Women's basketball unveils full 2019-20 schedule
Heather Oesterle first year as the head coach of the Central Michigan women's basketball team begins with a home tune-up against Green Bay.
After that, everything changes.
The second game of Oesterle's tenure is on the road against Louisville, a team that finished No. 5 overall in the 2018-19 campaign. Last season, the Cardinals outlasted the Chippewas at McGuirk Arena, 72-68.
Central is slated to take on four teams in the nonconference that played in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, where the Chippewas were a No. 8 seed in the Chicago Regional.
Louisville was a No. 1 seed in the Albany Region, South Dakota State was No. 6 in the Portland Region, Bethune-Cookman was No. 16 in the Chicago Regional and Central Florida was No. 12 in the Portland Region.
South Dakota State finished the season No. 1 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
Mid-American Conference foe Buffalo, ranked No. 10, made a run to the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago, losing 84-72 to No. 1 Connecticut. CMU gets to play the Bulls once, and it's on the road Jan. 29.
The Chippewas also get two games against each in-state rival – Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan. The Broncos host CMU on Jan. 18 before heading to McGuirk Arena on Feb. 26. Oesterle's squad travels to Ypsilanti to play the Eagles on Jan. 22 and get them in Mount Pleasant to cap off the season on March 7.
Here's the full 2019-20 women's basketball schedule:
November 6 vs. Green Bay
November 14 at Louisville
November 17 at Western Kentucky
November 21 vs. Dayton
November 27 vs. Northeastern
November 30 vs. Marist
December 5 vs. Iona
December 14 at South Dakota State
December 18 at Oakland University
December 28 at Bethune-Cookman University
December 30 at Central Florida
January 4 at Akron
January 8 at Ohio
January 11 vs. Miami (Ohio)
January 15 vs. Ball State
January 18 at Western Michigan
January 22 at Eastern Michigan
January 25 vs. Toledo
January 29 at Buffalo
February 1 vs. Ohio
February 5 vs. Northern Illinois
February 8 at Miami (Ohio)
February 15 vs. Bowling Green
February 19 vs. Kent State
February 22 at Northern Illinois
February 26 vs. Western Michigan
February 29 at Ball State
March 4 at Toledo
March 7 vs. Eastern Michigan