Seahawk Womens Basketball Drops Season-Opener to Catholic

Kobe Chaney '19 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Kobe Chaney '19 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · Wednesday, November 15, 2017 · nmoran@smcm.edu

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 41, Catholic 60
  • Records: St. Mary's (0-1), Catholic (1-0)
  • Location: St. Mary's City, Md. – Ed Cole Court at Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena
  • The Short Story: The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team had a less than favorable start to the 2017-18 campaign Wednesday night. The start of the C.K. Calhoun era was marked by a 60-41 setback to The Catholic University of America in non-conference action.

What It Means

  • This is Catholic's eighth consecutive win over the Seahawks. St. Mary's last win over the Cardinals – a 43-39 triumph on January 25, 2007 – was during CUA's final season as a member of the Capital Athletic Conference.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Nov. 17 vs. Hood College (0-0) – Ed Cole Court at MPOBARC Arena – Dan Greene Memorial Invitational – 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 18 vs. Washington College (0-0) – Ed Cole Court at MPOBARC Arena – Dan Greene Memorial Invitational – 3:00 p.m.

How It Happened

  • Catholic flew out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter before senior captain Olivia Nowlin (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) put the Seahawks on the board. A pair of free throws by first-year guard Kyaira Priest (Lexington Park, Md./Chopticon) closed the gap to 21-13 at the end of one quarter.
  • Only 17 points were scored in the second frame but it was enough to send the Cardinals into the locker room with a 33-18 advantage.
  • Briana Bull led all scorers with 17 points and four steals at halftime while Priest paced the Seahawks with six points off the bench.
  • The Cardinals earned their biggest lead of the game during the third period as nine straight points resulted in a 28-point margin.
  • St. Mary's outscored CUA, 12-4, in the fourth, including eight straight points sparked by a triple  by senior guard Christine Morin (Kensington, Md./St. John's [D.C.]).

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior forward Kobe Chaney (Edgewater, Md./South River) grabbed 14 rebounds, four blocks, and three points while Priest finished with nine points, two boards, and two assists in her collegiate debut.
  • Nowlin hauled in a career-best nine boards and added seven points plus two steals while senior captain Kerri Kline (Hagerstown, Md./Saint James) tallied seven points, five caroms, and a career-best two blocks.
  • Bull ended up with her 17 first-half points to lead all scorers on the night while Sydney Poindexter hauled in a team-best nine rebounds. 

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