By Nairem Moran ·nmoran@smcm.edu

Harrisonburg, Va. –In their first action in a week, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s basketball team battled on the road but came up short Saturday afternoon. St. Mary’s (2-7) dropped a 61-50 non-conference decision to the host Eastern Mennonite University Royals (4-7). ForwardsGina Seifert(Owings, Md./Northern) andHallie Persell(Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) combined for 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Seahawks.

How It Happened

  • Sophomore guardKyaira Priest(Lexington Park, Md./Chopticon) andPersellgave St. Mary’s a one-point lead on two separate occasions but the hosts ended the first quarter on an 8-2 run to claim a 12-7 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.
  • APersellthree-pointer helped the Seahawks regain the advantage, 14-13, momentarily at 8:07 before Eastern Mennonite usurped the lead once again. Five straight points from guardsCassidy Kupchinskas(Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) andKatie Robey(Kensington, Md./Georgetown Visitation) put St. Mary’s back on top by three with 3:10 left in the half. EMU once again responded and headed into the locker room with a 28-24 lead following a 10-3 run.
  • The Royals opened up the third frame with an 18-4 run and boasted their biggest lead of the game, 46-28, at 3:34 asKiana Childresscapped the run with a layup in the paint. Undaunted, St. Mary’s answered back with an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to seven at the end of three quarters. Junior forwardChristine McKee(Frederick, Md./Urbana) tallied six straight points in the run.
  • The Seahawks’ momentum continued in the fourth, stretching their run to 21-4 to pull within one at 6:48. A pair of triples and four consecutive points bySeifertfueled the 10-4 SMCM run to start the fourth. St. Mary’s would get no closer as EMU scored 11 of the game’s final 12 points for its second straight win.
Gina Seifert ’20 – Photo Credit: Bill Wood

Inside the Box Score

  • Seifertled the way for the Seahawks with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting while adding a game-best nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.Seifert’snine caroms helped St. Mary’s edged the Royals, 39-38, on the glass.
  • Persellcame off the bench to contribute 10 points and three boards in 18 minutes.
  • Lindsey Krisaktallied a game-high 13 points whilePrecious Waddyadded 10 points off the bench to lead Eastern Mennonite.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Dec. 17 vs. N.C. Wesleyan (2-7) – Michael P. O’Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena – 6:00 p.m.