The Samford women’s basketball team has begun a new era under first-year head coach Carley Kuhns.
With a team that returns twelve of its fifteen players on the roster from a season ago, Coach Kuhns should have an experienced squad to work with.
In their first two games so far this season, the Bulldogs have posted a record of 1-1, having beaten Montevallo in their home opener on November 5 by a score of 81-60, then losing on the road to Kennesaw State by a score of 55-60.
Through the first two games, leading scorers for the Bulldogs include senior guard Sarah Myers, senior guard Charity Brown and senior forward Samantha Fitzgerald.
Myers, who is averaging 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, one assist and one steal per game, will be a welcomed presence for the Bulldogs this season. After having spent the first three years of her collegiate career at the University of Maryland playing in 82 games for the Terrapins, the guard will plug in right away and provide production and minutes for the team.
Fitzgerald and Brown both played key roles last season, and will look to be key pieces in the rotation moving forward.
The Bulldogs will rely on experience and an older roster to help them steer towards a run in conference play this season.
A competitive non-conference slate should help to prepare the Bulldogs to face what should be a tough Southern Conference schedule this season.
Matchups against Florida (Nov. 16), Florida State (Nov. 17), UAB (Dec. 3) and Kentucky (Dec. 8) will serve as key tests for the Bulldogs.
Other key newcomers to watch out for include redshirt senior forward Christen Carter, a transfer from South Alabama, and freshman Kathleen Wheeler, a forward from Priceville, Alabama.
The Bulldogs will return to action against Florida on Saturday.
Collin is a sports writer for The Crimson. He is a senior finance major.