CHARLESTON, S.C. – Trips to SEC powers Florida and Georgia, along with hosting a Thanksgiving tournament highlight the 2018-19 Charleston Southern women's basketball nonconference schedule, head coach Fred Applin announced Monday afternoon.
Headlined by two SEC opponents in Florida and Georgia, foes from the Atlantic-10, Atlantic-Sun and hosting a Thanksgiving tournament, the Buccaneers are set to take on 11 nonconference foes before the calendar flips to January and Big South Conference plays gets rolling.
"The nonconference schedule will be a challenge for us. We have six strong seniors that will help the team to come together and compete in the nonconference," Applin said. "We play two SEC teams that are in the top-half of their conference, which gives us a chance to see where we need to be before we head into the Big South Conference."
The Buccaneers will make two trips into SEC territory in December as they face Georgia – a team that made the NCAA Round of 32 a season ago – Dec. 2 before wrapping up in Gainesville, Fla. taking on Florida Dec. 30.
"I think those games will help prepare us, but we'll also be playing some high-quality teams in our Thanksgiving tournament in Tennessee Tech, ODU, and Jacksonville," Applin said. "We also have a good mixture of teams from different conferences – Davidson, South Carolina State and North Florida."
Applin and the Bucs open their season with back-to-back home games against Converse and Davidson before their first road trip to South Carolina State just before hosting a Thanksgiving tournament field that includes Tennessee Tech, Old Dominion and Jacksonville. CSU is set to take on both Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville inside the Buc Dome as each of the four teams play two games across the two-day tournament.
"It's an opportunity for our team's families to come and have Thanksgiving together as a family, but still have the chance to see their loved ones play at Charleston Southern over the Thanksgiving break," Applin said.
Charleston Southern hits the road once again with a trip to Atlantic Sun foe North Florida and Georgia – the first of two SEC opponents on the schedule before closing the home slate with Erskine Dec. 11 and Erskine Dec. 15.
The Bucs finish their nonconference schedule with showdown at crosstown rival College of Charleston just before the Christmas holiday break. The Dec. 19 trip to TD Arena is the second matchup with the Cougars over the past three seasons after the Bucs hosted College of Charleston in the 2016-17 slate.
SEC power Florida awaits in the Bucs' final December matchup, ending an 11-game slate with contests against teams from the Atlantic-10, Atlantic Sun, Colonial, MEAC, Ohio Valley and SEC.