Seahawk Women's Basketball Advances to Holiday Tournament Title Game

Shana Lewis
Shana Lewis

Rochester, N.Y. – Sophomore forward Shana Lewis (Bowie, Md./Bowie) recorded her second double-double of the season Friday evening as Lewis helped the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team to a 50-47 non-conference victory over Susquehanna University at the Nazareth College Holiday Tournament.

With the win, the Seahawks (4-7) will appear in their second tournament championship game of the season tomorrow, facing either host Nazareth or John Jay College at 3:00 pm in Robert A. Kidera Gymnasium.

Lewis led all players in the game in both scoring and rebounds with 16 points and 11 boards while adding a career-best two blocks.  Sophomore Raven Owens (Arnold, Md./Severn School) contributed to the Seahawk scoring with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from downtown.

St. Mary's won the rebounding battle, edging Susquehanna by a 51-46 margin as Owens and sophomore center Myeisha Wallace (West River, Md./Southern Senior) added to Lewis' effort with career-bests of nine and eight, respectively.

The Seahawks rattled off seven straight to open up the game before junior guard Ainsley Rossitto (Rocky Hill, Conn.) finally put Susquehanna on the board with a three-point shot at 16:40.  Owens and sophomore forward Marché Pearson (Laurel, Md./Laurel) extended St. Mary's lead to nine at 16:08 – the largest margin the team would hold all game.

Susquehanna (2-8) captured its first lead of the contest at 6:27 as junior forward Gina Palazzi (Newfoundland, Pa.) capped a 7-1 run in a three-minute span to erase a five-point deficit.  The Seahawks closed out the half on a 6-3 run over the final 55 seconds, including Owens' third trey of the game with 22 seconds left to give her team a 28-27 edge at halftime.

Owens owned 11 first-half points to lead all players while Lewis and Owens each had six boards.  For the Crusaders, first-year guard Shelby Weikel (Gordon, Pa.) posted nine points off the bench while junior forward Ariana Stowe (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) grabbed four boards.

Owens started the second half with her fourth three-pointer of the game to stretch the Seahawk lead to 31-27 at 19:27.  After that, the game would be tied on six different occasions before St. Mary's put together an 8-2 run to secure a 50-44 advantage with 1:25 remaining in regulation.  A long-range shot by senior guard Korey McCaffrey (Millheim, Pa.) cut the lead in half just 12 seconds later.

The 50-47 score held for the final 1:13 as both teams combined for a 0-for-4 effort from the field and two turnovers, including Susquehanna's miscue when first-year guard Eleni Dimou (Center Valley, Pa.) passed the ball straight into Pearson's hand as time expired.