York, Pa. – Sophomores Shana Lewis (Bowie, Md./Bowie) and Marché Pearson (Laurel, Md./Laurel) scored in double digits as the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball dropped a 62-45 Capital Athletic Conference decision at York College of Pennsylvania Wednesday night.
Lewis paced the Seahawks with 17 points while Pearson tallied a career-best 12 points and added team-bests of five rebounds, two steals and a block. St. Mary's (2-6, 1-1 CAC) put forth a strong defensive effort throughout the game as the Seahawks shutdown the reigning CAC Player of the Week and league's leading scorer, senior guard April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville).
Sparkman entered this evening's contest averaging a conference-best 20.8 points per game but she was held way below her average, finishing the night with only six points in 35 minutes. The Seahawks were also able to keep York's sharpshooting at bay as the Spartans connected on a season-low four three-pointers.
St. Mary's (2-6, 1-1 CAC) had a promising first half as the Seahawks overcame an early seven-point deficit with an 8-0 run over a four-minute span to claim their first lead of the contest, an 18-17 margin at 11:26. Lewis sparked the run with a layup at 15:23 but Pearson notched six straight points to give her team the lead. A Lewis' jumper at 9:42 returned a 20-19 lead to St. Mary's but the Spartans closed out the half on an 11-7 run to secure a 30-27 halftime lead.
Pearson led all players with 12 first-half points while as a team, the Seahawks shot a season-high 44.4% (12-of-27) from the field for the first 20 minutes to keep pace with York.
Poor second-half shooting hindered St. Mary's chances of a second consecutive league win as the Seahawks shot below 20%. York used a 7-2 run at the stanza to bolster their lead to 37-29 at 15:53 but the visitors responded with a 6-2 spurt to pull within four with 12:05 remaining as sophomore center Sophie Pruden (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) picked up four points in the run.
The Spartans (7-1, 3-0 CAC) put separation between them and St. Mary's with a 15-2 run to boast a 54-37 at 5:50. York never looked back en route to its seventh consecutive win.
St. Mary's will look to get back in the win column on Saturday, December 10 as the Seahawks travel to Frederick, Maryland for a league match-up at Hood College (1-7, 0-3 CAC). Tip-off is set for 2:00 pm.