St. Mary's Women's Basketball a Week Away from Opening Tip-Off

St. Mary's Women's Basketball a Week Away from Opening Tip-Off

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – We're seven days from the dawn of a new era in the history of St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball as first-year head coach C.K. Calhoun takes the helm for the Seahawks in 2017-18.

This year's schedule features a full complement of 25 contests, including 13 home games at the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena. It will be a challenging lineup from start to finish with four of the Seahawks' opponents having competed in the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship Tournament, including defending Capital Athletic Conference champion and NCAA Final Four participant, Christopher Newport University.

In addition, three conference foes – Christopher Newport (No. 2/4), Marymount (Va.) University (No. 14/RV), and the University of Mary Washington (No. 24/21) – were all ranked in the D3hoops.com Top 25 and WBCA Top 25 Coaches preseason polls.

New for this year, the Seahawk women will be the second half of some of the doubleheaders and tip-off at 8:00 p.m. So please be mindful of the starting times when you're checking out the schedule and planning out which games to attend.

St. Mary's begins the campaign with three straight home games, welcoming The Catholic University of America to the O'Brien ARC Arena on opening day before hosting Goucher College, Hood College, and Washington College in the 2nd Annual Dan Greene Memorial Invitational on Nov. 17-18. Catholic received votes in the final polls last season after making the NCAA Tournament.

The Seahawks then take to the road to finish out November at Mary Baldwin University (Nov. 25) and at Mary Washington for the CAC opener on the 29th. Mary Baldwin has only had three wins over the last six seasons while UMW advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year.

December begins with two home conference tilts against Marymount (Dec. 2) and CNU (Dec. 6). Marymount, Calhoun's alma mater, danced all the way to the third round last season while Christopher Newport is the defending CAC regular-season and tournament champion. St. Mary's then heads back out on the road to face league foe, Frostburg State University (Dec. 9), and Gallaudet University (Dec. 17).

Following a short holiday break, the Seahawks return home for a three-game home-stand against Penn State Behrend (Dec. 29) and conference opponents, Southern Virginia University (Jan. 3) and Wesley College (Jan. 6). St. Mary's ventures back out on the road for matchups at Salisbury University (Jan. 10) and at Penn State Harrisburg (Jan. 13). York College of Pennsylvania wraps up the first half of CAC play on Jan. 17 at the O'Brien ARC Arena.

St. Mary's second shot at its conference opponents begins on the road at Marymount (Jan. 20) and at CNU (Jan. 24) before hosting Frostburg State (Jan. 27) and Mary Washington (Jan. 31). A pair of road games marks the beginning of February as the Seahawks travel to Dover, Delaware, to face Wesley (Feb. 3) before jumping out of conference play to battle Trinity University in Washington, D.C. on the 5th.

Two home games sandwich a pair of road games for the final four games of the regular season. Salisbury comes to town on the 7th followed by contests at Southern Virginia (Feb. 10) and at York (Feb. 14). Senior Day will be celebrated against Penn State Harrisburg on the 17th.

The CAC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament begins February 20 with first-round action followed by the semifinals on the 22nd and championship game on the 24th. 

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