Seahawks Halt Losing Skid with 15-Point Win over Gallaudet
St. Mary's City, Md. - All eight players of the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team scored as the Seahawks snapped their six-game losing skid with a dominating 74-59 victory over Gallaudet University Saturday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference action. Four players reached double figures in handing the third-place Bison their third league setback of the season.
Senior guard Stephanie Saint-Aubin (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) tallied a game-high 20 points in leading St. Mary's (3-11, 2-4 CAC) while junior guard Megan Seeman (Frederick, Md./Linganore) poured in a career-high 19 on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor and a 4-of-4 effort from the charity stripe.
Junior forward Jamie Roberts (Rockville, Md./Barrie) contributed to the Seahawk offense as well with 13 while freshman forward Taylor Petrisko (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) added a solid effort with a season-high 12 points. Freshman guard Jasmine Jones (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) dished out a game- and season-high 10 assists.
Gallaudet's (9-5, 4-3 CAC) slow start proved to be detrimental as St. Mary's jumped out with a 15-0 start and never looked back. The Seahawks twice lead by 19 in the half and shot 44.4% from the floor en route to a 35-23 halftime advantage while the trio of Saint-Aubin, Seeman and Roberts combined for 24 first-half points.
Junior center Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif./Pittsburg), the reigning CAC Player of the Week, notched 13 second-half points and 11 first-half rebounds for the Bison, finishing the afternoon with 20 points and 20 boards. Seventh in Division III in steals per game, Faafiti picked up a game-high four steals. Freshman guard Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind./Indiana School for the Deaf) chipped in 11 points while junior center Nukeitra Hayes (Anderson, Ind./Indiana School for the Deaf) had 10 points, six caroms, four steals and two blocks.
Whited's three-pointer at 13:04 of the second half helped Gallaudet close the gap to 47-39 but that would be the closest the Bison would achieve as the Seahawks used a 13-0 run to boast their biggest lead of the game, a 21-point margin at 9:53. St. Mary's finished shooting 50.0% for the game after claiming 55.6% in the final 20 minutes.
St. Mary's capitalized on the Bison's 29 turnovers with 32 points while Gallaudet claimed the rebounding battle, 40-30, behind Faafiti's 20 rebounds.
The Seahawks will return to action on Martin Luther King Day as St. Mary's travels to York, Pennsylvania to face York College in a conference tilt at 6:00 pm.