The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team wrapped up the season with a series sweep over in-state rival Morehead State, 64-58 on Saturday night at McBrayer Arena.
Head coach Samantha Williams ends her inaugural season with an 11-18 record.
“I’m excited and pleased about how they came together,” Williams said. “Chemistry is important to me in this first season and understanding the rebuild and what it’s going to take and Catie was a big part of that.”
Senior Catie Kaifes is the lone senior on the women’s basketball team this season and played in her final game at McBrayer Arena on Saturday. She was honored before the game.
“We had a great run this year especially with coach Sam coming in and a new staff, we just came together as a team and dominated. We just wish we could have come out with a better outcome,” Kaifes said after the win over Morehead State.
The Colonels finished the season in 10th place in the Ohio Valley Conference and missed the cut to make it to the OVC tournament.
EKU was able to end a four game losing streak with the victory over in-state rival Morehead State.
“It’s great to be able to sweep your rival,” Williams said.
Williams credits Kaifes for leading the Colonels this season and for helping to turn the program around from the two win season a year ago to an 11 win season.
“You couldn't have asked for a better captain and person to lead the team. I just think the world of her,” Williams said about Kaifes.
Even though this year's team had a lot of new faces, Kaifes said their team chemistry was special and that helped them win games.
“Our bond was inseparable on the court,” Kaifes said.
The Colonels round out the season 5-13 in the OVC with wins over Morehead State twice, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville twice and Tennessee State.
“I think we were playing our best basketball here as of late,” Williams said. “We’ve been trying to put 40 minutes together. We competed with most of the teams in the league, but we had to find a way to put 40 minutes together.”
Williams was happy to see her team finish the season strong even when they faced obstacles against the Eagles.
“I’m proud of them and they were able to close out that game through adversity,” Williams said. “Catie fouled out and I’Liyah (Green) fouled out and we had two freshmen there on the floor at the end and they found a way to get it done.”
Williams said she is optimistic about the future of the EKU women’s basketball program and excited for the hard work her team will put in over the off-season. She plans to use this first season as motivation heading into year two leading the Colonels.