The basketball schedule for the upcoming season at North Central Missouri College has been announced for the defending Region 16 champion Lady Pirates.
Direct link to the NCMC Lady Pirates 2014-2015 Schedule
The Lady Pirates, coming off of their first national tournament appearance and first Region XVI title since 2007, will open the new season at the Barton County Classic in Great Bend, Kansas on October 31st and November 1st. Opponents for NCMC will be determined later. Game times will be 1:30 PM on Halloween and 5:30 PM the following day. A two-game homestand greets the Lady Pirates upon their return to Trenton, with North Central taking on the Graceland University JV on November 5th (5:30 PM), and Kansas City Kansas Community College on Saturday, November 8th (2:00 PM).
A traditional November road trip for North Central, to Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, will happen on Monday, November 10th, with the women's game at 5:30. The Lady Pirates host the Missouri Valley JV on November 13th (5:30 PM), travel to Lamoni (Iowa) to battle the Graceland JV on November 17th (7:00 PM), and host the Lady Panthers of Ellsworth Community College on November 19th (5:30 PM).
The Lady Pirates appear in their second "Classic" during November on the 21st and 22nd, traveling to Quincy, Illinois for the John Wood Classic. North Central battles John Wood at 7:30 PM (11/21) and Danville (Illinois) at 1:00 PM (11/22) to finish up the month of November.
December brings another trip for the women to the Miami-Dade Classic in south Florida, but before the Lady Pirates get on the plane, there are home tests against Southwestern Iowa (12/3 at 5:30 PM), Moberly (12/6 at 2:00 PM) and road swings to KCK Community College (12/9 TBA) and Fort Scott, Kansas Community College (12/12 TBA). Games in Miami will be played on December 18th and 19th, with opponents to be determined. Game times are expected to be 5:00 PM for the first game and 3:00 PM for game two, wrapping up the 2014 portion of the Lady Pirates schedule.
An emphasis on regular season Region XVI games will be evident in 2015 for the North Central women, although four tune-up games will be played before the region opener, against Wentworth Military Academy at the Ketcham Community Center on January 21st at 5:30 PM. The Lady Pirates host Fort Scott on January 7th (6:00 PM), travel to North Arkansas (Harrison, AR) on January 10th (2:00 PM), play in Marshall, Missouri against the Missouri Valley JV on January 12th, and host an always tough Crowder College squad on January 14th (5:30 PM).
Following the region opener against Wentworth, the Lady Pirates host St. Louis on January 24th (2:00 PM) along with Cottey and former Lady Pirate All-American Stephanie Beason on January 27th (5:30 PM), before the first of a home-and-home set with rival Penn Valley, in Kansas City on January 31st (2:00 PM).
Turning the calendar to February, road trips are in abundance for the squad, as St. Louis hosts NCMC on February 7th (1:00 PM), with a trip to Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri on February 11th (5:30 PM) Penn Valley visits the NCMC campus in Trenton on Valentine's Night, for a 5:30 contest. The Lady Pirates play at Cottey College on February 17th (6:00 PM), before the regular season finale, at the Ketcham Center against North Arkansas, February 21st at 2:00 PM.
The Region XVI Tournament at State Fair Community College in Sedalia will be played with semifinals on February 28th and the championship game on March 1st.
The Lady PIrates tune-up for the season with two "jamboree" appearances and a scrimmage in October, traveling to the Heartland Jamboree in Kansas City, the "Courts JUCO" Jamboree in Springfield, and hosting Graceland University.