2017-18 Women's Basketball Season Preview

Senior Sarah Kaufman and her teammates open 2017-18 with at the Emerson Tip-Off Tournament on November 18-19.
Senior Sarah Kaufman and her teammates open 2017-18 with at the Emerson Tip-Off Tournament on November 18-19.

With no one lost to graduation for the second-consecutive year, the 2017-18 Middlebury women's basketball team is eager to begin the season. Under the direction of fourth-year head coach KJ Krasco, the Panthers have continued to make improvements in the win column, posting a 17-8 mark a season ago. That win total marks a five-game improvement from the 2015-16 campaign.

Middlebury welcomes back the entirety of its roster from last winter. Senior guards Sarah Kaufman, Sabrina Weeks and Rachel Collins return to the court for their final years. Kaufman averaged a team-best 10.9 points per game a year ago and ranked second on the team with 2.1 assists. 

Weeks has appeared in 57 career games during her first three years, averaging 5.3 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per contest.

Collins and classmate Eileen Daley have both provided sparks on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor during their careers.

In the paint, junior Catherine Harrison looks to build off a solid first two seasons in a Panther uniform. A season ago, she averaged 9.6 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per contest with seven double-doubles. Harrison shot a team-best 47.3 percent (96-203) from the floor.

Junior guards Alex Huffman and Colleen Caveney have been steady presences in the starting lineups the last two seasons. Huffman dished out a team best 2.8 assists per game last winter, while averaging 5.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, while Caveney averaged 9.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in her second collegiate campaign.

Sophomores Betsy Knox, Kira Waldman, Maya Davis and Lily Kuntz all had solid first years for the Panthers. Knox played in all 25 games with 21 starts, scoring 6.6 points per game to go along with 4.0 rebounds per contest. She knocked down a team-best 86 percent of her free throws (43-50).

Waldman also played in all 25 games, averaging 6.4 points per game and pulling down 4.0 rebounds per contest in her first year.

Davis and Kuntz were key contributors in the paint and on the perimeter and will be looked upon to play significant roles on both ends of the floor this winter.

Krasco and the Panthers open the schedule against Emerson on November 18 as part of the Emerson Tip-Off Tournament. Middlebury begins its home slate of 10 games in Pepin Gymnasium on November 29 against Rensselaer, while league play starts when the blue and white host Connecticut College on January 5.