The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team will get to test itself against every other Division I squad in the state this season.
Second-year coach Ty Margenthaler couldn't be happier about that setup, which is part of the Redhawks 2012-13 schedule released Tuesday.
Southeast will host Missouri State and St. Louis University while visiting Missouri and Missouri-Kansas City.
"I think that's great for our program," Margenthaler said. "It gives us a chance to start some great rivalries. We're trying to build our fan base and get our name out around the state."
The 29-game regular-season schedule features 13 home contests. Other nonconference home dates are against Wright State, Illinois-Chicago and Western Illinois.
Other nonleague road opponents are Kansas, Arkansas State, SIU-Carbondale and Western Kentucky in addition to a tournament in Houston that will feature two games against opponents still to be determined.
"It's a tough schedule, but I think it's fair," Margenthaler said. "Our staff put together a challenging yet winnable nonconference schedule."
Margenthaler is excited to play nearby SIU-Carbondale, an opponent the Redhawks' have not faced on a regular basis in recent years.
"I think that's just a win-win. It makes sense," he said.
The Redhawks open the season Nov. 9 at home against Wright State, followed by six straight games away from the Show Me Center.
Southeast has one home exhibition game, Nov. 4 against Southern Indiana.
Division I teams are allowed either two exhibitions against non-Division I teams or one exhibition and a closed scrimmage, which can be against a Division I squad.
Margenthaler chose the second option for the second year in a row.
The Redhawks will have a 16-game Ohio Valley Conference schedule for the second straight year as this season marks the first year for divisional play.
Southeast will play fellow OVC West Division members Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois, Murray State, SIU Edwardsville and Tennessee-Martin twice each, both home and on the road.
The Redhawks face the six OVC East Division teams just once apiece. Southeast hosts Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State and Tennessee Tech while visiting first-year conference member Belmont, Jacksonville State and Tennessee State.
Southeast opens its OVC schedule at home against defending champion Tennessee-Martin on Dec. 29.
2012-13 Southeast women's basketball schedule
|Nov. 4||Southern Indiana (exhibition)||TBA|
|Nov. 9||WRIGHT STATE||TBA|
|Nov. 12||at Missouri-Kansas City||TBA|
|Nov. 14||at Kansas||TBA|
|Nov. 19||at Arkansas State||TBA|
|Nov. 23||at TBA (at Houston) &||TBA|
|Nov. 24||at TBA (at Houston) &||TBA|
|Nov. 29||at Missouri||TBA|
|Dec. 5||at SIU Carbondale||TBA|
|Dec. 8||WESTERN ILLINOIS||TBA|
|Dec. 15||at Western Kentucky||TBA|
|Dec. 21||MISSOURI STATE||TBA|
|Dec. 29||TENNESSEE-MARTIN *||TBA|
|Dec. 31||at Belmont *||TBA|
|Jan. 5||AUSTIN PEAY *||TBA|
|Jan. 7||MURRAY STATE *||TBA|
|Jan. 9||ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY||TBA|
|Jan. 14||at Tennessee State *||TBA|
|Jan. 21||MOREHEAD STATE *||TBA|
|Jan. 26||at Eastern Illinois *||TBA|
|Jan. 28||at SIU-Edwardsville *||TBA|
|Feb. 2||EASTERN KENTUCKY *||TBA|
|Feb. 4||at Austin Peay *||TBA|
|Feb. 9||EASTERN ILLINOIS *||TBA|
|Feb. 11||SIU-EDWARDSVILLE *||TBA|
|Feb. 16||at Tennessee-Martin *||TBA|
|Feb. 23||at Jacksonville State *||TBA|
|Feb. 25||TENNESSEE TECH *||TBA|
|March 2||at Murray State *||TBA|
|March 6-9||OVC Tournament (at Nashville)|
& David Jones Classic
* OVC game