Women's Basketball At Middlebury
The Middlebury College women's basketball program has consistently been one of the top teams in the NESCAC. The Panthers have appeared in the post-season for 17 of the last 20 seasons, with NCAA three Tournament appearances. Middlebury won its second ECAC title in '96-'97, while advancing to the NESCAC Championship game in '02.
The Panthers have also gained attention for several players whose statistics ranked them nationally among all Division III schools. Middlebury has had a past Division III national champion rebounder, a Division III national scoring leader, and a first-team Kodak All-American. The Middlebury varsity is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference, competing with Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Connecticut College, Colby, Hamilton, Tufts, Williams, and Wesleyan. The schedule also includes Division III rivals Clark, Wheaton, and Emmanuel.
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 basketball program, Middlebury is an excellent choice.