For Immediate Release · Wednesday, February 15, 2017 · firstname.lastname@example.org
- Score: St. Mary's 72, Salisbury 69
- Records: St. Mary's (7-17, 5-12 CAC), Salisbury (13-11, 9-8 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 picked up their first win over Salisbury University since 2011. St. Mary's held on for a 72-69 Capital Athletic Conference victory Wednesday night in its final home game of the season. Junior captain Kerri Kline (Hagerstown, Md./Saint James) dropped a game-best 23 points to lead the Seahawks.
What It Means
- Tonight's victory snaps a 13-game skid for the Seahawks against Salisbury. St. Mary's last win over the Sea Gulls came on February 9, 2011 when the late Jamie Roberts '11 hit a game-winning layup with 1.7 seconds left at SU.
How It Happened
- The first quarter was one of runs as the Seahawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Salisbury responded with a 9-0 push to take a five-point advantage at 5:55. St. Mary's would go on to close out the period on a 15-6 run to win the first frame, 19-15.
- Salisbury went 4-of-4 from downtown to power a 15-5 run in the second stanza, allowing the Sea Gulls to reclaim the lead and take a 34-33 edge into the break.
- Kline led all scorers at intermission with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the three-point arc while sophomore forward Kobe Chaney (Edgewater, Md./South River) grabbed five rebounds to help the Seahawks tally a 20-16 rebounding margin.
- SU won the third quarter as well as the Sea Gulls outscored St. Mary's, 18-11, in the first nine minutes to claim their biggest lead of the game, 52-44, with 1:08 left in the period. First-year forward Ashley Downs (Columbia, Md./Franklin) and Kline combined for the last five points of the third and cut the deficit to three.
- Three straight three-pointers from Kline in less than a two-minute span returned an eight-point advantage to the Seahawks – their biggest of the contest – with 5:13 remaining in the game. Salisbury pulled within two with 47 seconds left and again with 13 ticks on the clock but Chaney iced the win by making one of two free throws.
Inside the Box Score
- Kline put up a season-best 23 points behind a career-best seven three-pointers, which was one shy of tying the CAC single-game record for three-point field goals made. Tonight marked her fourth 20-point game of the season.
- Senior center Nina Haller (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) contributed her ninth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds plus six blocks.
- Chaney collected her first double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-best 11 boards while adding four assists, three blocks, and three steals. She made a career-high six free throws.
- Junior captain Olivia Nowlin (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) chipped in a season-best seven assists, seven points, four caroms, and two steals.
- St. Mary's will close out its 2016-17 campaign this Saturday, February 18 when the Seahawks travel to Buena Vista, Virginia to take on Southern Virginia University (3-21, 0-17 CAC) in their regular-season finale. Tip-off is at 1:00 p.m. The first time around, St. Mary's posted a 77-65 victory over the Knights on January 14.
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