On Saturday, Feb. 14 the Kalamazoo College Women’s Basketball team qualified for the postseason for the first time under Coach Katie Miller, and for the first time with the new four-team playoff system. They are 10-5 in the conference this season, currently landing them in third place.
Coach Miller took over the team in the 2011-2012 season and the program has shown nothing but success since. Despite a weak history, the Hornets have competed with the best teams in the MIAA under Coach Miller. Coach Miller credits all the success to her hardworking and dedicated team that simply have the will to win.
“Someone once told me that our team are warriors. They outwork other teams on the court with their good hustle plays and it helps us win games,” said Miller.
This shone through in Kalamazoo’s recent win in overtime versus St. Mary’s. They were down seven with only 1:14 left in the game. The Hornets came up with two big steals that helped them to late victory. Miller considers those steals hustle plays.
“It was one of my favorite memories from this season. It was a huge game and for our team to come up big in the heat of the moment was incredible,” said Miller.
On Feb. 11 the women took on rival Hope in a battle of a basketball game. Hope, who is 13-1 on the season, defeated the Hornets 65-52.
“Hope is a great team, we played great defense throughout the game. We just struggled to score points in the second half. There are a lot of positives to take from that game,” said Miller. After the tough game the women had to take the positives from the loss and prepare for Albion on Feb. 14.
Saturday was Senior Day for the Hornets. They took on Albion in a game that offered a chance to secure a playoff berth. Senior Day brings many distractions and emotions that can make focusing on the game hard. The Hornets came out strong and started the game off on a 10-0 run. They never looked back. They defeated Albion 65-56 with a strong performance from all the seniors.
This clinched their first playoff berth under the new system, and it is something the team is excited to have accomplished. They are striving for more as they have two regular season games left, and then look to have a strong performance in the playoffs.