NEWBERRY — The Newberry Wolves women’s basketball team is set to host the Stokes-Trainor Conference Challenge to kick off the 2016-17 season. Games are slated for Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.
The teams that will join Newberry in the Challenge will include Belmont Abbey, Coker and Limestone.
Newberry defeated Belmont Abbey to open the 2015-16 season by a final of 87-56. The Wolves then went on to face Limestone, who was ranked No. 11 at the time, losing by a final of 56-41. The Wolves went 2-0 vs. conference foe Coker last season winning by final scores of 86-76 and 67-60.
“I am extremely excited about the potential of this team,” said head coach Sean Page who is entering his ninth season at Newberry. “We are very young only having one senior, but we do have very good returning players and have added some talent and depth. The start of the season will be important for us to establish an identity.”
Newberry is coming off a 17-13 overall record in 2015-16, including a 15-7 record in the South Atlantic Conference. The will be led by their preseason all-conference players Meg Essex and Nicola Handreck.
“We’re super excited to host the Stokes-Trainor Conference Challenge and can’t wait to begin our season,” said Handreck, who averaged 12.2 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, and 3.7 assists per game last season as a sophomore. “It has been a lengthy preseason and we’re all just ready to put all our hard work on the court in front of our Wolves fans.”
The schedule for the weekend is listed below:
2 p.m.: Coker vs. Limestone
4 p.m.: Belmont Abbey vs. Newberry
5 p.m.: Coker vs. Belmont Abbey
7 p.m.: Limestone vs. Newberry
This release was provided by Newberry College.