Seahawk Women's Basketball Picks up First CAC Win of the Season

Kerri Kline '18 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Kerri Kline '18 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

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

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 66, Southern Virginia 59
  • Records: St. Mary's (5-6, 1-4 CAC), Southern Virginia (8-3, 2-3 CAC)
  • Location: St. Mary's City, Md. – Michael P. O'Brien ARC Arena
  • The Short Story: The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team posted their third straight win Wednesday night as four starters finished with double-digit scoring. St. Mary's secured its first Capital Athletic Conference win of the season with a 66-59 victory over Southern Virginia University. The Seahawks' current three-game win streak is the longest since the program won three in a row during the 2014-15 campaign.

How It Happened

  • St. Mary's and the Knights were neck-in-neck throughout the first half with neither side establishing a lead greater than four and the game being tied seven times.
  • The two sides were even at 20-20 after the first quarter and then the Seahawks staked a 40-38 halftime advantage behind junior forward Kobe Chaney's (Edgewater, Md./South River) bucket at 1:02 while SVU went 0-for-3 with a turnover in the final minute.
  • Shelby Butler (13 pts) and Katie Garrish combined for 25 of Southern Virginia's 38 first-half points while Chaney led St. Mary's at the break with eight points and seven rebounds.
  • The third quarter belonged to the Seahawks as the hosts put some distance behind them with an 8-0 run to start the second half and claim their biggest lead of the game (10) at 3:37.
  • SVU fought back to within two three times within the first six minutes of the fourth period before senior captains Kerri Kline (Hagerstown, Md./Saint James) and Olivia Nowlin (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) pushed the margin back up to seven with 2:24 left and St. Mary's held on for the seven-point lead.

Inside the Box Score

  • St. Mary's hit a season-best 13 steals as junior captain Katie Robey (Kensington, Md./Georgetown Visitation) collected a game-best five steals, matching her season-high for the second consecutive game.
  • The Seahawks took care of the ball tonight, committing only 14 turnovers – their lowest total of the season so far.
  • Kline paced the team offensively with 17 points and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals while Nowlin was next with 11 points, eight boards, a season-best four steals, and three helpers.
  • Chaney finished the evening with her fourth double-double of the season on 11 caroms and 10 points plus two assists and two blocks while first-year forward Hallie Persell (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) rounded out the double-digit scoring with 10 points.
  • Butler finished with a game-high 22 points while Garrish recorded a double-double on 12 points and a game-best 16 rebounds as the Knights saw their three-game win streak come to an end.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Jan. 6 vs. Wesley (3-9, 1-5 CAC) – Capital Athletic Conference game - Michael P. O'Brien ARC Arena – Youth Appreciation Day – 2:00 p.m. 

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