St. Mary's City, Md. – Sophomore guard Raven Owens (Arnold, Md./Severn School) tallied 16 points as the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team suffered a 60-52 setback to Capital Athletic Conference rivals, the Sea Gulls of Salisbury University, Wednesday night.
The Seahawks (8-15, 6-8 CAC) mounted a comeback in the second half, working to erase a 55-33 deficit with 8:14 remaining in regulation. Junior forward Joanna Murray (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) sparked her team's 17-3 run with a triple at 8:01 and St. Mary's defense held Salisbury to just one field goal (at 4:13) the rest of the way.
Seahawk sophomore center Sophie Pruden's (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) layup cut the lead to 11 at 4:00 before both teams went dry until Owens ended the drought with a layup of her own with 33 seconds on the clock. Five seconds later, Pruden made 1-of-2 free throws to make it 58-50. Senior guard KC Curran (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) connected on a pair of free throws at 00:25 before Murray hit a running jumper in the paint to make the final, 60-52.
Owens scored 12 of her 16 points in the first half, adding four rebounds and three steals, while Pruden came off the bench to contribute a season-best nine points and team-best five boards.
St. Mary's overcame an early seven-point deficit in the first to claim its first lead of the game at 10:24 behind an Owen three-pointer. The Sea Gulls (12-9, 9-4 CAC) regained the advantage and headed into the locker room with a 34-26 lead as guards Anna Hackett (Germantown, Md./Clarksburg) and Katie McGahagan (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) each notched 10 first half points to pace Salisbury.
The Seahawks' solid defense forced 24 Sea Gull turnovers for 22 points but Salisbury dominated the boards with by a 52-23 margin as junior forward Nicole Sisco (Fair Lawn, N.J./Fair Lawn) and Hackett hauled in 11 and 10 caroms, respectively.
McGahagan paced the Sea Gulls in scoring with a game-best 18 while Hackett collected a double-double as she added 14 points to her 10 rebounds. Curran finished the evening with 11 points.
St. Mary's will be back in action on Saturday, February 11 when the Seahawks travel to Dover, Delaware to take on Wesley College (6-16, 3-10 CAC) in a league tilt at 2:00 pm. In the two teams' first meeting, St. Mary's came away with a 40-point victory in front of the home crowd as all 13 players who entered the game scored in the win.