The Claflin University women’s basketball program has released its 2017-18 schedule, which includes non-conference opponents from three different NCAA Division II conferences. For the first time in three seasons, the Lady Panthers will open up on the road. In all, the Lady Panthers will have seven non-conference matchups and 11 home games.

The Lady Panther’s season will be tested early as they will be on the road for 11 of their first 14 contests.

Claflin will open the season on the road in a non-conference contest at Livingstone College on Nov. 15. The team will then host Florida Tech in the annual homecoming game on Nov. 18 before hitting the road for its next six contests.

“In looking at our schedule for the 2017-2018 season, it’s very rigorous and ambitious in preparing us for conference play,” first-year head coach Revonda Whitley said. “I’m looking for it to assist us in becoming both mentally and physically tougher for conference.”

After the Florida Tech contest, Claflin will begin its six-game road stretch in Petersburg, Va., against Virginia State on Nov. 20.

The Lady Panthers will then face Virginia Union University (Nov. 22) before opening Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play at Lane College (Nov. 25), followed by league contests at LeMoyne-Owen (Nov. 27), Albany State (Nov. 30) and Fort Valley State (Dec. 2) to close out the six-game swing.

Claflin will return home Dec. 4 for a rematch against Livingstone before hosting Spring Hill College in an SIAC contest on Dec. 16. Between the two home contests, the Panthers will be on the road for three games, including Dec. 13 at Limestone.

The Lady Panthers will close out the 2017 calendar year at SIAC foe Central State Dec. 30.

Competition will resume on Monday, Jan. 1, at Kentucky State University in an SIAC contest.

For a complete schedule, visit the Claflin University women's basketball page at

Claflin volleyball on road

The Claflin University volleyball team will close out the non-conference season Tuesday at Francis Marion University in Florence.

The Lady Panthers will enter the contest with a 7-17 overall record. The Patriots are 8-16.

Claflin will close out the regular season Nov. 10 before the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Championships Nov. 14-17 in Birmingham, Alabama.

N.C. A&T remains No. 1

A week in which there weren’t many losses by favored teams saw very few changes in the Boxtorow coaches' and media polls.

North Carolina A&T received all but two first place votes to remain the top team with the coaches. No.2 Grambling received the other two first place votes. The only significant change was Hampton’s loss to North Carolina Central dropped the Pirates two spots to No. 9, allowing for Bethune-Cookman and Tennessee State – both winners – to move up one spot each to Nos. 7 and 8, respectively.

There was one change in the media poll as Langston entered the poll for the first time since 2008. The Lions remain undefeated on the season.

Tennessee State dropped out of the poll.

Wofford, Furman in FCS polls

Wofford is ranked No. 8 in both the Coaches Football Championship Subdivision and STATS FCS Top 25 poll.

Furman, unranked in the coaches’ poll, is up two places to No. 21 in the STATS poll.

Wofford players honored

SPARTANBURG – The Southern Conference named its football players of the week Monday for all games played Nov. 4. Wofford cornerback Devin Watson and punter/kicker Luke Carter were tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively.

Bi-Lo honoring veterans

Bi-Lo is donating 150 University of South Carolina football tickets to veterans and families of United Service Organizations-South Carolina chapter.

Southeastern Grocers, parent company of Bi-Lo, will recognize active military and veterans with 10 percent discount on qualifying grocery purchases this Veterans Day.

The mission of the SEG All for Honor campaign is to thank the men and women who have served in the military. The community ticket donation and partnership with USO is aimed to continue the company’s support for veterans with collegiate partners.

Cuevas-Moore on watch list

COLUMBIA – South Carolina senior guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore earned a spot on the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List Monday as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame tapped the top 20 female collegiate point guards in the nation. The award, in its 19th season, recognizes the point guard who exhibits the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.