Women's Basketball Releases 2014-15 Schedule
Spartans kick off regular season on Nov. 16; Open Big Ten play Dec. 28 vs. Northwestern
2014-15 MSU Women's Basketball Schedule
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball schedule for the upcoming 2014-15 season was released today. After winning the Big Ten regular-season championship and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, head coach Suzy Merchant and the Spartans will face 2014 NCAA Tournament runner-up Notre Dame during their non-conference schedule along with fellow tournament qualifiers Georgia Tech, Georgia, Baylor, and Syracuse. Including its conference schedule, MSU will play a total of 11 games against teams that appeared in the NCAA Tournament last season.
Michigan State will take on Grand Valley State University in a home exhibition contest on Nov. 9 before officially opening up the season a week later against Eastern Michigan at home on Nov. 16.
The Spartans will get a stiff early season test on Nov. 19 when Notre Dame, last year’s national runner-up, pays a visit to the Breslin Center. Michigan State will then welcome IUPUI and Oakland to East Lansing on Nov. 23 and 26, respectively. After a home matchup with Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 30, the Spartans will host Georgia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 4.
The schedule then features a two-game road trip to Georgia on Dec. 7 and Loyola-Chicago on Dec. 14. Michigan State will return to action against Alcorn State at home on Dec. 16 before taking on Baylor and Syracuse in the Orlando Classic (Winter Park, Florida) on Dec. 20 and 21.
The Big Ten Conference slate is equally challenging as the Spartans will square off against five NCAA Tournament qualifiers (Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Penn State and Purdue) from last season as well as 2014 WNIT Champion Rutgers.
Michigan State will kick off the conference season on Dec. 28 when it hosts Northwestern at the Breslin Center. The Spartans will follow that with a New Year’s Eve matchup on the road at Indiana on Wednesday, Dec. 31. MSU will be on the road at in-state rival Michigan on Jan. 4 before returning home to take on 2014 Big Ten Tournament Champion Nebraska on Jan. 8.
The Spartans will travel to Northwestern on Jan. 11 before hosting Illinois on Jan. 15 and 2014 NCAA Tournament qualifier Iowa on Jan. 18. The game against the Hawkeyes will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Michigan State will get its first look at Big Ten newcomer and 2014 Final Four participant Maryland on the road on Jan. 22, followed by home dates with Wisconsin on Jan. 25 and Indiana on Jan. 28.
MSU opens the month of February at Ohio State on Feb. 2 and then returns home to battle Michigan on Feb. 5. The Spartans will start a challenging two-game road stretch on Feb. 8 at Minnesota before traveling to 2014 Big Ten co-regular season champion Penn State on Feb. 11. Michigan State will then host Maryland and fellow Big Ten newcomer Rutgers on Feb. 16 and 22, respectively. The Feb. 16 matchup against Maryland will be televised nationally on ESPN2 (7 or 9 p.m.).
The Spartans close out the regular season on the road at Illinois on Feb. 25 and at NCAA Tournament qualifier Purdue on Feb. 28. The 2015 Big Ten Tournament will be held March 4 - 8 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Game times will be announced at a later date, following the selection of TV games by the Big Ten Conference.