The Middlebury College women’s basketball program has consistently been one of the top teams in the New England Small Colleges Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The Panthers have appeared in the postseason for 20 of the last 24 seasons with three NCAA Tournament showings. Middlebury won its second ECAC title in 1996-97, while advancing to the NESCAC Championship game in 2002. During the 2012-13 season, the Panthers advanced to the NESCAC Championship weekend.
The Panthers have also gained attention for several players whose statistics ranked them nationally among all other Division III schools. Middlebury has boasted a Division III national champion rebounder (Caroline O'Leary in 1990-91), as well as a national scoring leader and first-team Kodak All-American Sladja Kovijanic following the 1992-93 season. Kovijanic was inducted into the Middlebury Athletic Hall of Fame in November 2015.
Middlebury’s team carries between 12 and 15 players who appear in 24 games during the regular season. Practice begins November 1 and is held daily, with players expected to attend unless there is an academic conflict. Players are generally on the floor for two hours. Combined with preparation and post-practice activity, the total commitment is about three hours a day.
For the basketball player looking for a challenging academic experience combined with a top-notch program, Middlebury is an excellent choice. At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, the Panthers were recognized by the WBCA on the Division III Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll with the nation's 16th-best grade point average of 3.507.