By Nairem Moran ·nmoran@smcm.edu

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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