BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State women’s basketball unveiled its 2019-20 non-conference schedule, featuring three home games and five contests against postseason opponents.
App State is coming off its best season in recent history, finishing 22-14 for its best record since the 2011-12 campaign while capturing a second Women’s Basketball Invitational championship. The Mountaineers return 12 players from last season including four of five starters along with four newcomers.
Head coach Angel Elderkin and the staff put together a rigid non-conference slate that will prepare the Mountaineers for the always formidable Sun Belt schedule. Nine of the 12 contests are away from Boone, while the Apps’ non-conference foes combined for a .611 winning percentage and four of the five postseason squads went to the NCAA Tournament.
App State will tipoff the campaign with three consecutive road games following its Oct. 30 exhibition against Lees-McRae inside the Holmes Center. Two of the three opening contests are against teams that earned a postseason trip.
The season opener pits two of the top five most improved teams against each other from ’18-19 on Nov. 5, where App State will travel to Richmond, Va. to face VCU in the season opener. The Rams were tied for the highest win improvement going from seven to 24 wins, while App State increased its win total by 14 games (8 to 22). The two opponents were two of the six teams to go from single-digit to 20 wins in one season. VCU went to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament as well.
After a Nov. 13 date against Elon on the road, the Mountaineers will take on perennial powerhouse, South Carolina, on Nov. 17 in Columbia. The Gamecocks advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 before falling to eventual national champion, Baylor.
Appalachian opens its home schedule on Nov. 22 against Gardner-Webb, which will begin a stretch of three straight games. The rivalry against ETSU is renewed three days later on Nov. 25 before the Mountaineers close out the homestand against the reigning SoCon champions and NCAA Tournament participant, Mercer.
App will close out non-conference action on the road in four different states. Wofford awaits the Mountaineers on Dec. 4 followed by a showdown against a Michigan squad that finished 22-12 last season en route to the NCAA Tournament. Stetson will host the three-day Mad Hatter Classic from Dec. 18-20. The Black and Gold will face MEAC Tournament champions Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 19 before taking on Canisius a day later to conclude the weekend.
UNCG in Greensboro on Dec. 29 rounds out the non-conference slate.
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