St. Mary's Women's Basketball Drops Tough Fight at Penn State Harrisburg

Olivia Nowlin '18
Olivia Nowlin '18

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 53, Penn State Harrisburg 56
  • Records: St. Mary's (5-12, 3-7 CAC), Penn State Harrisburg (4-13, 2-8 CAC)
  • Location: Middletown, Pa. · Penn State Harrisburg
  • The Short Story: The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team splits Capital Athletic Conference season series with Penn State Harrisburg Saturday afternoon. Each side protects home court as Harrisburg came away with a 56-53 victory for its second league win of the season. Senior center Nina Haller (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) finished a rebound-shy of a double-double with a game-high 16 points and nine rebounds.

How It Happened

  • This is St. Mary's fourth game decided by five points or less and the Seahawks hold a 2-2 record in those games.
  • Second-half dominance by Penn State Harrisburg on the boards contributed to the Lions' three-point win. Harrisburg boasted a 32-11 margin over the final 20 minutes, resulting in 12 points in the paint and 11 second-chance points.
  • The Seahawks posted a late lead in the first half leading by as many as seven with 1:09 left in the second quarter behind four points from Haller to break an 18-18 draw. Harrisburg cut its deficit to 25-24 at halftime with a 6-0 run to close out the half.
  • St. Mary's owned a 26-19 advantage at halftime as sophomore forward Kobe Chaney (Edgewater, Md./South River) led the way with nine and Haller hauled in seven. Haller paced her team in scoring with eight at the half.
  • Harrisburg opened up the third quarter with a 12-1 run to stake its biggest lead of 10 with 5:19 left in the period. The Seahawks responded with a 9-3 push, which was capped by a basket by first-year forward Christine McKee (Frederick, Md./Urbana), and headed into the fourth down 39-35.
  • Using three triples and a 5-of-6 effort at the free throw line, St. Mary's was able to stay on the Lions' heels throughout the fourth. The Seahawks pulled within one with 1:37 remaining in the game while a 3-ball by first-year guard Janey Mathisen (Sciutate, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) had the team two points away with four ticks on the clock.

Inside the Box Score

  • Haller added two blocks to her 16 points and nine rebounds while going 6-of-6 at the line.
  • Junior captain Olivia Nowlin (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) finished with nine points on a season-best 3-of-7 shooting from downtown while chipping in season-highs of four assists and three steals.
  • Chaney rounded out the scoring with eight points and contributed a team-best nine boards.

Up Next

  • St. Mary's begins a two-game home-stand on Wednesday, January 25 as the Seahawks welcome Wesley College (7-10, 3-7 CAC) to campus for an important CAC tilt at 6:00 p.m. 

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