Peyton Williams, Sports Writer • email@example.com
The Emory & Henry College Women’s Basketball has hit the ground running in preparations for this upcoming season. Under the leadership of fourth-year head coach Anne Crutchfield, the Wasps are looking to have another impressive year and aiming for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship.
The Wasps are coming off a 19-8 season and are looking for new ways to create an offense now that standout Megan Jacoby has left the program. E&H will need a big year out of reigning ODAC Freshman of the Year Taylor Blevins. The Wasps will also look for major contributions from a trio of sophomores Kara Stafford, Sydney McKinney, and Peyton Williams as these three players saw action in all 27 games last season.
Senior guard Chloe Harris will also play a pivotal role in the Wasps’ success this season after missing most of last year due to an injury. The Wasps recently released their schedule for this season. They will play 25 regular season games this year, one of which will be a mid-season NCAA Division I exhibition against the United States Naval Academy. The Wasps face a tough schedule as they will go up against six teams that reached the NCAA Division III Tournament last year.
E&H opens their season on Friday, November 17th against Belhaven University in the Emory Tip Off Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. The Wasps will then face the University of Texas-Dallas on Saturday, November 18th to conclude the tournament. The Wasps will then host Brevard College in the John Rutledge King Center for their home opener. The Panthers from Ferrum College will then travel to campus to visit the Wasps. The Wasps will get a taste of Old Dominion Athletic Conference play on Saturday, December 2nd when they travel to Shenandoah University. A highlight of the season will come on December 3rd when the Wasps travel to the United States Naval Academy to battle Navy in a Division I exhibition.
The Wasps will then travel to the campus of Oglethorpe University for two games against the Panthers of Birmingham-Southern College and then will take on the Stormy Petrels of Oglethorpe. The Wasps then get into the heart of ODAC play as they host Hollins University. Key conference games against NCAA Tournament participants include a home-and-home series with both Guilford College and Lynchburg College.
The ODAC released their preseason poll which had the Wasps ranked third. The Wasps have high expectations under Coach Crutchfield and are counting on another successful season. Their work will begin next Friday in Atlanta, Georgia.