The Lady Demons garnered the program’s best finish in 10+ years and finished four spots higher than league-polls predicted with a 40-15 overall record, claiming second place in the Southland regular season with an 18-7 mark.
“We played some really strong teams last season, and did well against them, so we want to continue with that,” said Pickett. “Playing top-30 teams and schools that made it a significant distance in the NCAA tournament will certainly challenge the team and prepare us for our Southland Conference games.”
The 50-game schedule kicks-off at the Troy Subway Invitational in Troy, Ala., with contests against North Florida and the host Trojans on Feb. 17, No. 9 Alabama the following day and Middle Tennessee State on Feb. 9.
The Crimson Tide finished the season 45-15 overall, 13-11 in the SEC to earn a bid to the post-season, winning the Tuscaloosa Regional in three-straight games and later falling to Tennessee, two games to none in the supers.