HIALEAH, FL – ASA College Miami released its 2018-19 women's basketball schedule Tuesday.
The Lady Silver Storm will play 30 games this season – a new record for scheduled games in a single season – tipping off with a road game on Friday, November 2nd and concluding the season at home on February 23.
ASA Miami will be "road warriors" for the first six weeks of the season – traveling to play 10 of their first 11 games, including eight straight road games to open the year.
The Lady Silver Storm will start the year with a two-game, two-day trip to Fort Myers, Florida to play in a four-team, round-robin set – opening up against IMG Academy on Nov. 2 and taking on reigning Suncoast Conference champions and host Florida Southwestern State College on November 3rd.
ASA's road gauntlet will then go through Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College and Trinity College, before finishing with another trip to Fort Myers (after the Thanksgiving holiday) to play in the JuCo Shootout – taking on Chipola College (Nov. 29) and Santa Fe College (Nov. 30) – at Florida Southwestern.
The team's first home game won't be played until December 3rd – a 5 p.m. showdown with Trinity College at Bucky Dent Gymnasium, located in Hialeah, Florida.
ASA Miami first-year head coach Kevin Johnson, the program's third head coach in as many years, said he built the 2018-19 schedule with a plan in mind.
"We're meeting adversity early and I want my team to see the adversity at the beginning of the season so that we can make progress as the season goes along," Johnson said.
"The two previous coaches never scheduled more than 26 games. I wanted to have 30 games because I feel that having more games gets the players ready for conference play and perhaps even the state tournament – if we get that far."
After the long eight-game road trip, the Lady Silver Storm get to enjoy four home games – Trinity College, North Central Missouri College (Dec. 12), IMG Academy (Dec. 15), and Baltimore City Community College (Dec. 19) – before going on Christmas break.
The team will have one final non-conference tune-up (a January 8th matchup against Onondaga Community College) before opening up Region VIII conference play on Jan. 9 at Broward College.
Over the final two months of the season, ASA Miami will play three games against each of their conference foes Miami Dade College, Indian River State College, Broward College, and Palm Beach State College.
Crammed inside the conference schedule, the Silver Storm will also host DME Sports Academy (Jan. 23) and IMG Academy (Feb. 18).
ASA Miami's women's program has struggled to find tangible success on the court the past two seasons. The Lady Silver Storm has yet to record a regular-season victory and can only hang their hat on a 57-49 loss to Florida State College at Jacksonville this past season as the lowest margin of defeat in the two-year span.
Since his hiring in June, Johnson has worked ceaselessly – recruiting a new crop of student-athletes while also installing new workout regimens, restructuring practices and implementing team-building strategies – in the hopes of creating a winning culture for ASA's women's basketball program.
"We have a lot of progress to still make, but I am feeling great about the team right now," Johnson said.
"When you come into a program and you try to change the culture, it takes a little while to fully make the paradigm shift. But I like where we're going. We did a very good job of bringing in good kids that want to change the program and buy into our philosophy…it's a group that is dedicated to making a difference and I feel that we can change the culture this season. And I have a coaching staff that is on board in regards to making a change in the culture at ASA Miami."
"I can't promise that we'll make the state tournament or make it to regionals," Johnson added. "But we will win some games this year, I can promise you that."
ASA Miami Women's Basketball 2018-19 Schedule
|11/2 – at IMG Academy (at FSWSC)||12/3 – Trinity College||1/8 – Onondaga CC||2/2 – Indian River State|
|11/3 – at Florida SW State||12/7 – at Northwest Florida State||1/9 – at Broward College||2/6 – at Palm Beach State|
|11/10 – at Daytona State College||12/8 – at Pearl River CC (at NWF)||1/12 – Miami Dade College||2/13 – at Broward College|
|11/11 – at DME Sports (at DSC)||12/12 – N. Cen. Missouri Coll.||1/16 – at Indian River State||2/16 – Miami Dade College|
|11/13 – at Eastern Florida State||12/14 – at Hillsborough CC||1/19 – Palm Beach State||2/18 – IMG Academy|
|11/16 – at Trinity College||12/15 – IMG Academy||1/23 – DME Sports Academy||2/20 – at Indian River State|
|11/29 – at Chipola Coll. (at FSWSC)||12/19 – Baltimore City CC||1/26 – Broward College||2/23 – Palm Beach State|
|11/30 – at Santa Fe CC (at FSWSC)||1/30 – at Miami Dade College|
*Home games are BOLD; Home games played at Bucky Dent Gymnasium unless noted otherwise.