The St. Mary’s Women’s basketball team has been through a lot of challenges this season but they have continuously managed to dust off and push themselves forward. While the season began with a rocky start, the Seahawks have vowed to finish strong with the help of the head coach Crystal Gibson. With two consecutive wins under their belt, the Seahawks race through the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) games.
On Jan. 14 the Seahawks defeated Frostburg State University (72-57), earning the team their fourth Capital Athletic Conference victory. The women’s basketball team encountered a small setback on Jan. 18 against Salisbury (52-44) but bounced right back on the 21, earning a win against Stevenson (61-55). “We have a strong bench, and we work together as a whole unit, which is why we were able to bounce back…” says sophomore guard/forward Bridget Wilkins.
On Jan. 25 St. Mary’s Seahawks dominated the court in a CAC home game victory against the Hood College Blazers (71-52). This was their second match against Hood after defeating them Dec. 10 (70-41) at their court. The SMCM athletics website explains how “the Seahawk defense stifled Hood’s offense, forcing the Blazers to commit 32 turnovers.” St. Mary’s players placed high numbers in the game, scoring new career and season bests. The team raised their overall standing and series score (8-11, 6-4 CAC) keeping them above Hood College (5-13, 1-9 CAC).
The Seahawks believe that their winning streak comes as a result of their ability to work as a team. “After traveling to China together this past summer, we all grew a lot closer, which has definitely benefited us this season,” explains Wilkins. The bond formed among this group of women has resulted in a good season for the Seahawks. The team is supported by each of its members: “[E]very single player on the team has the ability to contribute,” says Wilkins.
The St. Mary’s women’s basketball team looks forward to facing more challenges in the upcoming conference games. “We’ve had ups and downs this season, but we know we’re capable of being consistent, so we’re working on getting there,” says junior guard and the team captain Jasmine Jones, who scored 15 points in the Jan. 25 victory against Hood.
The team’s next game is a home game against York College on Wednesday Feb. 1. The game against York will be their third to last home game, and fifth to last conference game till the CAC championships.