The Samford women’s basketball team (12-13, 7-3 SoCon) is nearing the end of the 2019-2020 season.
Before participating in the SoCon tournament, the Bulldogs have four more games remaining in their regular season. They will play East Tennessee State and Chattanooga on the road, and then UNC Greensboro and Western Carolina at home. The Western Carolina game will feature all senior night festivities.
The Bulldogs are currently in their second rotation of Southern Conference opponents. In the first round of SoCon play, the Bulldogs defeated all three of the teams that they have remaining on their schedule.
The Bulldogs are led in scoring by junior forward Natalie Armstrong. Armstrong, a Georgia native, averages 14.4 points per game. She also leads the team with 19 total blocks.
Senior guard Charity Brown leads the Bulldogs in assists per game with 5.8. She also averages 8.8 points per game, good for third-highest on the team.
The 2020 season has been the first for head coach Karley Kuhns. Kuhns was hired in April of last year after a three-year stint at Valdosta State.
The first two months of the season were not easy for Kuhns. The Bulldogs went 6-10 in their non-conference schedule, however, they have only lost three conference games since beginning SoCon play on Jan. 9.
“I spent the whole months of November and December frustrated,” Kuhns said on the Samford Sports Weekend Wrap-Up. “No one likes to lose, and I was like, ‘Gosh, our schedule is so difficult.’ But after the Wofford game (Jan. 9), I realized — that’s why. That’s why we did it.”
Prior to Kuhn’s arrival, the Bulldogs went 10-20 overall and 5-9 in SoCon play last season. Their season came to an end with a 67-52 defeat to Furman in the quarterfinals of the SoCon tournament.
The Bulldogs’ game against ETSU will take place in Johnson City, Tennessee, at 6 p.m. on Thursday. They will then travel to Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon to face the Mocs.
The 2020 SoCon Tournament will begin on March 5 in Asheville, North Carolina.
If the Bulldogs win the SoCon tournament, then they will have a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The last time that the Bulldogs won the tournament was in 2012.