ELON, N.C. – On the heels of a championship season, the Elon University women’s basketball announced its 2017-18 non-conference slate Tuesday, Sept. 19, to complete its 29-game regular season schedule.
“We are extremely excited about our upcoming 2017-18 schedule,” said Elon head coach Charlotte Smith. “We feel we’ve assembled a schedule that really challenges our team through the first two months of the season before we get into conference play looking to defend last season’s CAA title.”
Before the calendar turns to 2018, Elon will have battled two programs that went to the 2017 NCAA Tournament and four more that participated in the WNIT, including two that reached the quarterfinals. The 11-game non-conference slate includes four home games, five true road games and two neutral-site games at the Puerto Rico Clasico in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
Regular-season home games in 2017-18 for the Phoenix include MEAC powerhouse Hampton, Winthrop, North Carolina Central and Coker. Elon’s home slate starts Nov. 5, though, with a 5:30 p.m. exhibition in Alumni Gym against Anderson.
Road contests throughout the non-conference portion of the schedule include trips ACC foes NC State and Wake Forest, AAC mainstay Central Florida, the Atlantic 10’s Davidson and North Carolina A&T. In Puerto Rico, the Phoenix will take on Alabama and Iowa. Both programs Elon will face south of the U.S. mainland reached the quarterfinals of the WNIT a season ago.
The release of the non-conference schedule completes Elon’s 2017-18 schedule after the Colonial Athletic Association announced the league’s conference slate Aug. 17.
Season tickets for Elon’s 47th and final season in Alumni Gym will be available later this month.
2017-18 Non-Conference Schedule
Nov. 5 vs. Anderson (Exh.) | Elon, N.C.
Nov. 10 vs. Winthrop | Elon, N.C.
Nov. 13 at North Carolina A&T | Greensboro, N.C.
Nov. 17 vs. Hampton | Elon, N.C.
Nov. 22 at Central Florida | Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 24 vs. Alabama | Fajardo, Puerto Rico*
Nov. 25 vs. Iowa | Fajardo, Puerto Rico*
Nov. 27 vs. Coker | Elon, N.C.
Dec. 2 at Wake Forest | Winston-Salem, N.C.
Dec. 6 at Davidson | Davidson, N.C.
Dec. 16 at NC State | Raleigh, N.C.
Dec. 19 vs. North Carolina Central | Elon, N.C.
*Puerto Rico Clasico game