St. Mary's Women's Basketball Drops CAC Contest at Marymount (Va.)

St. Mary's Women's Basketball Drops CAC Contest at Marymount (Va.)

Arlington, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team cut a 22-point deficit to a six-point gap with 6:22 remaining but could not maintain the rally and the Marymount (Va.) University Saints pulled out a 75-57 Capital Athletic Conference victory over the visiting Seahawks Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Raven Owens (Arnold, Md./Severn School) was the only Seahawk to score in double digits with 10 points while sophomores Sophie Pruden (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) and Marché Pearson (Laurel, Md./Laurel) led the team on the glass with six rebounds each.  Pearson also dished out a career-best three assists.

St. Mary's (8-14, 6-7 CAC) fell behind 10 points in the first half as the Seahawks committed 13 first-half turnovers and Marymount closed out the first 20 minutes on an 18-7 run over a span of 7:43, making St. Mary's 16-15 edge short-lived and heading into the break with a 33-23 advantage.

The Seahawks owned the lead on three different occasions in the first half as junior forward Joanna Murray (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) gave her team a 3-0 advantage at 19:48 and then helped erase a six-point deficit by capping an 8-0 run with another three-pointer for a 14-12 Seahawk lead at 11:08.  The final lead came at 8:56 (16-15) behind two free throws by sophomore Bridget Wilkins (Washington, D.C./Washington Waldorf [Md.]).

The Saints' first-year guard Dominique Dickens (Virginia Beach, Va.) led all players with 10 points at the break while junior guard Katelyn Fischer (Reisterstown, Md.) grabbed six rebounds.  Murray paced St. Mary's with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from downtown as the team made 5-of-11 from downtown.

Marymount (9-12, 6-6 CAC) opened up the second half on a 12-0 run for its biggest lead of the contest, 45-23, at 17:14 following a Dickens' three-pointer.  St. Mary's responded by outscoring the host Saints, 29-13, over the next 11 minutes to cut the Marymount lead to 58-52 behind a jumper by sophomore forward Shana Lewis (Bowie, Md./Bowie) at 6:22 but then the Seahawks went cold and Marymount rebuilt its double-digit lead.

Following Lewis' jumper at 6:22, St. Mary's did not hit a field goal for the next five minutes, allowing the Saints to put together a 12-1 run.  Lewis made the second of two free throws at 1:38 before connecting on the team's first field goal since 6:22 at the 1:19-mark.

The Saints finished with four players in double-digits.  Fischer recorded a double-double on a game-best 18 points and 11 rebounds while junior forward Tynisha Parks (Lorton, Va./Hayfield SS) also had a double-double with 14 points and game-high 14 boards.

St. Mary's will be back in action on Wednesday, February 8 when Salisbury University (11-8, 8-3 CAC) comes to the St. Mary's City campus for a league matchup at 6:00 pm.  Remember to wear navy blue next Wednesday for the 'Blueout.'  You can buy 'Seahawk Nation' t-shirts for $10 during lunch and dinner at the Great Room on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday or at the door on Wednesday.