HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Haverford College women's basketball team has announced its 2018-19 schedule. The Fords will play 25 total regular season contests, including 11 home games at the Gooding '84 Arena. A non-conference highlight for the Fords is a trip to the historic Palestra on January 27, as Haverford will face off with Division I Penn for the first time in program history.
The regular season begins with a home contest against Immaculata on Monday, November 12. The Fords are 8-6 all-time against the Mighty Macs and have won the last six matchups between the two programs dating back to 2011. The Fords then head to a familiar location, the Mayser Center on the campus of Franklin & Marshall, for the Franklin & Marshall Classic. Haverford will face off with Washington & Lee and an opponent to be determined on November 17 and November 18, respectively.
The conference season commences in earnest on November 20 as the Fords travel to Collegeville to face off with Ursinus. A home matchup with Franklin & Marshall (Nov. 27) precedes a short jaunt to Bryn Mawr to wrap up the first month of action (Nov. 29). December begins with a two-game home stand as Haverford's two Centennial Conference Tournament opponents from a season ago visit Gooding Arena. Gettysburg (Dec. 1) and Muhlenberg (Dec. 5) both will travel to Haverford before the Fords wrap up the first month of conference play with a trip to Washington College (Dec. 8).
Haverford faces Main Line foe Eastern for the first time since 2012 on December 16, drawing the 2018 portion of the schedule to a close.
January marks the return from the winter holidays with a home contest against Johns Hopkins (Jan. 5) before the Fords hit the road to take on Dickinson (Jan. 8). A Saturday matinee contest at home against McDaniel (Jan. 12) serves as a prelude to road contests at Johns Hopkins (Jan. 16) and Franklin & Marshall (Jan. 19).
The busiest week of the season starts on January 22 with a home contest against Washington College. Haverford then heads to rival Swarthmore (Jan. 24) and Gettysburg (Jan. 26) before the Sunday matchup with Penn (Jan. 27). The Fords will face off with a Division I opponent for the first time in program history. A Haverford squad will be making its first appearance at The Palestra, which has hosted more NCAA basketball games than any other venue, since the men's basketball team faced off with Ursinus on January 31, 1998, a 67-22 win. The Haverford men have played in the building on seven occasions dating back to 1927.
A home game with Ursinus (Jan. 30) wraps up January and kicks off a stretch that includes four of five at home for the Fords, with showdowns looming against Dickinson (Feb. 2) and Bryn Mawr (Feb. 5). A key matchup at Muhlenberg (Feb. 7) comes before the Hood Trophy rivalry series resumes with Swarthmore at home (Feb. 13). The regular season finishes in Westminster, Md. against McDaniel (Feb. 16).
The Centennial Conference Tournament will get underway on February 19 with a first-round contest before semifinals and finals on February 22-23 at the site of the conference's top regular season team.
Last season, Haverford finished the season with its second-best win total in program history, reaching the postseason for the seventh consecutive campaign. The Fords knocked off a ranked Muhlenberg side on two separate occasions, including in the Centennial Conference tournament semifinals. Haverford reached the NCAA tournament for the second time in program history, earning an at-large berth to the tournament and facing off with Christopher Newport in Ashland, Va.
Despite losing senior co-captains and program cornerstones Sierra Berkel and Samantha Wetzel, Haverford is in very solid position to continue its run of success, as Macy Goldbach returns from the second of back-to-back All-Conference campaigns. Fellow guard Katie Cook will be another anchor and leader in her senior season while a rising sophomore class will have a bevy of postseason experience after two full years at Haverford. Julianna Clark, the reigning conference Rookie of the Year, is sure to be a versatile threat in just her second campaign on campus.