As the spring semester rolls on at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), the women’s basketball season is beginning to wind down. As of Feb.11, the Seahawks have just three games remaining on their schedule. They will square off against Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) opponents Christopher Newport University Feb. 12, Southern Virginia University Feb. 15 and York College of Pennsylvania Feb. 19. Although they currently sit in last place in the CAC, these remaining three games can certainly still propel them upwards in the standings. Even if the Seahawks fail to move up at all, they will still enter the CAC Tournament as the sixth seed. They would then take on the number three seed on Feb. 22, according to cacsports.com.
Since taking over as interim head coach in mid-November, Matt Howerton has inspired a new wave of competitiveness with the team. This included a season high three game win streak right after he took over in early December. The first of these wins came on December 7 against Lehman College, as SMCM traveled up to the Bronx, New York. The Seahawks dominated this game from the start, going up 13-3 after the first quarter, and leading 29-17 at the half. This lead swelled to 22 at the end of the third quarter. Although Lehman went on a quick 6-0 run to start the fourth quarter, the deficit was too much to overcome. SMCM cruised to a 58-40 win. They were led offensively by sophomore guard Kelli Jenkins, who finished with sixteen points, and junior guard Kyaira Priest who added in seven assists. Senior forward Gina Seifert and first year guard Stephanie Howell contributed big defensively, each putting up nine rebounds. As a team, the Seahawks shot 42.6% from the field and pulled in forty-one rebounds, according to smcmathletics.com.
SMCM would then go on to win their next two games, both home matches, to improve to 3-6 on the season. These wins were against Wesley College on Dec.11 and then Eastern Mennonite University on Dec.15. They were also both very close games, as the Seahawks were victorious by scores of 50-46 and 45-43, respectively.
After the three game win streak, the Seahawks took a break in games. They resumed play in January by hosting the St. Mary’s New Year Classic from Jan. 3-4. Here they hosted both Concordia University Chicago and Susquehanna University. While they ended up dropping both games, SMCM showed that they can hang with any team. They jumped out to an early first quarter lead against Concordia Chicago, ending it with an 18-5 lead. They were able to hang on to a 33-27 lead by halftime. However Concordia Chicago went on a big run in the third quarter and never looked back, eventually claiming a 69-49 win according to smcmathletics.com.
This year Seifert is leading the team in points per game (PPG) with 13.0. Priest has been putting up 10.5 PPG and Jenkins has added 9.1 PPG. Priest and Seifert are also both leading the team in assists per game with 2.8 and 1.6. On defense, Seifert has been averaging 7.5 rebounds per game (REB/G) and Howell has contributed 6.0 REB/G, according to smcmatheltics.com.