Newly hired St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) women’s basketball coach C.K. Calhoun has started off her tenure as a Seahawk well. Under her leadership, SMCM has had had two key early season victories against Washington College and Mary Baldwin University.
The Washington College game is arguably the most intense game of the season so far. When the two schools squared off on Nov. 18, it only took two points to decide the winner as the Seahawks took the victory, 60-58. Washington College went into halftime with a 27-26 lead. The game remained extremely close in the final two quarters, before SMCM first year forward Hallie Persell hit a go-ahead and game-winning jump shot with just 6.7 seconds left in the game. In the victory, junior captain Katie Robey dropped 19 points and recorded her first career double-double by adding 11 rebounds. Junior Kobe Chaney had a double-double of her own, notching 11 points and 11 doubles in the victory. Senior Captain Kerri Kline became the 11th member of the SMCM women’s basketball 1,000-point club during the game. Kline finished the day with 14 points, according to smcmathletics.com.
The winning ways continued for the Seahawks as their victory over Mary Baldwin University came in the following game. Unlike the match against Washington College, this Nov. 25 game was a resounding victory for SMCM. The Seahawks finished on top by a score of 78-56. Persell led the charge with 19 points, while Chaney chipped in 18 rebounds. A critical point in the win was that SMCM shot a season best 42 percent from the field. They also set season highs by getting 53 rebounds, 13 steals and 11 assists, according to smcmathletics.com.
As of Dec. 1, both Kline and Robey are leading the scoring for SMCM. Kline is averaging 12.8 points per game and Robey is getting 11.2 points per game. Robey additionally leads the Seahawks with 2.8 assists per game and Chaney leads the squad with 11.4 rebounds per game.
Now in the midst of their conference play, SMCM will take on Christopher Newport University on Dec. 6 and Frostburg State on Dec. 9.
Kline, Robey and Olivia Nowlan are all captains for the 2017-2018 Seahawks.