Saint Louis head women’s basketball coach Rebecca Tillett has announced that 5-foot-5 guard Kennedy Calhoun (Harrisburg, NC) will transfer to SLU and join the Billikens beginning next fall.
Calhoun was one of the top defensive guards in the country in her rookie campaign at Longwood University, ranking ninth in the NCAA with 89 steals and 27th with 2.6 steals per game, and helped the Lancers to a Big South Conference Championship and the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory.
“Kenn is a smart point guard and a high level defender,” Tillett said. “Opposing coaches change the way they initiate their offense as a result of her ability to disrupt. The strength of her game was immediately proven as a freshman on a veteran team. She is a champion who is hungry to win more games in the NCAA tournament. She learns rapidly, understands our offensive concepts, and is always one of the most competitive people in the room. “
Calhoun earned a spot on the Big South All-Rookie team after posting the fourth most steals (89) in a single season at Longwood, a number that would hold the top spot on the Billikens’ season chart.
The guard averaged 10.4 points per game in Big South play and had seven double-digit point contests, including five in league play.
Calhoun and the Lancers were winners in 15 of their final 17 games this past season, turning in their best overall and league records since joining the Big South almost 10 years ago, finishing 22-12 overall and 15-3 in the conference. The Lancers defeated Mount St. Mary’s in their March Madness debut in the NCAA’s inaugural women’s basketball First Four.
The Harrisburg, NC native was an All-Conference honoree in three straight seasons at Hickory Ridge High School, where she earned All-District first team plaudits and averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.1 steals as a senior.