LEWISTON - Warrior Athletics released the 2021-22 women’s and men’s basketball schedules on Wednesday. This year marks the first full Cascade Collegiate Conference season for LC State after a modified schedule in 2020-21 due to the pandemic.

Men’s basketball will open the season on Oct. 17 with an exhibition against the Seattle Mountaineers. Yellowstone Christian will be in town for the first counting games of the year on Oct. 27 and 28, and the Warriors will travel to Spokane, Wash. for an exhibition against NCAA Division I Gonzaga on Nov. 5. Men’s basketball will play in a pair of tournaments including the Clearwater River Casino & Lodge Classic, hosted by LC State, in which they’ll face Providence and Montana Western. The Warriors will also travel to Corban’s tournament to face Portland Bible College and Ottawa (Ariz.).

“With last year not allowing for fans to attend, we wanted to get our guys in front of our home fans as much as possible in the nonconference schedule,” men’s head coach Austin Johnson said. “We’ve got a few games against national tournament contending teams which will be a big challenge for our young/inexperienced team. Our game at Gonzaga will be a great opportunity for our guys to play against what should be the No. 1 ranked team in the country and in a very special environment.”

The Warrior women begin their season on Nov. 2 when they host NCAA Division III Whitman College. They will play Idaho in an exhibition in Moscow on Nov. 9 before hosting a tournament Nov. 12 and 13 in which they’ll play Montana Tech and Rocky Mountain. LC State will travel to Rocklin, Calif. on Nov. 26 and 27 to face William Jessup and NCAA DIII Pacific Union.

“We are excited to be competing in the Cascade Conference and are looking forward to playing a conference schedule with a consistent Friday-Saturday format, where we only play league opponents twice during the regular season,” women’s head coach Brian Orr said.

The CCC season will begin on Nov. 23 when LC State travels to Walla Walla for a midweek matchup in College Place, Wash. The first home conference matchup of the season is slated for Dec. 3 when Northwest University visits the Activity Center.

“We’re excited to be heading into the upcoming 2021-22 season as it will be our first real season in the CCC which is routinely one of the best conferences in the country,” Johnson said. “There will be big time matchups against national tournament level teams night in and night out.”