FLORENCE – The upcoming 2019-20 University of North Alabama women’s basketball schedule features 12 home games, two neutral-site venues, and road games against a pair of Power 5 opponents.

“We are extremely excited about the season,” said UNA head coach Missy Tiber. “The schedule we put together will be competitive and should prepare us well for ASUN play.”

The Lions will open the season at home on Thursday, Nov. 7 against the University of Virginia-Lynchburg. Tip-off time is still undecided. UNA will host Mississippi Valley State at Flowers Hall the following Saturday.

The North Alabama women will then play their first-ever Big 10 opponent on Nov. 14 when the Lions take on Iowa on the road.

“It’s always exciting to open up in Flowers Hall,” added Tiber. “We were able to secure two consecutive home games to begin the year. We will also have a big test early in November visiting Big 10 power University of Iowa. We will also play at Iowa State in December. Both programs are perennial powers in NCAA Division I women’s basketball.”

The showdown against the Cyclones is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 30 in Ames, Iowa. It will also feature UNA’s first Big 12 opponent.

Prior to opening ASUN Conference play, the Lions will play two-game tournaments at the University of Denver Classic (Nov. 29-30) and the Georgia State Classic (Dec. 21-22). The Lions also have four games against in-state teams this year.

“It’s always good to have a few in-state games on the schedule,” Tiber said. “This year, we return to Alabama State after they came to our place last season. We will also host Samford.”

North Alabama will open its 16-game ASUN home-and-home slate at home on Saturday, Jan. 4 against North Florida. Tip-off time is set for 1pm at Flowers Hall. The 2020 ASUN Tournament will begin on March 7 with the higher seed hosting each round of the eight-team field.