The LSU women’s basketball team will play in the Preseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament, travel to the Barclays Center Invitational in Brooklyn, N.Y., and host perennial powers Tennessee and Texas A&M as the team’s 2013-14 schedule was released Tuesday.
LSU will face at least 11 teams NCAA tournament teams from last season and possibly more should it advance through the WNIT bracket, which features Final Four participant Louisville, Oklahoma and Gonzaga.
“We have a challenging non-conference schedule and have the privilege of playing in the WNIT and Barclays Invitational,” LSU coach Nikki Caldwell, who enters her third season, said. “This will be a great opportunity for our team to experience playing in both of those events and against high-caliber opponents. It will definitely get us ready for conference play.”
The Lady Tigers’ WNIT season-opener against Stephen F. Austin on Friday, Nov. 8 will also be the Sue Gunter Classic in the Maravich Center.
The Lady Tigers are guaranteed to host two games in the WNIT with the second one Nov. 10 against either Saint Joseph’s, an NCAA tournament team a year ago, or Mount St. Mary’s. Louisville is also on the same side of the bracket.
LSU renews its rivalry with Louisiana Tech on Nov. 23 before heading to New York City to play in the Barclays Center Invitational, Nov. 29-30.
The Lady Tigers face Rutgers at noon Nov. 29. Michigan and Texas Tech meet in the first contest.
The two losers then face off at 6 p.m. Saturday, while the two winners meet in the championship game at 8:30 p.m.
December features home games against Indiana State (Dec. 3), Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 17) and Jackson State (Dec. 30).
The Lady Tigers and defending conference champion Tennessee face off in Knoxville, Tenn. on Jan. 2 to begin Southeastern Conference play. The SEC home opener is against Texas A&M on Jan. 9.
LSU’s home finale will be against Tennessee on Feb. 27. LSU closes league play at Alabama on March 2.
The SEC tournament is at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. for the second consecutive year. The tournament will include all 14 teams, running from March 5 through March 9.
Game times, a television and promotional schedule will be finalized at a later date.
LSU SCORES WIN OVER WARHAWKS: LSU scored six goals within the first 49 minutes to cruise to a 6-0 win over the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Tuesday at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
The Tigers (2-0) got goals from Jodi Calloway, Lexi Gibbs and two from Alex Arlitt and Fernanda Pina.
ULM (1-2) registered six shots in the game, including three from Karlea Fehr, one of which was on goal. Kyla Kalinski, Haley Rodriguez and Whitney Tuckfield also fired shots.
ULM goalkeepers Holly Mallinson and Katherine Werther each logged 45 minutes. Mallinson made one save, while Werther blocked six.