In what may be the program's most challenging schedule in its 49-year history, the Morehead State Women's Basketball team will matchup with 2019 National Champion Baylor, play road tests against power five opponents Michigan State and Kentucky, and host a three-team event at home to highlight the 2019-20 schedule.
“This is probably the toughest non-conference schedule in the history of our program,” said Eagle head coach Greg Todd. "With a young and fairly inexperienced team we know it will be challenging, but we're looking forward to it.”
The Eagles open their season away from home for the second consecutive season when they travel to Bowling Green to face the Falcons on Saturday, Nov. 9. Following the one-game road trip they'll return home to host a three-team event at Johnson Arena where they'll take on Stetson (Nov. 15), St. Francis (Pa.) (Nov.17), and Midway (Ky.) (Nov. 19).
Morehead State's first power-five test comes on Nov. 21, against Kentucky at Memorial Coliseum. It will mark the sixth straight season the Eagles have clashed with the Wildcats.
The Eagles then host a pair of return opponents from the 2018-19 season when they take on North Carolina A&T on Nov. 26 and Radford on Nov. 30. MSU opened its season a year ago with a hard fought 72-67 win against the Bulldogs, while they defeated the Highlanders 79-72 on Dec. 15, 2018.
December opens with a road test against Dayton on Dec. 5. It will be the first meeting between the Flyers and Eagles since Dec. 12, 1995. The teams hold a 5-5 tie in the all-time series.
Michigan State, a team Morehead State has never faced in its 49-year history, looms next with a Dec. 15 trip to East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans won 21 games a season ago and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national runner-up Notre Dame.
A trip to Valparaiso on Dec. 17 follows as Morehead State looks to make it two straight wins over the Crusaders after defeating them 68-62 in the Vinewood Farms Classic at Johnson Arena last season.
A home contest against Asbury is right before the Christmas holiday on Dec. 19.
The Eagles then take flight to wrap up their non-conference schedule with a date against defending national champions Baylor on Dec. 30. A season ago, Morehead State challenged the Bears with 13 makes beyond the three-point stripe before falling. The 13 triples were the second most any non-conference opponent made against Baylor last season.
"Having the likes of Baylor, Michigan State, and Kentucky makes this schedule daunting as is, but hosting NC A&T, Radford, and tough road trips to Dayton and Valpo add another level of toughness that will challenge our team," added Todd.
Morehead State's Ohio Valley Conference slate opens on Jan. 2, at home against Jacksonville State. It will be the team's first of four straight games at home to open league play.
The full schedule can be found at MSUEagles.com. Tip-off times will be announced at a later date.