LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Entering her 8th season, Head Coach Abby Pyzik Smith unveiled the Lynchburg Women's Basketball program's schedule for the 2017-18 season on Thursday.
The Hornets are coming off one of the most successful season in program history, which included a run into the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hornets finished with the second most wins in program history at 23, falling one shy of their 24 win season in 2015-16.
The women will open the season at Averett, a team the Hornets handely defeated 96-55 in Turner Gymnasium last season, giving Coach Pyzik Smith her 100th career vistory. They follow that up with a weekend trip to Baltimore, Maryland for the John Hopkins Tournament. The Hornets will face off against the host, Johns Hopkins (Nov. 18), who will have a new coach in Katherine Bixby. The following day the women face either Albright or Marymount (Va.) (Nov. 19). Both teams finished regionally ranked last season and Marymount (Va.) finished nationally ranked in the final WBCA (22nd) and D3Hoops (20th) polls.
Following that road trip, The Hornets will play four of the next five games in Turner Gymnasium, including a rematch with Mary Washington (Nov. 21), who finished the season ranked 19th in WBCA and 18th in the D3Hoops polls. During the homestand, conference play will get underway for Lynchburg as they host both Virginia Wesleyan (Nov. 30) and Eastern Mennonite (Dec. 6) in evening games during the week.
The team will head just down the road in the final week of December for the Roanoke Classic, taking on Meredith (Dec. 30) and Franklin & Marshall (Dec. 31).
As they ring in the New Year, the women will enter the remainder of their ODAC schedule beginning with away contests against Randolph (Jan. 3rd) and Bridgewater (Va.) (Jan. 6th). Later in the month the Hornets will go up against Emory & Henry (Jan. 16th) who was ranked in the South region along with Lynchburg and Guilford.
A rematch of the 2016 ODAC Championship game will take place in Turner Gymnasium as the Hornets will welcome in the Quakers of Guilford College (Jan. 31st). The Quakers and Hornets have had a growing rivalry in the past four years, with the record being all square at 4-4 since the 2013-14 season.
Lynchburg will finish the last leg of their season with four of their last five games on the road.. The Hornets will travel to Shenandoah (Feb. 3rd), Roanoke (Feb. 7th), Randolph-Macon (Feb. 13th) and close out the season at Emory & Henry (Feb. 17th).
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