Jones Lifts St. Mary's Women's Basketball to OT Win

Jasmine Jones
Jasmine Jones

Owings Mills, Md. – Sophomore guard Jasmine Jones (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) nailed a three-point shot with 00:01 remaining in the extra period to cap the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team's come-from-behind 61-58 OT victory over Stevenson University Saturday afternoon for their first Capital Athletic Conference  victory of the season.

Jones poured in a career-high 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-3 from downtown, while going 8-of-12 at the free throw line.  She connected on two free throws in the final 11 seconds of regulation to tie up the game at 51-all and then grabbed the defensive rebound from Stevenson's failed attempt to win the game with three seconds left, sending the game into overtime.

Stevenson (0-6, 0-3 CAC) was outscored, 10-7, in overtime as the Seahawks (4-3, 1-0 CAC) shot 44.4% to their 25% but the Mustangs stayed close in OT by going 5-of-5 at the charity stripe.

The first half belonged to Stevenson as the hosts jumped out to an 18-8 lead in the first seven minutes of the contest.  The Seahawks got no closer than six after that as 38% shooting was enough to propel Stevenson to a 31-21 halftime lead.  Senior guard JaQuelia Conley (Columbia, Md./Montrose Christian) led the way for the Mustangs with 10 first-half points.

After being held scoreless in the first half, sophomore guard Pui Sham (Springfield, Va./W. Springfield) came alive in the second stanza as she picked up 11 of her 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting from downtown.  She sparked a 12-2 run at the start of the second period for the game's first draw of 31-all at 15:32, scoring six points in the run.  Sham then gave the Seahawks their first lead of the game (36-35 at 11:02) with her third three-pointer of the half.

Stevenson reclaimed the lead on a layup by sophomore Rayshell Parker (Hanover, Md./Meade) and built the lead to five with 8:49 remaining in the game.  A 6-0 spurt gave St. Mary's its second lead of the game at 4:02 but Conley's three-point shot at 1:03 returned a three-point margin to the Mustangs.  The Seahawks went 3-of-4 from the free throw line to force OT.

Senior forward Jamie Roberts (Rockville, Md./Barrie) joined Sham with a season-high 12 points off the bench as three Seahawks finished in double figures.  Jones and first-year center Sophie Pruden (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) each hauled in a team-best six rebounds.

Conley finished with a game-high 22 points while Parker had a double-double on 11 points and 10 boards for the Mustangs.  Senior forward Kristen Steiner (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) pulled down a game-best 19 caroms while adding nine points.

St. Mary's will returns home Wednesday, December 8 to continue conference action with York (Pa.) College in the first half Wednesday night's doubleheader.  The women's Tip-off is at 6:00 pm followed by the men's at 8:00 pm.