Portsmouth, Ohio – Shawnee State women's basketball have released their 2017-18 schedule, with five classics and a Mid-South Conference title defense highlighting the regular season slate.
Jeff Nickel's team will begin their season at home on October 27, when they host Kentucky Christian at Frank and Janis Waller Gymnasium at 6:00pm. The Bears turn around to play Cincinnati Christian on October 28 at 2:00pm, and wrap up their opening home stand against West Virginia Tech on November 4 at 2:00pm.
Shawnee State will play in the first of five classics from November 9-11 when they participate in the Mid-South Conference/Southern States Athletic Conference Challenge for the third consecutive year. Shawnee State are set to take on Martin Methodist (Tenn.), Bethel University (Tenn.), and Blue Mountain College (Miss.) in the annual showdown, hosted this year by Bethel.
A pair of two game classics will follow the MSC/SSAC Challenge for the Bears. Shawnee State will play Taylor University (Ind.) and Indiana Wesleyan at the Asbury University Classic on November 17 and 18. One week later, Shawnee State will participate in the annual NAIA Rotary Classic, held at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee, with opponents and times to be announced later.
2017 will see the return of Shawnee State's home classic, scheduled for December 8 and 9. Shawnee State will start the classic by hosting Brewton-Parker College (Ga.) on the 8th, and will host Asbury to wrap up the classic on the 9th.
Shawnee State will then mark a program first when the Bears travel to Rincon, Puerto Rico to play in three games at the Puerto Rico Classic. Shawnee State are set to play Pontifical Catholic University on December 18, Interamericana University on December 19, and University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez on December 20.
The Bears begin Mid-South Conference play on January 6 when they open the league slate at Pikeville for the second consecutive season. Shawnee State's first home conference game will be a matchup between last season's co-conference champions as Lindsey Wilson visits Waller Gymnasium on January 11.
Shawnee State will look for their fourth consecutive Mid-South Conference Tournament championship March 1-4, with the tournament moving to Bowling Green, Kentucky for the first time. After the conference tournament, Shawnee State will look to continue their season by playing in the NAIA National Championship Tournament, to be hosted again in Billings, Montana March 14-20.