Published on March 4, 2020 by Joey Mullins  

The Samford women's basketball team earned a share of the program's first Southern Conference regular-season title with a 70-53 win over Western Carolina Saturday afternoon in the Pete Hanna Center.

With the win, Samford shares the league regular-season title with UNCG and Chattanooga. Through the conference tie-breaker, Samford earns the No. 1 seed in next week's SoCon Tournament, marking the highest the Bulldogs have ever been ranked.

The Southern Conference Sports Media Association named Samford head women’s basketball coach Carley Kuhns, who is in her first year coaching at Samford, Co-Coach of the Year. Junior Natalie Armstrong and senior Sarah Myers were named first team All-SoCon by both the coaches and media when the league released its postseason women's basketball awards.

“I’m really proud of this team and proud of my staff,” Kuhns said. “We have continued to get better since day one of us being here. I just couldn’t be happier for these kids and these 8 seniors. To get to cut down nets on their own floor is a pretty special moment.” 

The Bulldogs will take on Western Carolina Thursday at 10 a.m. CST in Asheville, North Carolina.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.