NEWBERRY — The Newberry College Wolves’ first exhibition game against a Division I opponent since the 2009-10 season will occur Nov. 9 when Newberry travels to High Point for an exhibition showdown with the Panthers.
Sean Page, head coach of the women’s basketball team, said the Wolves’ meeting with High Point will count as an exhibition for Newberry, but will count as a regular season game for High Point. The Panthers will host Newberry five days after hosting Catawba in an exhibition game.
High Point finished 2011-12 with a 17-13 overall record and 11-7 mark in Big South action, including a trip to the Big South Tournament. High Point has not played a current team from the South Atlantic Conference since the 2005-06 season when the Panthers topped Mars Hill 57-49.
The Panthers top returning scorer from a season ago is redshirt junior forward Stacia Robertson, who averaged 12 points per game a season ago and added 6.9 rebounds per game to her stat line.
Newberry’s trip to High Point will see the Wolves play in the Millis Athletic and Convocation Center. Opened in 1992 the Millis Center hosted the Big South Women’s Basketball Tournament four years in a row, hosted the men’s tournament four times and has also hosted the Big South Volleyball Tournament twice.
The Wolves return their top two scorers from a season ago in juniors Haylee Lepaio and Samantha Creed. Lepaio averaged 18.1 points per game, 9.0 rebounds per game and 1.5 blocked shots per game as a sophomore.
The Australian post was named All-SAC First Team, Daktronics All-Southeast Region First Team, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ All-America Honorable Mention and Women’s Division II Bulletin All-America Honorable Mention.
Creed earned All-SAC First Team honors after averaging 15.6 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game and 3.3 assists per game. Creed and Lepaio ranked in the top 100 nationally in points per game, while Creed finished the year in the top 170 in assists per game.
Both were top 90 in field goal percentage, while Creed rated No. 21 in free throw percentage and was top 175 in 3-point field goals per game and assist to turnover ratio. Lepaio finished her sophomore season No. 49 in the country with ten double-doubles.
Newberry’s regular season will begin on Nov. 12 with a road trip to Sumter for a non-conference showdown with Morris. After a trip to Mount Olive, the Wolves will open conference play at home against SAC newcomer Coker on Nov. 20.