. 20, and 2013 WBI champion Detroit Nov. 23, before closing out the month at the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas, Nev., against Auburn Nov. 29 and Tennessee Tech Nov. 30.
The Cardinals will host Western Kentucky Dec. 7 before heading out to Laramie, Wy., to take on the Wyoming Cowgirls Dec. 1. The Cardinals finish non-conference action at Northern Kentucky Dec. 21 and at IPFW Dec. 29 before Mid-American Conference competition begins.
Ball State opens MAC action on the road at Akron Jan. 4 and will end MAC play at home against Toledo March 8.
The Ball State women's basketball team finished the 2012-13 season with a 17-16 overall record and a 12-4 MAC mark, earning them the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2009. The Cardinals knocked off Big Ten foe Minnesota and defeated Northern Iowa in the WNIT to advance to the Final 16.