The Embry-Riddle women's basketball team made history last season, hosting a conference tournament game for the first time in program history and reaching the NCAA Division II tournament in their first year as an official member.
With a target now on their back, the road this season figures to be even tougher. On Friday, head coach Lisa Nuxol-Wilson, who is entering her fifth season, announced just what that road will look like when she unveiled the Eagles' 2018-19 schedule.
The quest for another postseason run will begin at home Nov. 10-12 as ERAU will host a Regional Tip-Off Challenge. The Eagles will face Clarke Atlanta on Saturday and then a West Alabama team they beat twice in 2017 on Sunday.
The Eagles will hit the road for the first time on Nov. 13 when they head north to take on rival Flagler College, and open Sunshine Conference play Nov. 28 at Rollins.
ERAU will host defending conference champion Florida Southern on Dec. 5 — the Mocs beat the Eagles, 87-68, in the title game last March — and then the Eagles will head to Las Vegas to compete in the Trip Sports Las Vegas Hoopla from Dec. 17-18.
The Eagles will open the second half of the season with a five-game homestand beginning Dec. 29 against Tampa, and will close the year with three of their final five games on the road, including the season-finale March 2 at Eckerd.
The Sunshine State Conference tournament takes place March 6-10, and the NCAA II tournament begins March 15.
The Eagles graduated six seniors from last year's historic 24-8 squad, but they do return a strong core, including second-team All-Conference and SSC All-Tournament team selection Lauren Ellenberger and reigning Freshman and Newcomer of the Year Nikki Tucker. Three of last season's starting five are set to return.