St. Marys Falls Short to Widener
St. Mary's City, Md. - Despite a double-double from senior guard Stephanie Saint-Aubin (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton), St. Mary's College of Maryland dropped a 69-60 decision to Widener University Sunday afternoon in the closing game of the 2009 Cherry Cove/Seahawk Tip-Off Tournament.
Widener (3-1) overcame a one-point halftime deficit for its third win of the season, outscoring the Seahawks 34-24 in the second half. Sophomore center Casey Pritz (Abington, Pa./Abington) returned the lead back to the visitors for good with her tip-in at 19:17 to start the second half scoring.
The Pride owned a 56-46 lead with 10:53 left in the game before St. Mary's chipped away with an 11-4 run to pull within three at 5:33. However, freshman guard Lil Carney (Narbeth, Pa./Lower Merion) sealed the win with a 7-of-8 effort from the free throw line.
Carney and freshman Francesca Lee (Hainesport, N.J./Rancocas Valley) each tallied 15 points and five rebounds to pace Widener while Pritz finished with 10 points, six caroms and six blocks. Carney also dished out five assists while Lee was 3-of-5 from downtown.
St. Mary's (0-3) rallied from an eight-point deficit with a 14-4 run to notch its first lead of the game at 9:52 of the first half following a jumper by freshman guard Jasmine Jones (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg). The Seahawks did not maintain the lead for long as back-to-back three-pointers from senior Rayne Reber (Pottstown, Pa./St. Pius X) and Lee sparked an 8-2 run to give Widener a five-point lead at 4:33.
The home team closed out the half with a 9-3 run to boast a 36-35 margin at halftime. Saint-Aubin and Lee led all players at intermission with 10 points apiece while St. Mary's shot a blistering 53.8% from the floor.
Saint-Aubin poured in 21 points and hauled in a career-high 15 boards while Sham registered her third consecutive double-digit game with 10 points.
Widener notched a solid shooting performance from the floor with a 46.2-field goal percentage, including making 7-of-13 from downtown.
St. Mary's returns to action this Tuesday, November 24 as the Seahawks welcome Christopher Newport University to the ARC Arena for a non-conference match-up at 7:00 pm.