Finalizing its 2021-22 slate, the University of Evansville women's basketball team has released its Missouri Valley Conference schedule, along with the full league slate put out by the Conference office Tuesday afternoon.
"We certainly open up conference play with a bang, playing 4 of the top 5 teams from last season," said Aces head women's basketball coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. "It will be a great test early to see where we are at and we will be ready for the challenge. This is a phenomenal conference and at the end of the day, there is no easy path. We'll be ready to compete hard one game at a time."
Beginning December 30, the MVC portion of the Aces 2021-22 slate features its usual 18 games with a return to the traditional scheduling format the Conference used prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Aces make the longest road trip of the season in week one, opening the conference campaign on December 30 at UNI before taking on Drake on January 2. Back inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse, Evansville welcomes in Bradley on January 7 before the Illinois State Redbirds make the trip to the River City on January 9.
Travel partner and in-state rival Indiana State is next up on the schedule as the Aces travel to Terre Haute to open a three-game road swing on January 13. The following weekend, Evansville makes the trek north to take-on Loyola on January 21. On January 23, the Aces head to Valparaiso to face the Beacons in the ARC, a place Evansville found success last season. In the opener of the weekend series at Valpo last year, senior Anna Newman put on an incredible performance, getting to the free-throw line 18 times and leading the Aces to the win with a game-high 17 points.
After the road trip, Evansville faces the 2020-21 MVC Regular Season Champions to Meeks with a January 27 matchup with Missouri State before taking on SIU on January 29 at home.
The second half of The Valley season begins on the road on February 4 and 6 with trips to Illinois State and Bradley. Evansville's three-game homestand begins on February 12th with a contest against Indiana State inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse, a game in which the Aces forced overtime a season ago before falling 70-63. Valparaiso and Loyola close-out the homestand for Evansville on February 18 and 20, respectively.
The final two weekends of the regular season set-up for an exciting finish for the Aces with three of the top four teams in 2020-21 included in the final stretch. Road trips to Missouri State and SIU highlight the penultimate weekend of the season on Feburary 24 and 26. For the fourth-straight season, Evansville will conclude the regular season at home with Drake (March 3) and UNI (March 5) making the trip to Meeks for the final weekend.