Chikilra Goodman has played a big part in the success of Stony Brook’s basketball team. Goodman, a product of William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs, has done a great job of scoring, rebounding and passing leading the Seawolves to a 16-7 record overall and a 7-3 mark in the America East Conference.
As a result of her efforts, the former Public League standout has been named to the Dawn Staley Award Watch List announced by the Phoenix Club of Philadelphia. Goodman is averaging 11.7 points and 7.4 rebounds a game. She has handed out a team-high 76 assists.
The Dawn Staley Award was established in 2013 to recognize the country’s best guard in women’s Division I college basketball tying one of the most accomplished women’s basketball players in the world from the Public League to the nation’s best guard in women’s college basketball. The award will be given annually to a player who exemplifies the skills that Staley exhibited throughout her career, ballhandling, scoring, her ability to distribute the basketball and her will to win.
“It’s an honor,” Goodman said. “I was shocked, but I guess working hard turns out good in the end. It’s great. It really brings out the Public League. Brittany [Hrynko, DePaul, Engineering and Science] is on that list. I remember playing against her at E&S.”
Goodman could garner some additional recognition with the way Stony Brook has been playing this season. She hopes the Seawolves can go a long way in the postseason.
“The team is doing good,” Goodman said. “I think winning back to back games helps to build that chemistry, playing with each other, playing together as team and going hard every day in practice. We know that we have one goal and that’s to get to the America East Conference [championship].”
Goodman, a 5-foot-8 senior, would like to win the conference title and play in the NCAA tournament. She clearly understands what she has to do on the court to help Stony Brook to reach its goal.
“My role is to be a leader, but mostly on the court I try to push it in transition,” Goodman said. “I try to get rebounds and push it and if I’m open I’ll take it. I also look for my teammates. I think just being a leader and keeping our intensity and speed of the game moving.”
These attributes have made Goodman a candidate for this award. Skylar Diggins of the University of Notre Dame was the inaugural Dawn Staley award winner last year. The award will be announced during the Final Four weekend. The award ceremony will take place in April at the Union League of Philadelphia.