HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Haverford College women's basketball team has announced its 2017-18 schedule, which will include 11 home games at the Gooding '84 Arena. The action will begin on Wednesday, November 15 as the Fords welcome Elizabethtown for the season opener. The Fords and Blue Jays last met in the season opener in 2015, a 47-43 win for Elizabethtown at home.
After the season lid-lifter, the squad heads on the road for three straight contests. The first road action will see Haverford competing at the Gwynedd Mercy Tip-Off Tournament in Gwynedd Valley, Pa. against some unfamiliar opponents. The first contest will be a matchup with the Sage Colleges (Nov. 18) before a matchup with Penn State Harrisburg or Gwynedd Mercy depending on the results of the first day of tournament action (Nov. 19).
The Fords will be facing off with Sage for the first time in program history. Haverford has also never faced Penn State Harrisburg and has not done battle with Gwynedd Mercy since 1987.
The Centennial Conference season begins with a trip to Collegeville to face off with Ursinus (Nov. 21) before the Fords host BiCo partner Bryn Mawr (Nov. 28). The month of November concludes with a Thursday night trip to Franklin & Marshall (Nov. 30).
The Fords will briefly exit conference play to start December with a trip to Hoboken, N.J. to match up with Stevens (Dec. 2). Last season, the Fords dispatched the Ducks at home, 56-49, in the first meeting between the two programs. A return to conference play comes swiftly with a midweek visit to Muhlenberg (Dec. 6) that precedes a Saturday matinee at home against Washington College (Dec. 9).
After the break for winter recess, the Fords return home to face off with Dickinson (Jan. 6) before heading on the road for a Tuesday contest with Gettysburg (Jan. 9). A home game with McDaniel is slated for January 11 ahead of road games at Johns Hopkins (Jan. 13) and non-conference foe Immaculata (Jan. 15). Last season, Haverford breezed past Immaculata at home. The Fords will be making their first trip to Main Line foe Immaculata since the 2015-16 season.
Hood Trophy points will be up for grabs as the Fords host Swarthmore (Jan. 17) before welcoming Franklin & Marshall (Jan. 20). A Tuesday night trip to Bryn Mawr (Jan. 23) comes before a home game with Ursinus (Jan. 25). The month wraps up with consecutive road contests at Dickinson (Jan. 27) and at Washington College (Jan. 31).
Februrary opens with a three-game homestand as Gettysburg (Feb. 3), Muhlenberg (Feb. 6) and Johns Hopkins (Feb. 8) come to Gooding '84 Arena to complete their annual home-and-home series with Haverford.
The Fords visit McDaniel (Feb. 10) and Swarthmore (Feb. 14) to wrap up the regular season. The Centennial Conference Tournament begins with first round action on Tuesday, February 20 ahead of semifinal and final action at the site of the number one seed on Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24.
Last season, the Fords went 19-7 (16-4 in conference play) including season sweeps of Bryn Mawr, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Johns Hopkins, McDaniel, Swarthmore and Washington College. The win total was the program's second-best in history (19-7), second only to the Centennial Conference championship squad in 2014.
Haverford hosted the Centennial Conference tournament for just the second time in program history. Sierra Berkel was Haverford's first Centennial First-team selection since Jacquelyne Pizzuto (2014-15) and joins Pizzuto, Nina Voith and Claudette Pirwitz as the only Fords to garner selection to the first team. Overall, Haverford made its sixth straight appearance in the Centennial Conference tournament under head coach Bobbi Morgan.