September 13th, 2018

Dugan unveils 2018-19 women's hoops schedule

Adam Pruiett

Bellarmine University Assistant S.I.D

Dugan unveils 2018-19 women's hoops schedule
photo provided by Bellarmine

Coach Chancellor Dugan on Tuesday announced the 2018-19 Bellarmine University women's basketball schedule, which includes a 26-game regular season and 11 contests at Knights Hall.

Bellarmine will square off with six opponents who earned a berth in last season's DII NCAA Tournament, with that tally split evenly between non conference and Great Lakes Valley Conference foes. The Knights' GLVC slate will be comprised of 18 games, and they'll also face Division I Western Kentucky in an exhibition in early December.

"This is probably our toughest schedule in my time here — in the non conference for sure," said Dugan, who is entering her seventh season overseeing the Knights.

Bellarmine, which finished 16-12 last season, will meet four Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams in non conference play, including in the first two games. The Knights open the regular season Nov. 9 at Saginaw Valley State and then head to Northwood for a Nov. 11 contest.

Only two of Bellarmine's eight non conference games will unfold in Knights Hall. The team will make its home debut Nov. 17 against Central State, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament runner-up.

Bellarmine's next five games, plus an exhibition, will take place away from Knights Hall. Bellarmine plays Nov. 24 against Michigan Tech and Nov. 25 against Lake Erie in the USI Thanksgiving Classic. Michigan Tech, a GLIAC squad, secured an NCAA Tournament bid last season.

Bellarmine will play a third straight game in Southern Indiana's facility on Dec. 1, this time taking on the Screaming Eagles in their GLVC opener. USI made the NCAA Tournament last season. The Knights then play the aforementioned exhibition at Western Kentucky on Dec. 8 before road contests Dec. 15 at Kentucky State and Dec. 19 at Grand Valley State, which was an NCAA Tournament team last season and marks Bellarmine's fourth opponent from the GLIAC.

Bellarmine is a countable game for Western Kentucky. The Knights had an extended gap between games and were unable to schedule a DII opponent in that timeframe. WKU was in a similar situation, so a meeting made a lot of sense for both parties.

"I was like, 'Let's do it,' " Dugan said.

Bellarmine's final non conference game figures to be yet another stern challenge as the Knights host Glenville State on Dec. 31. The Lady Pioneers went 31-2 last season while winning the Mountain East Tournament championship and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The arrival of 2019 means it's all GLVC action for the rest of the regular season. Bellarmine starts the New Year with road games at Missouri-St. Louis (Jan. 3) and Maryville (Jan. 5) before shifting to Knights Hall for contests against Quincy (Jan. 10) and Truman State (Jan. 12). Bellarmine swings back on the road for tilts at William Jewell (Jan. 17) and Rockhurst (Jan. 19).

Over half of Bellarmine's home games on the season will take place over two clusters. The Knights will host Drury, an NCAA Tournament team and the reigning GLVC Tournament champion, on Jan. 24, Missouri S&T on Jan. 26 and Southern Indiana on Feb. 2. Bellarmine hits the road for contests at NCAA Tournament team Lewis on Feb. 7 and Indianapolis on Feb. 9, but the Knights then return to Louisville for their longest home stretch as they host Illinois Springfield (Feb. 14), McKendree (Feb. 16), Indianapolis (Feb. 21) and Lewis (Feb. 23).

Bellarmine concludes the regular season with two road contests. The Knights play Feb. 28 at McKendree and March 2 at Illinois Springfield.

"It's so tough on the road in the GLVC," Dugan said. "We've got juniors and seniors, but we're not what I'd classify as a veteran team. We'll definitely have question marks. I told the girls I don't where the scoring is going to come from, but I do know they're going to be fun to coach and fun to watch."


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