ASHEVILLE, N.C. - An opening-day home game with Western Carolina, a home date with Big East foe South Florida and a road date at UNC Chapel Hill highlights the 2012-13 UNC Asheville women's basketball schedule. The schedule was released today by first-year Bulldog coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick.


"Our non-conference schedule will be both exciting and challenging for our team this year," stated Kirkpatrick. "I am pleased that seven of our eleven non-conference games are going to be at home in Kimmel Arena.


"We kick off the season with Western Carolina in the Asheville Collegiate Invitational on November 10th. Fans will be able to see two college women's basketball games on that first Saturday of action," added Kirkpatrick. "I am also pleased to be bringing the Big East to Kimmel on November 28th when we host The University of South Florida."


The Bulldogs open the season at Kimmel Arena on Nov. 10 when they host the second annual Asheville Collegiate Invitational with a double-header. The first game pits Charleston Southern vs. UNC Greensboro, followed by Asheville's game with mountain rival Western Carolina.


Kirkpatrick's club stays at Kimmel Arena when they host Wofford (Nov. 15) before journeying to Ohio Valley Conference club Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 17).  


After a home game with Montreat (Nov 20), the Bulldogs head to ACC power UNC Chapel Hill on Nov. 25.


Two days later, Asheville welcomes South Florida to Kimmel Arena. The Bulls went 19-16 last season and advanced to the third round of the WNIT.


The Bulldogs open Big South Conference play at home against Campbell (Dec. 1). Asheville travels to USC Upstate (Dec. 3) before playing home games against Columbia College (Dec. 8) and Kennesaw State (Dec. 13).


Kirkpatrick's club will compete in the Hatter Classic at Stetson University. They'll play Bethune-Cookman in the first round (Dec. 18) and take on Stetson (Dec. 19) the next day.


Asheville finishes December with a home conference contest vs. High Point (Dec. 29). The Bulldogs open 2013 on the road at Radford (Jan. 3) and defending Big South champion Liberty (Jan. 5).


January's scheduled is highlighted by a three-game homestand at Kimmel vs. Winthrop (Jan. 10). Presbyterian College (Jan. 17) and Gardner-Webb (Jan. 19).  Asheville will have its longest road swing of the season when it plays four consecutive games away from Kimmel. The Bulldogs will journey to Charleston Southern (Jan. 24), Coastal Carolina (Jan. 26), Gardner-Webb (Jan. 31) and Presbyterian (Feb. 2) before entertaining Charleston Southern (Feb. 7) and Coastal Carolina (Feb. 9).


Asheville hosts Liberty (Feb. 21) and league newcomer Longwood (Feb. 23). The Bulldogs finish the regular season at Winthrop on March 2.