JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville women's basketball released it's schedule of games for the 2018-19 season. The team competes in 29 contests this season including 13 non-conference matchups and it's typical home-and-homes with ASUN opponents. The non-conference portion of the schedule comes front loaded with power-five competition and several 20-win teams from a season ago.
Jacksonville opens the season Nov. 7 in Swisher Gymnasium against Webber International, who the Dolphins handled 64-43 in 2017. The team then hits the road for the majority of November, paying visit to SEC and ACC power houses Texas A&M and Florida State, a pair of heavyweight opponents that each won 26 games last season.
"The teams in the ASUN Conference are all unique in their approach, style of play, and makeup, so we had to make sure that we were preparing ourselves for that with our non-conference scheduling," said Jacksonville's first-year head coach Darnell Haney.
Following the Thanksgiving holiday the Dolphins will take part in the first of two tournaments on the schedule. The team visits Charleston, S.C. for the Charleston Southern Thanksgiving Invitational, which boasts teams such as Tennessee Tech and Old Dominion.
The Dolphins wont return to Swisher again until Nov. 28 when they play host to Bethune-Cookman for a second consecutive season. The month of December kicks off with a trip to the Big Ten's Penn State, but the Dolphins will spend the holidays in Florida taking part in the UNF Christmas Classic Dec. 20 and 21. Featured teams include Alabama A&M and Warner University.
Following the holiday break Jacksonville plays two more non-conference opponents, including a home game with 2018 NCAA tournament team Mercer.
Jacksonville, who cruised to a 12-2 record in the ASUN last season, enters conference play on Jan. 5 with Lipscomb coming to town.
"With two additional programs joining the conference our schedule and logistical planning have changed. As always, we're excited about every opportunity this season will give us to go out and play JU basketball," said Haney.
Both Liberty University and North Alabama joined the ASUN conference this year after each program posted over 20 wins a season ago.
The Dolphins will be looking for a bit of revenge on Feb. 2 as they travel to Fort Myers, Fla. for a rematch of last season's ASUN Championship game in which Jacksonville fell 68-58 to FGCU. Jacksonville also closes out the regular season by hosting the Eagles on March 2.