LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland women’s basketball coach Jeremy Lewis announced the team’s 2017-18 schedule this week, which includes 15 home games plus the Rosa Stokes Classic as well as 13 contests against teams that played in the NAIA Championships last season.
Lewis begins his ninth season at the helm of his alma mater with home games October 30 versus Oakwood University and November 3 against Martin Methodist. The Phoenix plays at Oakwood and Freed-Hardeman the next week and travels to Talladega College on Nov. 18 before taking part in the Jackson Rotary Classic on Nov. 24-25 in Jackson, Tenn. Last year’s field for the Rotary Classic included all but one team that had played in the previous year’s NAIA Championships.
Cumberland returns home Nov. 28 to face Hiwassee College and hosts the Rosa Stokes Classic on December 1-2. An exhibition game at Tennessee Tech on Dec. 7 precedes four more home contests during the remainder of December, including outings versus Indiana University-Southeast (Dec. 9), Talladega College (Dec. 11), Huntington University (Dec. 16) and the University of Mobile (Dec. 31).
CU also visits Stillman College on Dec. 14 and hosts the Tigers to begin the New Year on January 4.
All 14 Mid-South Conference games take place in January and February this season beginning Jan. 6 at Lindsey Wilson. Cumberland plays four of its first six league contests on the road, including visits to the University of Pikeville, Shawnee State and Georgetown College in the month of January. The University of the Cumberlands (Jan. 18) and Life University (Jan. 20) visit the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center during the month as well, as does Campbellsville University on Jan. 27.
The schedule reverses starting February 1 with a home game against Lindsey Wilson followed by home outings versus Shawnee State and Pikeville. Senior Day takes place Feb. 24 against Georgetown College and the 2018 Mid-South Conference Championships take place March 1-4 in Pikeville, Ky. The 38th Annual NAIA Championships are scheduled for March 15-21 in Billings, Mont.
“We wanted to challenge ourselves during the preconference season,” Lewis said. “We play seven games against national tournament teams before league play. It really helps prepare our team for the depth of our league, how good the teams are and how well they are coached. It does not do our team any good to play a bunch of cupcakes.”