The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) women’s basketball team opens up their season at home on Nov. 9 against Mary Baldwin University. The team is ready to build off of last year’s 8-16 record and become a force to be reckoned with in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).
Head coach C.K. Calhoun begins her second season at the helm of the Seahawks basketball program. Before becoming the head coach of the Seahawks, Calhoun served as the interim coach at Lafayette College (2015, 2017) as well as the head coach of Shenandoah University (2012-2014). Calhoun brings her invaluable coaching experience to the Seahawks and is ready to start the quest for a potential CAC championship. In addition to her experience as a coach, she played basketball at Marymount University (2004-2006). Calhoun was a three-year letter winner at Marymount where she was a member of two CAC championship teams.
When speaking of the upcoming season, Calhoun said, “I look for us to compete in all 25 games and play hard 40 minutes a night. We have a group of young women that are ready to become a force in the Capital Athletic Conference.” The Seahawks are entering the season with eight new players who are ready to take over and show that the basketball team at St. Mary’s has something to prove.
As far as the upcoming season goes, Calhoun states, “We began to establish our culture last season and I plan on continuing that process. We want to have positive energy on the court at all times and we are going to give maximum effort. Building that culture is a continual process.” Calhoun preaches defense to her players stating, “I am a defensive coach first. I am looking for our defense to create havoc and pressure. Our defense should create our offense.”
In the off-season, the players and coaches knew that there was work to be done in order to regain their reputation within the CAC. Calhoun claimed, “We brought in a strength coach, who was a huge help, and I know that they players were very serious with both their off-season conditioning as well as playing competitive basketball.”
Senior forward and team captain Kobe Chaney, ‘19, is ready to begin her final season as a member of the Seahawks squad. Chaney is prepared to welcome in the new Seahawks and start a legacy for the women’s basketball program. Chaney said that, “I want to leave St. Mary’s with a stepping stone to making this women’s basketball team one of the best in the Capital Athletic Conference.”
In Chaney’s time at St. Mary’s, she has been a steady force for the Seahawks. She was named the St. Mary’s Athlete of the month in December of 2015. She has also averaged 7.1 points per game in her time as a Seahawk. The team will lean on Chaney for both her veteran leadership skills and her ability on the court.
Chaney has a lot to look forward to in her final year in a Seahawks uniform. She says, “I am looking forward to playing with some of my closest friends in my final season on the basketball team. I get to finish my career here at St. Mary’s with my best friend and fellow captain Katie Robey, just like how we started our freshman year.”
Calhoun is ready to embark on her second season and see the progress which has been made since her arrival. It is important for the college students to get behind the Seahawks and cheer them to victory for every home game. Calhoun stated, “I believe we are going to play an exciting brand of basketball this season, and so if fans are looking for an entertaining two hours, they should come out to see us play!”
This Seahawks squad is excited to take flight into the new season. It is clear that the team is out and ready for a shot at a CAC championship. They know that their off-season preparation as well as their discipline in practice will pay off in the long-run.