CSM women’s hoops cancels re­main­der of sea­son

Short­age of play­ers dooms Hawks

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

Af­ter strug­gling to a 2-8 start through the first 10 games of its 2016-17 sched­ule, the Col- lege of South­ern Mary­land women’s bas­ket­ball team offi- cially can­celed the re­main­der of its games as of Jan. 1 due to a short­age of play­ers.

In a state­ment re­leased to South­ern Mary­land Newspa- pers from the CSM ath­let­ics de­part­ment on Tues­day, the Hawks women’s sea­son was even­tu­ally nixed “due to in­juries and a va­ri­ety of other aca- demic and non-aca­demic rea- sons, the team ros­ter shrank to five play­ers in De­cem­ber.”

CSM (2-8, 2-4 in the Mary- land Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) lost its first two games be­fore post­ing an 81-38 vic­tory at Howard Com­mu­nity Col­lege on Nov. 16. The Hawks later recorded their sec­ond and fi­nal win of the sea­son on Dec. 5 when they up­ended Al­legheny Com­mu­nity Col­lege, 64-59. But a series of lop­sided loss- es en­sued and even­tu­ally the short­age of play­ers cur­tailed the re­main­ing con­tests for the CSM women.

CSM’s sec­ond and fi­nal win ac­tu­ally came one week af­ter it was trounced by un­de­feated Har­ford Com­mu­nity Col­lege, 98-38, on a night when they scored only one point in the first quar­ter and trailed 57-10 at half- time. On that night, Ha­ley Oli- ver, a North Point High School grad­u­ate from Wal­dorf, led the Hawks with 13 points. All five starters and two re­serves got con­sid­er­able play­ing time that night, while three other back- ups played briefly.

CSM would later drop its fi­nal two games, 79-56 against Ce­cil Com­mu­nity Col­lege on Dec. 9 and 95-40 to Louis­burg Col­lege (N.C.) the next day. In their un- sched­uled sea­son fi­nale against Louis­burg, the Hawks fell be­hind 25-7 af­ter one quar­ter, trailed 40-17 at the in­ter­mis­sion and would later get outscored 35-9 in the fourth quar­ter.

CSM went 1-5 at home and 1-3 on the road. The Hawks were outscored 755-523 in those 10 con­tests. They were sched­uled to face Bal­ti­more City on Wed­nes­day and had four games re­main­ing in Jan­uary and two more in Fe­bru­ary, but those out­ings have al­ready been can­celed.

“While the col­lege could have con­tin­ued play­ing with a five-player ros­ter, the team would not have been able to sub­sti­tute any play­ers nor ac- com­mo­date any ill­nesses or ad­di­tional in­juries,” the CSM ath­letic of­fice state­ment con­tin- ued. “As of Jan. 1, the women’s bas­ket­ball team is con­sid­ered in the off­sea­son and all fur­ther games are can­celed.”

CSM sec­ond-year head women’s bas­ket­ball coach Ardell Jack­son said Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, “It was not what we had an­tic­i­pated, but by late last month we re­ally only had five healthy girls that could have fin­ished out the sea­son. At that point we did not want to risk any more fur­ther in­juries. We only had one sopho­more, Ak­i­lah Stro­man, and we’re work­ing with her to find a school for her next year. She has been get­ting a lot of in­ter­est from four-year

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