By Nairem Moran ·

St. Mary’s City, Md. –The St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s basketball team rebounded nicely from Saturday’s road loss with their third home win of the season Monday night. St. Mary’s (3-7) picked up a 75-64 non-conference victory over the N.C. Wesleyan College Battling Bishops (2-8) as five Seahawks put up double-figure scoring.

How It Happened

  • St. Mary’s shot an impressive 57.9-percent from the field to stake a 23-17 advantage after one quarter of play. All but three points were scored in the paint. The Seahawks opened up a 12-point lead at 1:13 on an old-fashioned three-point play by junior captainGina Seifert(Owings, Md./Northern) before back-to-back three-pointers byKayla Johnsonclosed the gap to six.
  • Despite their field goal percentage dropping to 20-percent in the second period, St. Mary’s managed to hold onto a 36-31 halftime lead. The Bishops three times pulled within one in the second frame but the Seahawks withstood the attack for the five-point advantage at the break.
  • St. Mary’s, who never trailed in the game, continued to widen the gap, leading by as many as 16 with 10 seconds left in the third on a triple by sophomore guardKyaira Priest(Lexington Park, Md./Chopticon).
  • The Seahawks maintained their double-digit margin throughout the fourth quarter, stretching it to their largest lead of 19 at 4:28 on aSeifertjumper.
Kyaira Priest ’21 – Photo Credit: Bill Wood

Inside the Box Score

  • St. Mary’s, who ranks 22nd in Division III in forcing 24.13 turnovers per game, drove the Bishops into 34 miscues for the game.
  • Seifertled the Seahawk scorers with a game-best 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, matching her season-high for the third time. She also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out a season-best six assists.
  • Persellregistered her fourth double-double of the season as she came off the bench to contribute 12 points and 12 boards plus two blocks whilePriestfinished with 14 points and season-bests of six caroms, five helpers, and three steals.
  • Senior captainKatie Robey(Kensington, Md./Georgetown Visitation) added 15 points, four rebounds, four dimes, and four steals while first-year guardLaTavia Washington(Waldorf, Md./Westlake) notched 10 first-half points to go along with three boards and three steals.
  • Three NCWC players posted double-digit scoring asNadiya Holleyled the way with 13 points and seven rebounds whileWeslie Youngrecorded a double-double with 12 and 10.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Dec. 29 vs. Immaculata (4-6) – Naples, Fla. (Naples Shootout) – 7:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 30 vs. Suffolk (8-3) – Naples, Fla. (Naples Shootout) – 1:00 p.m.

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