St. Mary's Women's Basketball Outlasted by Mary Washington

Katie Robey '19 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Katie Robey '19 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

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

St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team rallied from 17 points down to tie up the game at 48-48 in the fourth quarter Wednesday night but ran out of gas and dropped their seventh straight. The University of Mary Washington closed out the game on a 13-0 run to pull out the 61-48 Capital Athletic Conference victory and claim the season sweep.

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 48, Mary Washington 61
  • Records: St. Mary's (6-13, 2-11 CAC), Mary Washington (10-10, 9-4 CAC)
  • Location: St. Mary's City, Md. – Michael P. O'Brien ARC Arena

How It Happened

  • The first half was a tale of two quarters. Mary Washington owned the first period as the Eagles rushed out a 6-0 lead in the first 1:25 of the game before junior captain Katie Robey (Kensington, Md./Georgetown Visitation) put the Seahawks on the board at 8:06. UMW would go on to build a 22-5 advantage as Meghan Comer knocked down a layup with two seconds left in the first.
  • St. Mary's controlled the second as they shot nearly 47% (7-of-15) from the field with one three-pointer and went 6-of-8 from the free throw line. The Seahawks outscored UMW, 21-11, to only trail 33-26 at halftime following a last minute jumper by first-year forward Hallie Persell (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake).
  • Comer led all scorers at the break with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting while the Eagles shot 50-percent (13-of-26) with three triples and 4-of-5 from the line. Robey paced St. Mary's with nine on 4-of-5 shooting with one long-range shot. As a team, the Seahawks went 9-of-24 from the field with two three-pointers and 6-of-12 from the charity stripe.
  • Despite shooting below 30% in the third stanza, St. Mary's won it, 16-13, and pulled within 46-42 as senior captain Olivia Nowlin (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) dropped in a basket with four seconds to go to cap a 13-1 run over a 4:15-minute span to erase a 16-point deficit. The hosts earned six points off of six UMW turnovers in the quarter.
  • The Seahawk rally continued in the fourth as St. Mary's opened up the final period with a 6-2 push that evened the game twice at 46-46 (7:57) on a Nowlin triple and again at 48-48 (6:56) on a Robey layup. Mary Washington answered back by posting a 13-0 run as the Eagles went 9-of-10 at the line while St. Mary's missed its last 12 shots, including all seven tries from downtown.

Inside the Box Score

  • Robey finished as the team's leading scorer with 17 points on a career-best seven field goals (7-of-10) while adding five rebounds, a season-best five steals for the third time this year, and two assists. Nowlin contributed 13 points, three boards, two helpers and picked two pockets while Persell chipped in eight points and a game-best eight caroms.
  • Four Eagles scored in double digits with Jordan Pamlanye and McKenzie Jenkins each tallying a dozen while Comer ended the night with 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
  • St. Mary's forced 21 Eagle turnovers with 13 steals while Mary Washington notched a 39-29 rebounding margin.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Feb. 3 at Wesley College (4-16, 2-11 CAC) – Dover, Del. – CAC game – 1:00 p.m. 

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