Clemson's Lady Tigers will play 16 conference games and a 14-game non-conference slate highlighted by a trip to Las Vegas, NV for the Duel in the Desert during their 2013-14 schedule, which was released Wednesday by the ACC.
New Clemson coach Audra Smith is beginning her first season as Clemson’s leader with a strong slate that features 10 NCAA tournament teams from a season ago.
“I am very excited to get to work preparing for this tremendous schedule,” said Smith. “The ACC has become one of the premier conferences in the nation for women’s basketball, and this season will be no different. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase our program against some of the finest in the nation.”
Clemson will play two televised home conference games on RSN affiliates on Jan. 20 against Wake Forest and Feb. 13 against NC State. Clemson game with Miami on Jan. 26 will appear on ESPN3 as well. Clemson’s full webcast schedule will be released at a later date.
The preseason kicks off on Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. with Rock the ‘John, which is a night of promotional activity and basketball, including both the men’s and women’s programs.
The season officially starts on Nov. 8 against Davidson in Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson starts the season with four straight home games, which also includes dates with Wofford on Nov. 10, Cal State Northridge on Nov. 17, and a midweek contest against South Carolina on Nov. 20.
Clemson will make a return trip to South Florida. The Bulls claimed last season’s meeting in overtime, before eventually working themselves into the NCAA tournament. The Tigers will play Radford before Thanksgiving break, and then will play North Florida, at UNC-Greensboro, at home against South Carolina State.
The Lady Tigers will then travel to Las Vegas for the Basketball Travelers Duel in the Desert from Dec. 19-21, which takes place at the Cox Pavilion of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
There, Clemson will play UNLV, Creighton, and Oregon State on consecutive days before a short holiday break.
Non-conference play closes with a home game against Middle Tennessee and a road game at New Jersey Institute of Technology on Jan. 2.
Clemson opens its conference season at Notre Dame on Jan. 5 before playing Georgia Tech and Pitt at home. January also features a trip to Chapel Hill, where Clemson defeated UNC 52-47 in the 2011-12 season. January also features a home game with Wake Forest, a road game to Syracuse, a home game with Miami, and a road game at Georgia Tech.
Clemson’s final eight games include trips to Virginia, Maryland, Pittsburgh, and Virginia Tech, and home games with Duke, NC State, Boston College, and Florida State.