By MIRANDA O’CONNOR
Khiorie Stewart, a 6-foot-3 junior guard from Ashburn, Virginia had an impressive week of play for Mary Washington and was named Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 5, 2018. After helping lift the Eagles to two CAC wins the week before being named Player of the Week, Stewart seemed like an obvious choice for the title.
Stewart’s award for Player of the Week was well-deserved as demonstrated by his notable recent stats. In the games leading up to his title, Stewart was 14-19 from the field and 5-8 on three-pointers, scoring 12 points for UMW in their game against St. Mary’s and 23 points in UMW’s win over Penn State-Harrisburg.
“CAC Player of the Week is really more of a team award than an individual award,” said Stewart.
“I was lucky to have a good week, but without my teammates on the court I wouldn’t have been able to play that well,” he added.
In the games played between Jan. 20 and Feb. 8, UMW has won all of their games. This impressive winning streak has pushed the team to a seat in second place in the CAC conference, alongside Christopher Newport University and Salisbury, who are also second, and just two games behind York College of Pennsylvania.
According to Stewart, the team’s goal for the rest of their season is to take it one day at a time. Stewart continued to highlight on the importance of teamwork in their recent success by saying, “We need to continue to stick with each other and play as a team. As always, our goal is to win every game we play by working hard every day.”
While the Eagles haven’t had a standout season since 2013-2014 when they made an appearance in a Division III Elite Eight game, their 17-5 overall record as of Feb. 9 is proving that their hard work and cohesive team mentality is paying off.
UMW Men’s Basketball only has one remaining regular season game, against Marymount (Va.) on Saturday February 17 at 3:00pm at the Anderson Center. Following their regular season games, the CAC Tournament will begin on Tuesday February 20. With the help of CAC Player of the Week, Khiorie Stewart, the UMW community will look forward to a strong run by the Eagles in the CAC Tournament.