BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off the program's seventh New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship since 2009 last winter, Babson College head women's basketball coach Judy Blinstrub released the team's 2017-18 schedule on Friday.
The Beavers, who reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and finished 24-6 last winter, will open the season at the Keene State Tournament on November 17-18. The Green and White faces defending GNAC champion Saint Joseph's in its opener, and will meet either the host Owls or Framingham State on day two.
Babson hosts Connecticut College (November 26) and Wheaton (November 29) before opening December with three straight road games, which includes trips to Clark on December 2 and Wellesley on December 6. The Beavers will host Roanoke on December 18 and Bates on December 20 following final exams, and then travel to Springfield for the Naismith Classic on December 30-31.
The Green and White begins the new year by visiting MIT on January 3 and Smith on January 9. This is followed by three of its next four games at home, including rematches with Wellesley (January 11) and Clark (January 13), in addition to a January 20 matchup with Springfield. Babson closes the month with three straight road games, highlighted by a visit to Tufts, which lost in the 2017 Division III national championship game, on January 29.
The Beavers face a strong closing stretch for the second year in a row as they host Coast Guard on February 3 and WPI on February 7 prior to their second meeting with the Pride in Springfield on February 10. The Green and White closes out the regular season against MIT on February 14 at Staake Gymnasium.
The seven-team NEWMAC Tournament begins with the quarterfinals on February 21 and will conclude with the semifinals and final hosted by the regular season champion on February 24-25.