Women’s Basketball Announces 2022-23 Non-Conference Slate
The Davidson women’s basketball team’s 13-game non-conference schedule has been released, as announced by head coach Gayle Fulks on Friday. The Wildcats’ ledger features seven in-state opponents, two ACC foes and one B1G matchup on the road.
“Our program is excited for us to begin our 2022-23 season with this non-conference slate, after the strong finish to our 2021-22 campaign,” Fulks said. “We are excited to test ourselves against 3 ACC/BIG10 opponents, and always appreciate how blessed we are in the Carolina’s to have so many competitive regional opponents. I know it means a great deal to our fans and alumni to continue to schedule traditional opponents from the Southern Conference era. We hope to see the Davidson community fill Belk Arena on November 12 for our marquee opener against Duke.”
Davidson is set to tip off the season on Friday, Nov. 3 with an exhibition matchup against Newberry College, before officially opening up the year on the road at High Point University. The ‘Cats have won 10 of their last 12 meetings against the Panthers, as Davidson will make its first appearance inside HPU’s brand new Qubein Center.
Following their game against High Point, the Wildcats will host the 2022-23 home opener on Friday, Nov. 12 against Duke University for the fifth all-time meeting in program history. The Blue Devils lead the all-time series 4-1, with Davidson winning the first meeting between the two, 62-61, from inside Johnston Gym. The 2022-23 home opener with Duke will also be the first time the series has returned to Davidson’s campus since the initial 1978 matchup.
From the ACC to the Big 10, Davidson will then set its sights on College Park, Md., on Nov. 16, meeting the Terrapins for the second time in three seasons, before heading to Savannah, Ga., from Nov. 21-23 for a guaranteed, three-game lineup against Austin Peay, UIC and Fulks’ alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson.
Davidson’s matchup against the Terps will also feature a head-to-head battle between Wildcat newcomer Maddie Plank and former Princeton and Maccabiah Games Team USA teammate, Abby Meyers.
And yes, this will be Davidson’s third game against the Governors since November 2021.
After a Thanksgiving meal at home, the ‘Cats will resume action with five straight games on the road against App State, Wofford, Jacksonville State, UNCG and conclude with a Dec. 15 meeting against NC State. The Pack, whose 2021-22 campaign came to an end in double overtime at the Elite Eight last March, will meet Davidson at Reynolds Coliseum for the 10th all-time meeting between the two programs, as the Wildcats defeated NC State in the first-ever meeting on Jan. 20, 1975, 64-59. The 2022 meeting will also serve as a return trip to a familiar environment for Davidson redshirt-junior and NC State transfer, Elle Sutphin.
The non-conference schedule will then wrap up with a pair of home games against in-state foes Elon and reigning Conference USA champs, Charlotte. Davidson will look to take down the Phoenix for the first time since 2014 on Dec. 18, while pushing to win back-to-back meetings with cross-county rival UNC Charlotte on Dec. 21.
Last time out against the 49ers, Davidson produced one of its best offensive displays in program history, downing the 49ers 79-65, after shooting 56.6 percent from the floor for the program’s best shooting night since February, 2014. The ‘Cats drained 30 field goals and nailed six threes in the victory, for just the fifth win over Charlotte since 2000.
Tipoff times and television/streaming information will be released at a later date, as well as the full Atlantic 10 Conference schedule.
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