College of Southern Maryland
Sarah Williams MS, ATC, LAT, PES
Assistant Athletic Director of Student Life and Athletics
Nick Williams MS, ATC, LAT
(301) 934-2251 x 7207 Office
Just a shade over five minutes into last Tuesday’s contest against visiting Howard, Taylor White picked up her second personal foul.
The imposing 6-foot freshman power forward — a North Point High School product whose impactful inside presence has her leading College of Southern Maryland this young women’s basketball season with per-game numbers of 18 points, 13.8 rebounds, 5.5 blocks and 3.2 steals — was thus relegated to the bench for the remaining 14 minutes 54 seconds of the first half and forced to lead the Hawks cheering section.
Losing its best player in past years for so long in a game would have most likely resulted in devastation for CSM.
But not this season, as the team is already turning heads in the Maryland Junior College Conference as a much-improved program.Led by sophomore guard Morgan Jordan’s game-high 20 points, the Hawks maintained their lead over Howard throughout the first half once White went to the... (Click here for more)
Head coach: Andrew Norris (second season)
Last year: 3-18
Athletes to watch: PG Morgan Jordan (So., Elizabeth Seton), G/PG Alex Manning (Fr., Northern), F Braedyn Mims (Fr., Calvert), F Taylor White (Fr., North Point), F Carly Flowers (Fr., McDonough), G Whitney Jones (So.)
Key personnel losses: Teshaun Greene
Strengths: The team is full of guards and Norris is happy with the chemistry, stating he has a “good group of girls.” The Hawks started off with a successful scrimmage on Nov. 14 over Galluadet University and won 49-35.
Weaknesses: The learning process of competing together will need time to develop. The size of the team and its ability to compete on the collegiate level will take time as well. The loss of Greene’s 13 points per game may be missed, but Jordan also had high numbers last year, averaging 11 points per game. The Southern Maryland Athletic Conference has sent CSM some talent that just needs time to develop as a solid unit.
Coach’s comments: “We want to improve over last season. We have the potential to do some good things if we learn how to compete and play together for a full 40 minutes.”
Key games: Feb. 5 at Prince George’s Community, Feb. 12 at MDJUCO Tournament [TBD]
In the past two weeks, the Lady Hawks of CSM have hosted two opponents on their home court. After dropping their first home game to Montgomery Rockville on November 12th, they returned home after a winning trip to Gallaudet to try and bring their record back to 500. As the opener of a double header against both Garret College and Howard Community College, CSM won both games in an impressive fashion to lift themselves to a 3-3 record.
On the 16th of the month, a very shorthanded Garret College came to La Plata to battle the Hawks. Suiting up only five players, the previously undefeated Lady Lakers had their work cut out for them on the night. Because of the lack of depth, Garret was forced to play a slower game; the Lady Hawks took advantage of the problem by trapping the ball handler consistently, resulting in a plethora of turnovers by the Lady Lakers. CSM opened the game with a 21-7 run, and more than doubled the opponent’s scoring output in the first half 34-16. The second half was much of the same; runs by CSM, turnovers and fouls by Garret. The game did take an interesting turn, however, when the Lady Lakers’ Rodrina Thorpe-Sheppard fouled out with five minutes left. This event forced them to finish the game with only four players on the court. The Lady Hawks continued to coast their way to victory, winning 62-33, led by freshman Taylor White’s 22 point, 20 rebound performance.
Four days later, the Lady Hawks were back at it again against a deeper team in Howard Community College. White, coming off of her impressive performance, got into foul trouble early in the game, and sat on the bench most of the first half. Sophomore guard Morgan Jordan was the key factor for the Lady Hawks in the first half, scoring 12 points to keep the team ahead of the Lady Dragons at 30-26. In the second half, following a spur of basket-for-basket game play by the two squads, Jordan, White, and sophomore guard Alex Manning spearheaded a 21-8 run by the Lady Hawks that proved to be the turning point of the game. With a few minutes remaining, the Lady Dragons changed their defense to a full court press in hopes of coming closer to a tie. At that point, all was lost for Howard, who only managed four points off of turnovers while utilizing the press, and once again CSM won by a comfortable margin of 62-46.
After an away game at Anne Arundel Community College, the Lady Hawks will return home to play CCBC-Dundalk on Wednesday, December 5th.
Written by: Benjamin McKnight III