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The Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball schedule was released Thursday. The Redbirds will face three new conference opponents during their title defense. 

The Missouri Valley Conference released its 2022-23 women's basketball conference schedule Thursday, with Illinois State beginning MVC play Dec. 30 versus Drake at home.

The reigning MVC tournament champions will start with back-to-back games at home before a four-game roadtrip. The roadtrip concludes in Nashville as ISU will face Belmont, a new conference foe.

The Redbirds will meet another Valley newcomer Jan. 29 when they visit Illinois-Chicago. ISU will play Murray State, the final team in its first year in the MVC, Feb. 5 at home. 

The I-74 rivalry will resume versus Bradley in Peoria, Illinois, Jan. 12 and again on Feb. 2 at Redbird Arena.

Seven games and a Thanksgiving tournament hosted by Nevada-Las Vegas will precede the MVC schedule. 

The Hoops in the Heartland tournament will crown the MVC champion March 13 at Vibrant Arena in Moline, Illinois. 

REID WATKINS is Sports Editor for The Vidette. Watkins can be contacted at rdwatk1@ilstu.edu. Follow Watkins on Twitter at @rwatkinssports 

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