Persell Scores 20 as Seahawk Women's Basketball Comes up Short

Gina Seifert '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Gina Seifert '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

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

St. Mary's City, Md. – Sophomore forward Hallie Persell (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) poured in a career-best 20 points Saturday afternoon on the final day of the Fourth Annual Dan Greene Memorial Invitational. The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team (1-3) dropped a 74-70 decision to Bridgewater College (3-0).

St. Mary's 70, Bridgewater 74

How It Happened

  • The Seahawks notched the first basket of the game and went on to stake a 13-7 lead at 2:08 after Persell made a pair of foul shots. Bridgewater notched the final five points of the quarter and headed into next period down just one.
  • A steal and layup by Lindsey Estes gave the Eagles their first lead of the afternoon, 24-23, at 3:45. St. Mary's responded with an 8-5 push to regain the lead and head into halftime with a 32-28 advantage. Junior forward Christine McKee (Frederick, Md./Urbana) tallied four points in the run.
  • The Seahawks stretched their lead to six on a layup by senior captain Katie Robey (Kensington, Md./Georgetown Visitation) a minute into the third before BC exploded for 25 of the stanza's final 37 points. Briana Moore, who notched her 1,000th career point yesterday, fueled the run with 11 points and three triples as the Eagles grabbed a 53-46 lead after three quarters of play.
  • Bridgewater grew its lead to 12 with 5:54 remaining in the game as Madison Baum knocked down two free throws. St. Mary's continued to play hard and rallied with a 10-1 run to come within 67-64 with 2:13 on the clock as Persell netted all but one point in the run. The Eagles widened the gap back up to eight before the Seahawks notched the final four points in the final 16 seconds of the game.

Inside the Box Score

  • Persell gained a spot on the All-Tournament Team after recording her second straight double-double with career-bests of 20 points and 13 rebounds. She went 11-of-12 at the free throw line.
  • Junior forward Gina Seifert (Owings, Md./Northern) posted her first career double-double as a Seahawk with season-bests of 16 points and 16 boards off the bench.
  • Robey finished scoring in double digits for the fourth consecutive game with 14 points to go along with five steals, three assists and three rebounds.
  • Moore, who landed on the All-Tournament Team, continued to add to her career totals with a game-high 26 points and eight rebounds to lead Bridgewater in the win.
  • St. Mary's matched season-bests of 25 field goals made and 16 assists while connecting on a season-high 17 free throws in 21 attempts for 81.0-percent. The Seahawks also dominated the boards, 48-30, with Persell and Seifert combining for 29 caroms.
  • The Eagles shot 43.3-percent (26-of-60) from the field and 70.0-percent (14-of-20) at the line with 15 assists and 15 steals.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Nov. 20 at Catholic (2-1) – Washington, D.C. – #PlayLikeJamie – 7:00 p.m. 

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