St. Mary's City, Md. – Guards Jasmine Jones (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) and Raven Owens (Arnold, Md./Severn School) each scored 12 points as the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team suffered a 67-37 Capital Athletic Conference setback at the hands of No. 13 University of Mary Washington Wednesday afternoon.
Along with her 12 points, Jones added team-bests of five rebounds and three assists while sophomore forward Shana Lewis (Bowie, Md./Bowie) picked up a game-best four steals.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Owens in the opening minutes of the game gave way to the Seahawks' (5-10, 3-3 CAC) only lead over Mary Washington, 6-4, at 17:17. After that, the Eagles went on a 30-8 run to boast a 34-14 advantage with 2:23 left in the first half and headed into intermission with a 37-16 margin.
Owens and Mary Washington's senior guard Jenna McRae (Springfield, Va./Annandale) each tallied 10 first-half points to lead all players at halftime.
Mary Washington (14-0, 6-0 CAC), who ranks 13th in the WBCA USA Today/ESPN Top 25 and 16th in the D3hoops.com Top 25, cruised in the second half as the Eagles shot 42.3% from the field and 80.0% from the free throw line in the final 20 minutes.
For the game, St. Mary's shot 23.9% from the field against an Eagle defense that ranks second in Division III in field goal percentage defense, holding its competitors to 28.1% from the floor. Mary Washington is the nation's leader in scoring defense as opponents average 40.3 points per game.
The Seahawks will return to action on Saturday, January 14 when St. Mary's travels to Western Maryland to take on Frostburg State University (5-10, 3-4 CAC) in a league match-up at 2:00 pm.