Fayetteville, N.C. – Sophomore forward Shana Lewis (Bowie, Md./Bowie) matched her career-high and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team as the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team dropped a 57-48 decision Sunday afternoon to host Methodist University in the final game of the 11th Annual Turkey Shootout.
Lewis poured in a game-high 21 points on 8-of-19 shooting from the field while leading a Seahawk foursome with six rebounds apiece. Sophomore Raven Owens (Arnold, Md./Severn School) finished the contest with 11 points and six boards while junior forward Joanna Murray (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) and sophomore center Sophie Pruden (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) each grabbed six caroms as well.
Owens and Lewis carried the Seahawk offense in the first half as the duo combined for 13 points with seven and six, respectively, helping St. Mary's jump out to an early 5-0 lead. Methodist tied up the contest at 5-5 but the Seahawks held on to a 10-7 lead behind an Owens jumper at 16:03.
The Monarchs (3-2) claimed its first lead of the contest, a 14-10 margin, behind a 7-0 run as junior guard Jackie Lyles (Brown Summit, N.C.) scored five in the run. Methodist built a 22-14 advantage at 8:41, extending its run to 15-4. St. Mary's pulled within four at 1:56 as Lewis converted on a layup but the Monarchs headed into the locker room with a 28-22 halftime lead as senior forward Jordan Tyson (Winterville, N.C.) dropped in layup.
As a team, the Seahawks shot 41.7% from the field in the first half to Methodist's 30.0%. However, the Monarchs posted a commanding 24-14 rebounding margin as junior forward Christina Schrader (Carrollton, Ohio) hauled in a first-half best seven boards.
St. Mary's (1-4) started the second half on an 8-2 run to close the gap to 32-30 at 13:35 as Lewis tallied half of the team's points in the run. The Seahawks would get no closer as Methodist pulled away with a 23-12 run to boast its biggest lead of 13 at 4:14 and St. Mary's shooting percentage dropped to 29.4% in the second stanza.
St. Mary's will look to snap its three-game skid on Tuesday, November 29 as the Seahawks travel to Washington, D.C. to take on Catholic University in non-conference action at 7:00 pm.