Created:Wednesday, September 4, 2013 1:45 p.m.CDT

Women's basketball schedule released


The Northern Illinois women's basketball team's 2013-14 schedule includes three games against in-state opponents.

The Huskies will host Bradley on Thursday, Nov. 21, will visit Illinois State Thursday, Dec. 5, and host Illinois-Chicago Tuesday, Dec. 31.

NIU opens the season at Wisconsin-Green Bay Nov. 8, and will take the floor at the Convocation Center for the first time on Tuesday, Nov. 12 against Mississippi Valley State. The Huskies will play at Wisconsin, where head coach Kathi Bennett previously served as an assistant, Sunday, Nov. 17.

Other non-conference opponents include two teams which will visit the Convo – South Dakota State (Dec. 17) and Northern Iowa (Dec. 21). The Huskies will also take part in the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic in Las Cruces, N.M. Nov. 29-30.

Bennett's team begins Mid-American Conference play Saturday, Jan. 4 against Ohio. The MAC Tournament begins Monday, March 10, with the final taking place Saturday, March 15 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

"This year's schedule is a tough one," Bennett said in a news release. "I feel like our non-conference schedule is the toughest it's been since I've been here and I think that level of competition will blend right in with the MAC this year, which is going to be very strong."

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