IUWBB: Hoosiers non-conference schedule adds road games

Teri Moren vowed to strengthen Indiana’s non-conference schedule during her first season as coach.

She took a step in that direction with the Hoosiers 2015 non-conference schedule, which was announced Wednesday.

While it was already known that IU would participate in the Preseason WNIT, Moren added two more tournaments to the non-conference mix. The Hoosiers will compete with host Vanderbilt, Ohio and Austin Peay at a tournament Thanksgiving weekend. They are also entered into the Florida Sunshine Classic, where they will face Miami and West Virginia in Winter Park, Fla., on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21.

“Without question, this schedule will prepare us for an arduous Big Ten season,” Moren said in a press release.

Counting IU’s exhibition opener against Slippery Rock Nov. 8, the Hoosiers have five guaranteed home games. Their opener in the Preseason WNIT against Tennessee State is slated Nov. 12 at noon in Assembly Hall. IU will also host Georgia Tech in Dec. 2 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Otherwise, Moren’s team will be on the road for at least six games, with more possible as part of the Preseason WNIT. This year’s matchup with Indiana State – Moren’s former team – will be in Terre Haute on Dec. 8. IU will also travel to IPFW on Nov. 24 before heading to Nashville, Tenn., for the Thanksgiving tournament on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28.

Last season, IU played nine of its first 10 games at home and finished with road contests against Oakland and Milwaukee. The Hoosiers only non-conference loss came against Indiana State at Assembly Hall, but it was questionable as to whether that slate – which was compiled by former coach Curt Miller – actually prepared IU for Big Ten play, especially on the road.

After a 66-51 loss to Rutgers in a Big Ten home opener and an 86-64 defeat at Purdue, Moren made it clear she wanted to add road games to IU’s non-conference schedule.

“That is something, moving forward, we have to do a better job with our schedule,” Moren said after the Purdue game. “One, it has to be more difficult. Two, we have to have a nice mix of being on the road and being road-tested and being in the confines of Assembly Hall. We will fix that. That will be fixed.”

The Sunshine Classic, in particular, will add two high-level opponents late in the non-conference slate. West Virginia finished last season 23-15 and lost to UCLA 62-60 in the WNIT title game. Miami was 20-13 in 2014-15, including 8-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Georgia Tech, IU’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge opponent, was 19-15 last year and lost in the second round of the WNIT. On the other hand, the Yellow Jackets made the NCAA Tournament in seven out of eight years prior to 2015.

You can find the full non-conference schedule here.

11 comments

  1. T. Moren just keeps plodding along. I give her credit. She is not taking the easy way out as far as making the schedule competitive. Nor is she scheduling crazy top ranked teams like UConn. She is one of the positives in IU sports

  2. The weak schedule last year contributed to our mediocre conference record. The pre-season schedule obviously gave our girls a false sense of security possibly allowing them to think that this was not going to be as difficult as some think? Coach Moren said at the end of last year that she was going to make our schedule much more difficult and she has. This should certainly better prepare us for difficult conference play. I am sure that this will prepare our team much better in the long run even if we lose a couple of more games in the pre-conference season. Removing a few of the cream puffs we experienced in the past couple of years is a great improvement. Go Hoosiers!!

  3. ROAD TRIP!
    Grand Old ‘Opry, Nashville Tennessee, and IU Women’s Basketball, all the same weekend (if it all works out 🙂
    What more could one man ask?

    I’ll say one thing for Coach Moren. She said preseason needs to be tougher, and she’s a woman of her word. The Florida Sunshine Classic has two very good teams (Miama lost to Iowa in second game of NCAA last year, West Virginia finished second in WNIT).

    Go Hoosiers!

  4. Nat Hill IV-

    Try the ‘Loveless Cafe’ a few miles southwest of downtown Nashville….OMG…The best fried chicken in the world… You’ll thank me.

  5. I’ve never been to the Loveless Cafe, but used to listen to music from their barn quite often when they hosted “Music City Roots.”
    Glad to know the food is good as well, hope to give it a try. THANKS!
    May be hard to squeeze in ‘Opry, Loveless Cafe, and two women’s games.
    Hopefully, one of the women’s games will be at a time allowing me to see the ‘Opry.

  6. Cool place…..with quite the interesting crowd mix. But, honestly, I have never tasted better fried chicken. And they have a clear glass window that looks into the kitchen! You can watch Billy Bob fish the dozens upon dozens of succulent breaded masterpieces out of a gigantic pool of oil the size of a hot tub….He’ll give you a little nod as if he knows this is the best sh____ on earth… Oh, and the mini biscuits they bring beforehand are just as heavenly.. so, so buttery and light and brought to the table fresh out of the oven as an opening song of old perfection. You’ll thank me. I accompanied the chicken, coleslaw, potato casserole, and biscuits with a local Gerst Amber Ale… Damn.. Some experiences are so good as to never repeat. Not saying i won’t, but the Loveless Cafe chicken was that good. I came from a family very, very particular to all the necessities a perfect piece of fried chicken… Somehow, I think my mom guided me to this restaurant…It was the closest thing to ‘Chicken in the Ruff’…from days my parents would pack us in the car and take us to Michigan City for a basket of their heavenly fried.

    Have fun….

  7. H4h, youv’e done it again, you have taken a women’s basketball post and turned it into something different. Why can’t you leave the women’s posts alone and let us “real” women’s fans enjoy what’s going on with the women’s game? Don’t you get enough time on this website the way it is?

  8. MikeC, here’s some ancient blogging wisdom. If people start posting about favorite restaurants, music venues, whatever, regarding a post it’s because they have read the post and taken interest.

    Now, Harv is Harv, but he took and interest and got a response or two. So, that many more people read a thread about women’s basketball.

    Wouldn’t you like to see 140 responses on a women’s basketball thread even if they became divergent?

    But, maybe that’s just me.

  9. I must admit, my profound love of IU women’s basketball takes a brief respite to listen good advice on great places to eat in Nashville!

  10. If you want to go a little upscale in Winter Park for the Women’s Florida Sunshine Classic, try Houston’s…..Part of a restaurant conglomerate that owns various high-end dining spots across the country….I scoff at most chains, but Houston’s does it right with steak… USDA prime cuts that are hard to beat.
    I had barbecued baby back ribs at an Atlanta Houston’s location and they were quite delicious…They put a nice char on them. The sauce was not overly sweet..I love ribs when they’re done right…My daughter had a filet, It was just a beautiful cut of beef…not massive in diameter but nearly 3″ thick…They cooked it to ‘medium’ perfection as it rendered it’s own wonderful juices onto the plate with every bite carved..

    They also make a mean chocolate sundae topped with crunchy candied pecans…. and a rich, but not too thick,warm buttery fudge provided in a small silver cream boat…..plus a nice light homemade whipped cream,,,Yum.

    You’ll drop some cash…but you only live once.

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