Viking Women's Basketball Sets 2014-2015 SchedulePosted August 18, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (August 18, 2014)- The 2014-2015 Missouri Valley College women’s basketball schedule has been set, featuring thirteen home games for the Vikings. MVC will play a total of 32 contests in the upcoming season, three of which will be against NCAA competitive in exhibition games.
The 2014-2015 season begins on Halloween night with a trip to Point Lookout, Mo., for a game against College of the Ozarks, which finished as National runner-up at the 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament. After a game at William Woods University on Nov. 4 the Vikings will play an exhibition game against NCAA Division I Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., scheduled for Nov. 6.
The home portion of the schedule begins on Nov. 8 against Park University and is followed by another home game on Nov. 10 against Stephens College.
The Vikings go back on the road for another exhibition game against a NCAA Division I opponent, this time to the University of Texas-Arlington on Nov. 14. MVC has a quick turnaround after its Texas trip, with a home game against Friends University scheduled for Nov. 15.
Following the game against Friends University, the Vikings hit the road again for five-straight games away from home beginning on Nov. 18 with a trip to Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan. MVC will then play in the Sterling (Kan.) Classic against Sterling College on Nov. 21 and play Tabor for a second time the following day. The Vikings will stay on the road and travel to Des Moines, Iowa and meet Grand View University in a non-conference matchup on Nov. 30.
MVC will wrap-up its road stretch with its first Heart of America Athletic Conference game of the season, traveling to Central Methodist University on Dec. 4. The Vikings will continue its conference schedule two nights later, this time at home hosting Graceland University.
However, Missouri Valley will hit the road the following week for two games in Kansas, one at MidAmerica Nazarene University on Dec. 13, with the second game on Dec. 14 against NCAA Division II Fort Hays State University in an exhibition game.
The Vikings will finish the non-conference portion of their schedule with a trip to Maryville, Mo., to play NCAA Division II Northwest Missouri State University on Dec. 17 and play Davenport University at home on Dec. 19.
HAAC play resumes for the Vikings on Jan. 8 with a home game against Avila University followed by a road game at Peru State College Jan. 10.
Other home HAAC games for MVC includes Culver-Stockton College on Jan. 15, Baker University on Jan. 24, Central Methodist University on Jan. 29, MidAmerica Nazarene University on Feb. 7, Peru State College on Feb. 14, Benedictine College on Feb. 21 and Senior Night on Feb. 26 against Evangel University.
Remaining road HAAC games for MVC include Benedictine College on Jan. 17, Evangel University on Jan. 22, Graceland University on Jan. 31, Avila University on Feb. 12, Culver-Stockton College on Feb. 19 and the regular season finale at Baker University Feb. 28.
"I'm excited about our upcoming schedule," new Women’s Basketball Head Coach Timothy Dixon said. "We have some good competition and home games to prepare us for the battle of the Heart of America Conference. We are hoping to continue the success the program had last year while filling the seats in Burns Gym."
Dixon will enter his first season leading the Viking women’s basketball program, having had previous coaching stops at NCAA Division I programs Idaho State University and Arizona State University, along with serving as the head coach at Lamar (Colo.) Community College where he guided the team to an 18-12 record in his only season as head coach.
"We're looking forward to our road games against NCAA opponents to challenge us and prepare us for adverse environments in the HAAC," Dixon said. "Our exhibition games will be especially tough on the road, but the opportunity to compete and play in these great environments will get us ready for conference season. It should be a fun year."
The Vikings are coming off a 19-13 record in the 2013-2014 season, the program’s best finish since 2008.
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