MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Dotted with six teams that made it to the 2007-08 NCAA Tournament and three nationally-ranked squads, the Georgia College & State University women's basketball program and head coach John Carrick released its 2008-09 schedule today (June 17).
Play begins at the CSU Tip-Off Tournament, hosted by Columbus State University. The teams are to be determined, but the Bobcats know they will play Tugaloo College on day two of the tourney, Sunday Nov. 16.
The home portion of the 2008-09 schedule starts Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. when the Lady Bobcats take on Lenoir-Rhyne College. After returning the favor at LRC Dec. 1, Georgia College starts Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play at NCAA Tournament participant Augusta State University Monday, Dec. 15.
The Second-Annual Craig Massee Real Estate Classic comes next, as four teams converge on the Centennial Center. GCSU will take on No. 10 and defending region champion Wingate University Monday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m., finishing up against Newberry College the next day at 3 p.m.
One final non-conference contest remains, as the Lady Bobcats battle No. 15 and South Region finalist Valdosta State University at home Saturday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. The conference slate is favorable for the Lady ‘Cats, as they have no more than two games in a row on the road, but two different stretches of three consecutive home games.
Highlights include PBC Tournament Champion Lander University coming to the Centennial Center Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m., and the annual Homecoming celebration Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. against Francis Marion University. The Lady ‘Cats head to No. 24 Clayton State University Monday, Jan. 5, and return the favor at home against the Lakers Monday, Jan. 19.
Senior Day for GCSU will come Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. against UNC Pembroke, the end of a three-game home stretch. The Bobcats will honor three seniors next season, forwards Emily Bixler (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Tiauna Brantley (Woodstock, Ga.) and Tonishia Wimbish (Ellenwood, Ga.). The final regular-season contest is set for Saturday, Feb. 28 at USC Aiken.
The Lady Bobcats look to improve upon 13-15 with an 8-12 conference mark in 2007-08, the first losing season for Georgia College since 2002-03. Freshman Dominique Huffin (Tucker, Ga.) was named both the PBC Freshman of the Year and a member of the Division II Bulletin National All-Freshman Team after completing one of the best rookie seasons in program history. Six newcomers will join the seven returning players for this season.
The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 NCAA Division II athletic programs over three seasons. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.