The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) basketball programs are entering the final few weeks of the season. As of Feb. 6, both the men’s and women’s programs have only four games remaining each until the playoffs commence. Currently, the women’s team sits at a 6-14 record (2-12 in conference) and the men’s team sits at 3-17 (2-11 in conference). As of right now, both teams will need to win out and/or have other teams lose in order to make the playoffs.
After completing the 2016-17 season with a 7-18 record, the women’s basketball team is in a good position to have a better record than last year. On Feb. 3, the Seahawks lost a tough game on the road against Wesley College. After a back and forth game, Wesley pulled ahead in the middle of the third quarter, only to have the Seahawks come back to within one point at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Wesley then went up by three points with nine minutes left in the game and maintained the lead for the remainder of the game. In the end, Wesley held on to a 59-55 win (smcmathletics.com).
Sophomore Janey Mathisen led SMCM with 15 points, two steals and two assists. Senior Olivia Nowlin also added 13 points, four rebounds and four assists in the effort.
Seniors Nowlin and Kerri Kline and junior Katie Robey are all captains for the SMCM women.
The SMCM women’s team was scheduled to play at Trinity College on Feb. 5 but a water pipe burst and flooded the arena. As a result, the game has been canceled. To round out the season, both the men’s and women’s teams will face Salisbury University (Feb.7), Southern Virginia University (Feb. 10), York College (Feb. 14) and Penn State Harrisburg (Feb. 17). This will conclude women’s head coach C.K. Calhoun’s first season in charge of the Seahawk program and men’s head coach Chris Harney’s 13th season at SMCM (smcmathletics.com).
While their record may fail to show it, the SMCM men’s basketball team has been a very competitive program this winter. They have beat conference opponents Frostburg State University (79-76, Dec. 9) and Penn State Harrisburg (83-71, Jan. 13) and also defeated Gallaudet University (80-75, Nov. 15). The Seahawks have also lost some very close games this season as well. While playing in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., they lost a game against Olivet College (Michigan) 117-111 in triple overtime. Throughout the year they have dropped five other games by fewer than 10 points (smcmathletics.com). While close games do not count towards the record, they give the program a building block for moving forward.
The men’s team is captained by seniors Chae Bynum, Chris Craft Jr., Donovan Robinson and LaVonte Sanders.