St. Mary's Women's Basketball Clashes with No. 5 Christopher Newport

Kobe Chaney '19
Kobe Chaney '19

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

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 56, No. 5 Christopher Newport 67
  • Records: St. Mary's (6-15, 4-10 CAC), No. 5 Christopher Newport (20-1, 13-1 CAC)
  • Location: St. Mary's City, Md. · Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena
  • The Short Story: The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team put up a valiant fight against No. 5 Christopher Newport University Saturday afternoon. St. Mary's stayed toe-to-toe with the Captains but CNU was able to post a come-from-behind 67-56 win to keep pace at top of the Capital Athletic Conference standings.

How It Happened

  • CNU won the first quarter, 20-16, behind seven points off of nine Seahawk turnovers and nine points from junior guard Makenzie Fancher (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock), who shot 2-of-3 from downtown.
  • The Captains stretched their lead to eight with 7:53 left in the second period on a basket by first-year forward Micah Maloney (Dumfries, Va./Miller School). St. Mary's countered with a 14-2 run to close out the half and take a 32-28 lead at the break. Sophomore forward Kobe Chaney (Edgewater, Md./South River) ignited and capped the run.
  • Junior captain Olivia Nowlin (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) paced all scorers at intermission with 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting and 4-of-4 at the free throw line.
  • Christopher Newport notched a 29-point third stanza to turn the four-point halftime deficit into a nine-point advantage. The Captains rolled to the nine-point lead after tallying 20 points off of 15 St. Mary's miscues.
  • CNU opened up a 14-point lead at the 8:55-minute mark of the fourth quarter on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Zhara Tannor (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian). The fight remained strong in the Seahawks as they used an 8-0 run to close the gap to 62-56 with 3:28 left in the game.
  • St. Mary's went 0-for-4 with four turnovers in the final minutes while the Captains sealed the win with a 5-0 run.

What It Means

  • St. Mary's now finds itself three games back from the playoff picture with four games left in the regular season. The Seahawks are behind Salisbury University (11-10, 7-7 CAC) and Frostburg State University (9-12, 7-7 CAC), who both deadlocked for fifth place.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior center Nina Haller (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) almost recorded a double-double with a game-best 18 points and nine rebounds.
  • Nowlin picked up her third double-digit scoring performance of the season with a season-best 16 points with a career-best two blocks and a season-high of two three-pointers.
  • Chaney contributed a season-best 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting while adding three assists and three steals.

Up Next

  • St. Mary's heads out back on the road for its next conference matchup on Wednesday, February 8. The Seahawks will take on No. 8 University of Mary Washington (20-1, 13-1 CAC) at 6:00 p.m. St. Mary's will look to halt a three-game skid and split the season series with Mary Washington after dropping a 57-39 decision at home when UMW was ranked No. 16 on December 7.

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