Women's Basketball Releases 2017-18 Schedule
Sept. 14, 2017
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C -- Wake Forest women's basketball coach Jen Hoover announced Thursday (Sept. 14) the team's nonconference schedule for the 2017-18 season while the league office announced the complete ACC schedule for the upcoming year.
The Demon Deacons will play a 28-game slate this season, 13 of which will be home contests. The Deacs will compete in 12 nonconference contests in addition to their 16-game ACC schedule.
Fourteen of Wake Forest's 29 contests this season will come against teams that advanced to the postseason a year ago, including games against Notre Dame and Florida State which advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Ten games are against NCAA Tournament participants from a year ago while an additional four opponents appeared in the WNIT, including WNIT runner-up Georgia Tech.
Eleven of Wake Forest's 16 conference games are scheduled to appear on ACC Network Extra, with another four set to be shown on RSN and the lone remaining game on ESPNU. Broadcast information for the team's nonconference contests is to be determined.
"I am very excited about the competitiveness of our schedule this season," said Hoover. "We constantly strive to play the very best programs nationally and this year is no different as it is filled with numerous opportunities and challenges for our team. Our players have been hard at work in preparation for another tough nonconference schedule that will help prepare us to play in the ACC, the best conference in the country."
Wake Forest will begin its season with a Nov. 12 game against Seton Hall at LJVM Coliseum. The Deacs will then take to the road to visit on Richmond (Nov. 15) in their first road test of the season. The team will remain on the road for four straight games that will take them into December.
The trip starts with a matchup against Rutgers (Nov. 19). Then, the team heads to Las Vegas to take part in the UNLV Tournament, which begins on Nov. 25 with a contest against Minnesota. In their second game of the tournament, the Deacs will take on either UNLV or Hofstra (Nov. 26).
Wake Forest begins December with a home game against Elon (Dec. 2). Two days later, the team will head out on the road to battle Xavier (Dec. 4).
The Demon Deacons begin a three-game homestand, hosting App State (Dec. 7), Maryland Eastern Shore (Dec. 9) and Charlotte (Dec. 18), which will be the team's annual School Day game that begins at 11 a.m.
"Our annual school day game is truly special as it allows children in elementary school to experience one of the elite universities in the country. For some, it may be the first time they have experienced a college basketball game and it shows them that they could one day be a part of it. Having lots of screaming kids, teachers, parents and supporters cheer us on against Charlotte will electrify the LJVM Coliseum. Our players love the opportunity to give back and to say thank you to our community," added Hoover.
The Deacs travel to play College of Charleston (Dec. 21) in their final nonconference game of the season. The game will be an opportunity for Wake Forest's lone senior, Amber Campbell, to return home. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Campbell will have an opportunity to play in front of her friends and family as the Deacs take on the Cougars.
Wake Forest will open its ACC schedule at home on New Year's Eve, with a 2 p.m. contest against national power Notre Dame. After the Deacs begin January with trips to Pittsburgh (Jan. 4) and Miami (Jan. 7), the team will return home to for a marquee slate of games that includes Duke (Jan. 11) and North Carolina (Jan. 14). The Deacs defeated the Tar Heels in 2016, the last time the two teams met at the Coliseum.
Then, after the Demon Deacons conclude their three-game homestand with a tilt against Florida State (Jan. 18), they will head to Georgia Tech (Jan. 21) for a quick one-game road trip before returning to Winston-Salem to host NC State on Jan. 25. The last time the two teams met, the Deacs defeated the Wolfpack, 89-77, this past February.
The Deacs embark on a three-game road trip to take the team into February, as they travel to Louisville (Jan. 28), Boston College (Feb. 1) and Duke (Feb. 7).
In the team's penultimate homestand of the conference season, the Deacs will face off with Syracuse (Feb. 11) and Virginia Tech (Feb. 15). Then, the team will embark on its final road trip, as they take on NC State (Feb. 18) and Clemson (Feb. 22).
Finally, the Deacs return home for their final regular season game, 3 p.m. battle with Virginia on Feb. 25 for senior day.
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