SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced its 2019-20 women’s basketball league schedule Friday morning. The SoCon’s eight women’s basketball teams will all play double-round-robin, 14-game intraleague schedules, totaling 56 league contests. Conference play begins on January 9 with all eight teams in action.
In total, 24 conference games take place in January and 32 contests in February. All conference matchups are set for Thursday and Saturday. The regular season concludes with four conference showdowns on Feb. 29.
The Ingles Southern Conference Basketball Championship presented by General Shale will be held March 5-8 at Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville (the moniker the U.S. Cellular Center will assume Jan. 1)) in Asheville, North Carolina. Tickets will go on sale Friday, Nov. 1.
Mercer is the defending regular-season and tournament champion after going 14-0 in regular-season play for the second straight season and downing No. 2 Furman 66-63 in the championship final. The Bears fell 66-61 in a tightly contested contest at No. 2 seed Iowa in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Full broadcast schedules will be announced later, but all eight schools’ home games will air on either ESPN3 or ESPN+ if not selected for national or regional broadcast.
The 36th season of Southern Conference basketball opens Tuesday, Nov. 5, with five teams – ETSU, Mercer, Samford, UNC Greensboro and Western Carolina – in action. Furman, Chattanooga and Wofford get underway under Wednesday, Nov. 6.
For the composite league schedule, click here. The full composite schedule will be posted when it has been completed.