LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Southern College women's basketball will play 16 home games in 2019-20, including seven against opponents that advanced to last year's NCAA Division II Tournament. In addition to an always-challenging Sunshine State Conference slate, the Moccasins will play one of the toughest non-conference schedules in recent memory.
The Mocs begin the season by hosting the annual GSC/SSC Challenge, where they will face Alabama-Huntsville (Nov. 8) and Lee (Nov. 9) before capping off a four-game homestand against Flagler (Nov. 13) and Bentley (Nov. 16).
The two-time defending SSC champions open conference action with road games at Embry-Riddle (Nov. 20) and Barry (Nov. 23) and will play their SSC home-opener against Saint Leo (Dec. 4). The Moccasins will play their final two non-conference games against Lindenwood (Dec. 19) and Drury (Dec. 20) at the Terrace Hotel Classic.
The remainder of the schedule is all SSC contests, including crucial home matchups with Nova Southeastern (Jan. 4), Tampa (Jan. 22), Embry-Riddle (Feb. 1), and Eckerd (Feb. 19) in the home finale.
This year's slate of opponents combined to go 288-187 a year ago, with seven teams (Bentley, Drury, Eckerd, Lee, Lindenwood, Nova Southeastern, and Tampa) advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Both Drury and Nova Southeastern advanced to the Elite Eight, with Drury advancing to the semifinals before falling to eventual national champion Lubbock Christian.
Three of this season's foes, Drury (No. 3) Nova Southeastern (No.16), and Bentley (No. 18) finished the year in the top 25 of the WBCA Coaches Poll. In all, Florida Southern's 2019-20 non-conference opponents went a combined 144-41 last season, and eight of its upcoming opponents finished with at least 20 wins a year ago.
The Mocs are expected to add two more games to put their total number of contests to 28. Fans should check FSCMocs.com in the coming months for more information about dates and opponents for the two games yet to be scheduled.