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NORMAL - The Alabama A&M women's basketball team under new Head Coach Semeka Randall released the 2013-14 schedule, which features 28 games and 18 conference matchups.
The schedule will test the mettle of the Lady Bulldogs as they host four non-conference games. A&M will play ten non-conference contests on the road or at home, including hosting an SEC opponent.
"We are excited about this schedule," Semeka Randall said. "It is a very competitive schedule that will build great mental toughness."
Alabama A&M begins the season at home hosting Southeast Missouri on Nov. 8. A couple of days later the road trips will begin in Richmond, KY where they will take on Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 14.
Four days later the Lady Bulldogs host SEC foe Auburn University on Nov. 19, from there they will play three consecutive road games starting with the University of Alabama on Nov. 25. A trip to Johnson City, TN to face East Tennessee State and then to Atlanta to take on ACC foe the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech on Dec. 7.
A&M's schedule is also loaded with competitive mid-major schools. Murray State, a team that beat the Lady Bulldogs last season in Murray, KY will come to T.M. Elmore on Dec. 14 while MEAC foe the Bulldogs of South Carolina State, arrive on Dec. 17.
"It will be a great opportunity for our upperclassmen to display leadership and a great test for our young players to see how they respond in these situations."
Their other non-conference road tests are at Louisiana Tech (Dec. 22), and Kennesaw State (Dec. 29).
"This schedule will not only be a good test for our players, but it will also be great for the students and community. It will allow them to be engaged with the progress of the team early on in the season and follow them with many games that are close in proximity," Randall commented.
Randall stated, "These games will be good preparation heading into conference play". "The SWAC is a great conference. We have to take this schedule one game at a time. We definitely cannot afford to overlook anyone."
The Lady Bulldogs begin SWAC play at Jackson State on Jan. 4. The two showdowns with Alabama State will happen in Montgomery on Jan. 18, while the Lady Hornets come to Huntsville on Feb. 15.
Alabama A&M will begin the rest of their SWAC schedule by hosting Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Jan. 11. Other conference home games include: Mississippi Valley (Jan. 13), Texas Southern (Feb.1), Prairie View (Feb. 3), Southern (Feb. 22), Alcorn (Feb. 24), Jackson (March 6) and Grambling (March 8).
AAMU will be on the road at Grambling (Jan 6), Southern (Jan. 25), Alcorn (Jan. 27), Arkansas Pine- Bluff (Feb. 8), Mississippi Valley State (Feb. 10), Prairie View (March 1), and Texas Southern (March 3).
The 2014 SWAC Tournament begins on March 11 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.