Murray State women's basketball officials announced the 2019-20 schedule on Tuesday afternoon, with major announcements of two Power 5 road contests in the first four games of the season.
After the Racers open the season with an exhibition contest against Georgetown College (Nov. 4), they'll hit the road for a four-game stretch that includes Louisville (Nov. 8), Mississippi Valley (Nov. 13), Mississippi State (Nov. 15) and then back to Lipscomb (Nov. 19) before finally facing Division II Christian Brothers on Nov. 22 as the team's first true regular-season home game.
The Cardinals and Bulldogs both made the Elite Eight following the 2018-19 slate, and will provide significant challenges for a roster comprised of six new faces, including three junior college transfers and three incoming freshmen.
"We are very excited about our non-conference schedule," said head coach Rechelle Turner in a news release. "It is designed to allow our team to play on the road against some of the best programs in the country, as well as allowing them to compete against a diverse array of opponents that will prepare them for the rigors of (Ohio Valley Conference) play.
"We are excited to play in two of the best environments in women's college basketball at Louisville and Mississippi State, and we always look forward to performing in front of our great home crowds inside the CFSB Center."Notably, the Racers also host Arkansas State (Nov. 26), Indiana State (Dec. 7) and Samford (Dec. 20) in what is a decidedly tough lineup heading into conference play.
"A stretch of four straight road games to begin the season will prepare us for playing four consecutive games on the road early in OVC play," Turner added.
"Games against Arkansas State, Evansville, Indiana State, Southern Illinois and Samford will really focus our club on what it will take to win in our very competitive league.
"We want our team to be battle-tested, road-tough and full of confidence as we join the race for an OVC championship. This schedule should have our Racers right where they need to be as we enter league play in 2020."