Salisbury, Md. – Junior guard Jasmine Jones (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) was the only Seahawk to score in double figures as the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team suffered a 52-44 Capital Athletic Conference setback at Salisbury University Wednesday evening.
Jones put up 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting and added five rebounds and two steals while sophomore center Myeisha Wallace (West River, Md./Southern) hauled in a career- and game-best 10 rebounds.
The Seahawks (6-11, 4-4 CAC) extended a two-point halftime lead to four following sophomore forward Shana Lewis' (Bowie, Md./Bowie) layup at 19:42. Salisbury, however, responded with an 8-1 streak to earn a 31-28 lead at 13:47 of the second half.
Sophomore forward Marché Pearson (Laurel, Md./Laurel) sparked an 8-2 Seahawk spurt with her jumper at 11:52 and St. Mary's owned a 38-33 lead with 8:13 remaining in the contest. The Sea Gulls overcame the five-point deficit and clinched their sixth league win with a 19-6 run over the final 7:58 of the game.
First-year guard Anna Hackett (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg) paced Salisbury (8-7, 6-2 CAC) with a game-best 16 points while junior forward Katie McGahagan (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) chipped in 10 points and grabbed nine boards.
Jones helped St. Mary's to a 25-23 halftime advantage as she scored all 11 of her points in the first half. The Seahawks erased a four-point first half deficit with a 13-5 run to stake a 19-15 advantage of their own with 5:05 until intermission. Salisbury regained control of the game and held a 23-22 edge at 2:23 before Jones connected on the backend of two free throw attempts to tie the game, 23-all, at 1:45 and then finished off a jumper give her team a two-point advantage.
St. Mary's committed only nine turnovers – its lowest mark of the season – while forcing 16 Sea Gull miscues. Sophomore center Sophie Pruden (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) contributed a season-best two blocks on defense while chipping in six points, three caroms and two steals.
The Seahawks will return to action on Saturday, January 21 when St. Mary's travels to Owings Mills to wrap up the season series with Stevenson University (6-10, 2-6 CAC) at 2:00 pm. In their first meeting of the season on December 3, the Seahawks won 80-64 at home behind 20 points from Lewis.