Horizon League Announces Women’s Basketball Conference Schedule

Alison Smolinski (Photo by Buddy Delahoussaye)
Alison Smolinski (Photo by Buddy Delahoussaye)

The Horizon League announced its conference schedule for the 2016-17 season on Thursday with each team playing an 18-game slate beginning in December and concluding in late February. The Little Cesar's Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship will take place March 3-7 in Detroit, Mich., at Joe Louis Arena.

Youngstown State will begin Horizon League play with three straight contests on the road, and the Penguins' February schedule will feature four consecutive road games followed by four straight home bouts. Five of YSU's nine home games in league play will be part of doubleheaders with the men's team.

The Penguins' conference schedule begins at Cleveland State on New Year's Eve, and Youngstown State will play at Wright State (Jan. 5) and Northern Kentucky (Jan. 7) in the first week of January. YSU will then host three home games in a five-day stretch with UIC (Jan. 12), Valparaiso (Jan. 14) and Cleveland State (Jan. 16) coming to Beeghly Center. The games on Jan. 12 and Jan. 14 will be doubleheaders.

Youngstown State will head back on the road for games at Detroit (Jan. 20) and Oakland (Jan. 22) before closing the first loop through league play at home against Green Bay (Jan. 26) and Milwaukee (Jan. 28). The contest versus UWM will be another doubleheader.

February will begin with YSU's first stretch of four straight conference road games since January 1998 when it played in the Mid-Continent Conference. The Penguins will play at Valparaiso (Feb. 2) and UIC (Feb. 4) the first weekend, and they'll make their Wisconsin swing at Milwaukee (Feb. 9) and Green Bay (Feb. 11) the following week. YSU will conclude Horizon League play with four consecutive home games, hosting Northern Kentucky and Wright State in doubleheaders on Feb. 16 and Feb. 18, respectively, and welcoming Oakland (Feb. 23) and Detroit (Feb. 25) to close out the regular season. While YSU will play four straight Horizon League road games for the first time, it will have four straight league home games for the third time in the last four years.

Game times and a broadcast schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. For ticket information, call the YSU Athletics Ticket Office at (330) 941-1YSU.