QUINCY, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene College women's basketball team has unveiled its 2017-18 schedule consisting of 25 games, including 12 home events.
Led by seventh-year head coach Sacha Santimano, the Lions return eight veterans from last season's squad. Senior Shelby Holmes (Seeley Lake, Mont.) is the team's top returning scorer after averaging 9.0 points per game a year ago while classmate Kayla Torio (Manteca, Calif.) added 8.2 points per contest and paced the squad with 6.9 rebounds per game.
Eastern Nazarene tips off its 55th season of competition November 15 at home against non-conference foe Dean in the first-ever matchup between two schools in program history.
After competing at the Brandeis Tip-off Tournament November 17 and 18, the Lions return home to square off against Pine Manor November 26.
Eastern Nazarene visits Wheelock November 27, followed by road games at Salve Regina and Wentworth to begin Commonweath Coast Conference play before hosting Western New England December 5 and non-league foe Lesley December 7.
On December 16, the Lions will travel to the San Juan, Puerto Rico to square off against University of the Sacred Heart.
Upon returning to the Bay State, Eastern Nazarene will host Endicott January 4 to kick off the new calendar year.
The Lions will visit rival Gordon before returning home to host five-time defending CCC champion University of New England January 9 at the Lahue Physical Education Center.
Eastern Nazarene is slated for a road game at Roger Williams January 11 and a pair of conference games at home against Curry and Nichols.
The Lions will travel to Western New England January 20 before facing Salve Regina and Wentworth at home. Eastern Nazarene will finish January on the road at the University of New England in a rematch of last season's CCC semifinal showdown, the Lions' first semifinal appearance since 1999-2000.
Eastern Nazarene will begin February at Endicott followed by home contests against Roger Williams and Gordon. The Lions wrap up the regular season with a pair of road games against Nichols and Curry.
Eastern Nazarene posted an 18-9 overall record with a 10-8 mark in the Commonwealth Coast Conference a year ago. The Lions' 18 victories last season are the most in a single season since the 1999-2000 campaign.
Santimano's squad will be looking to reach the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament for the sixth time in the past seven seasons.
Live statistics and live video will be available for all ENC basketball home games.