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Mountain Lions open season tonight with exhibition at Kennesaw State


By: Michael MacEachern

Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Communications


The Young Harris College women's basketball team opens its 2022-23 schedule Thursday (Nov. 3) with a 7 p.m. exhibition game against NCAA Division I's Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.


The exhibition against the Owls is one of two exhibitions the Mountain Lions have this season against NCAA Division I opposition. YHC will travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee, Monday (Nov. 7) for a 7 p.m. contest against the Chattanooga Mocs.


INSIDE THE SCHEDULE:

  • The Mountain Lions will play 28 games this season, including 14 inside the Harp Recreation and Recreation Center Center.

  • The Mountain Lions will open the season at the Peach Belt Conference/Carolinas Conference Classic hosted by Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. YHC will face Lees-McRae at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 and Emmanuel (Ga.) College Nov. 12 at noon. Emmanuel leads the all-time series with the Mountain Lions 4-2, while Young Harris holds a 7-2 edge against Lees-McRae.

  • The Mountain Lions will open the home portion of their schedule Nov. 17 when they welcome Anderson (S.C.) University to the Enchanted Valley for a 5:30 p.m. contest. Young Harris will also host Mars Hill University in a 5 p.m. contest Nov. 22 prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Anderson leads the all-time series with YHC 2-0, while the Mountain Lions are 1-1 against Mars Hill.

  • The Mountain Lions will welcome Tusculum University, Emory & Henry College and Georgia College and State University to the north Georgia mountains for the YHC Classic Thanksgiving weekend. YHC will face Tusculum at 4 p.m. Nov. 26 and wrap up the Classic with a 2 p.m. contest against Emory & Henry the next day. This will be the first-ever meeting with the Pioneers, while the Mountain Lions swept the season series last season against Emory & Henry.

  • Young Harris will face Lenoir-Rhyne University at home for a 1:30 p.m. contest Dec. 3. This will be the first-ever meeting with the Bears.

  • The Mountain Lions will close out their seven-game homestand with their first two Peach Belt Conference games. YHC will host Georgia College Dec. 10 at 1:30 p.m. followed by an 11 a.m. contest against Flagler College Dec. 12. The Mountain Lions will recognize their 2022 YHC Athletics Hall of Fame class when they host GC and host their annual Education Day contest against Flagler. The Bobcats hold a slim 11-9 advantage in their series against YHC, while the Mountain Lions have a 7-6 lead in the series against the Saints.

  • Young Harris will wrap up its pre-Christmas schedule with two games in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Mountain Lions will face Saint Leo University Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m. and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) University the next day at 3 p.m. It will be the first-ever meeting for the Mountain Lions against both schools.

  • YHC will wrap up its non-conference schedule when they bring in the new year Jan. 1 with a 2 p.m. game at Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory, North Carolina.

  • The Mountain Lions will play four of the next five games on the road. They will face Clayton State University Jan. 4, Columbus State University Jan. 11, Flagler Jan. 14 and Georgia College on the road, while they will host Augusta University Jan. 7. Clayton State (18-2), Columbus State (12-7) and Augusta (9-5) lead in its series with YHC.

  • A home game against the University of South Carolina-Aiken is slotted for Jan. 21 before Young Harris travels to Dalonega, Georgia, to face its Blood Mountain rival University of North Georgia Jan. 25 and to Americus, Georgia, to face Georgia Southwestern State University Jan. 28. The series with USC Aiken is tied at 7, while Georgia Southwestern, which is ranked No. 14 in the preseason Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 poll, holds an 11-10 lead in the series. UNG, which is ranked No. 18 nationally, holds an 21-4 advantage in that series.

  • The Mountain Lions return to the Harp for three consecutive home games against Lander University Feb. 1, Clayton State Feb. 4 and Columbus State Feb. 8. Lander holds an 13-2 advantage in the series with YHC.

  • Young Harris will wrap up the season with road games against Augusta (Feb. 11), USC Aiken (Feb. 18) and Lander (Feb. 22) and home contests against North Georgia (Feb. 15) and Georgia Southwestern (Feb. 25). The Georgia Southwestern contest will serve as Homecoming and Senior Day for the Mountain Lions.

  • The Peach Belt Tournament will be held the first week in March with the top eight teams advancing. The quarterfinals will be played March 1 with the semifinals scheduled for March 2 and the finals on March 4. All tournament games will be played at the No. 1 seed.

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