The Youngstown State women's basketball team will have five home games and three contests played within 90 minutes of campus during its 2014-15 non-conference schedule, second-year Penguins head coach John Barnes announced on Friday.
The Penguins will open the season on Saturday, Nov. 15, against Niagara in what will be a triple-header with the YSU football and men's basketball teams. Youngstown State will also have non-conference home games against Bucknell, Oberlin, Ohio Valley and Akron. The game against Ohio Valley will be a Kids Game on Dec. 19 that will tip at 11 a.m.
The slate also includes short road trips to Kent State, Robert Morris and Pittsburgh.
"I'm very excited about our non-conference schedule as it will challenge and prepare us for Horizon League play," Barnes said. "We will have a younger team hungry to continue the success that we have had the last two seasons. The schedule is comprised of several opponents that we have not seen in quite a while, which makes it exciting."
Following the opener against the Purple Eagles, Youngstown State will play Kent State for the first time in four years on Nov. 18. They'll then play Radford for the first time in program history on Nov. 22 before returning home to host Bucknell on Nov. 25. The Penguins will conclude their November schedule against Nicholls State and Tennessee State in Nashville, Tennessee, as part of a Thanksgiving tournament. Nicholls State will be YSU's first opponent from the Southland Conference since 1993, and the Penguins will play Tennessee State for the first time since both teams were in the Ohio Valley Conference in 1988.
Youngstown State will begin December by playing Oberlin for the first time since 1977 on Dec. 6, and, following finals week, it will play at Canisius on Dec. 13. The Penguins will then play at Robert Morris on Dec. 17, host Ohio Valley in the Kids Game on Dec. 19, and travel to Pittsburgh on Dec. 21 for their final stretch before Christmas. The Penguins will welcome Akron to Beeghly Center on Dec. 29, and they'll end the non-conference slate by playing at Cornell on Jan. 2. The Big Red will be the first Ivy League opponent in program history.
The Horizon League schedule will be announced when it becomes available.