St. Mary's City, Md. – Sophomore Raven Owens (Arnold, Md./Severn School) poured in a career-best 25 points as the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball gave No. 17 Greensboro College a run for its money in the championship game of the 2011 Cherry Cove Seahawk Tip-Off Tournament Saturday afternoon. In the end, Greensboro pulled out a 71-58 victory for the tournament title.
Senior Danielle Duncan (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) tallied a double-double in leading Greensboro (2-0) to the title. Duncan notched game-highs of 28 points and 16 rebounds in earning tournament MVP honors. Fellow classmate Andrienne Terrell (Omaha, Neb./Decatur) joined Duncan with All-Tournament Team honors after adding 11 points in today's championship matchup.
Owens and junior captain Jasmine Jones (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) both garnered spots on the All-Tournament Team for the Seahawks while Cabrini College's Annie Rivituso and New Jersey City University's Maxine Kaminski also picked up all-tournament honors.
St. Mary's (1-2) jumped out to a 12-4 lead as Owens scored six and junior forward Joanna Murray (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) tallied four in the run to start off the game. The Seahawks continued to break through Greensboro's defenses and eventually built their largest lead of the game of 24-12 with less than nine minutes left in the half.
The Pride slowly worked to erase the 12-point deficit and finally took over the lead at the 3:04 minute mark behind back-to-back layups by Duncan, capping off an 18-4 run. Owens put the Seahawks back on top with four consecutive points for a 32-30 St. Mary's lead at 2:11. Duncan made 1-of-2 free throws and Terrell made good on a jumper at the two-second mark to give Greensboro a 33-32 halftime lead.
Owens paced all players at intermission with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field, including making 4-of-6 from downtown. Duncan wasn't far behind with 15 first-half points and seven rebounds.
St. Mary's sharpshooting cooled off in the second stanza as the Seahawks dropped from 45.5% in the first half to 28.6%. The hosts also struggled with free throws, connecting on only 38.9% (7-of-18) from the line for the game. These Seahawk offensive woes allowed Greensboro to continue its momentum from late in the second half as the Pride led by double digits with less than five minutes remaining in the game.
Owens finished the day with 8-of-15 shooting from the field, including 5-of-9 long-range shots, for her career-best 25 points while Murray tallied a season-best 14 points. Sophomore forward Shana Lewis (Bowie, Md./Bowie) hauled in a season-best nine boards while Jones put up a game-high nine assists.
The Seahawks return to action next weekend at the Methodist University Turkey Shootout in Fayetteville, N.C. St. Mary's will open up against Ferrum College on Saturday, November 26 at 6:00 pm before facing host Methodist the next day at 4:00 pm.