PEORIA, Ill. -- The Bradley women’s basketball team will make a rare appearance at Carver Arena Friday night, opening a two-game home stand against Stony Brook, before playing 2013 NCAA Tournament participant South Florida Sunday afternoon at Renaissance Coliseum.
Friday’s game against Stony Brook (1-1 overall) will be Bradley’s (2-0 overall) first regular-season contest at Carver Arena since the 2004-05 campaign and 16th overall. The Braves are 11-4 (.733) all-time at Carver Arena, including a perfect 4-0 in non-conference contests at the downtown facility. The game will be part of a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader with the men’s team taking on Chicago State at 7 p.m. and the women’s game following at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Group rate tickets are available for Friday’s Carver Arena doubleheader by showing you “Like” Bradley Braves Athletics on facebook. To purchase the group rate tickets you must present your smartphone or a printed page showing you “Like” Bradley Braves Athletics at the Bradley Ticket Office at Renaissance Coliseum. The group rate will not be available for purchase at Carver Arena and tickets must be purchased at Renaissance Coliseum prior to 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.
In addition to Friday’s game against Stony Brook, the Braves will face South Florida (2-1 overall) Sunday in a 3 p.m. contest at Renaissance Coliseum. The Bulls, which are receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, feature three starters from last year’s squad which posted a 22-11 record and advanced to the second round of last season’s NCAA Tournament.
A subscription video stream for both women’s basketball games will be available at BradleyBraves.com, in addition to links for live stats and audio stream.
Bradley has had to rally from double-digit deficits each of the first two games and is 2-0 to start a season for the first time since 2008-09. The Braves will be trying for the first 3-0 start to a year since 2005-06 and just the fourth 3-0 start in program history.
Monday’s 18-point comeback at Southeast Missouri State was the largest deficit overcome for Bradley since rallying from 20 down against Tennessee Tech on March 14, 2012 in the opening round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational. In addition, the 18-point comeback was the largest road deficit in a BU victory since the start of 1997-98 season. The Braves erased 16-point opponent leads at St. Mary’s (Calif.) on Nov. 28, 2003 and also rallied from 16 down at Illinois State on Feb. 12, 2000.
Junior Michelle Young (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week Monday and is averaging a league-best 26.0 points per game this season. Her 52 points in the first two games of the 2013-14 season are the most in consecutive games by a Bradley player since Genny Mueller scored 59 points in the final two home games of the 2003-04 campaign.
After the two-game home stand, Bradley plays five of the next six games away from home, starting Thursday, Nov. 21 at Northern Illinois (7 p.m.).