Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) have completed their regular season games and the first round of their respective playoffs. The SMCM men’s team finished with an 8-17 record overall, while going 3-7 in Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) play. In the first round of the CAC Tournament, the Seahawks upset the Salisbury University Sea Gulls by a score of 79-74. This was head coach Chris Harney’s 250th victory at the helm of the Seahawks, according to smcmathletics.com.
In this Feb. 22 playoff matchup, the Seahawks began the first half with some sloppy play, committing seven turnovers. Luckily for them, the Sea Gulls were only able to score two total points off of these mishaps. With around two minutes remaining in the first half, SMCM strung together nine straight points and gave themselves a 33-28 lead at the break. While the second half was just as competitive, the Seahawks once again used a nine point run with under four minutes left to seal their victory. First year Gary Grant finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the win. SMCM will travel to Christopher Newport University on Feb. 26 to square off in the CAC Semi-Finals, according to smcmathletics.com.
In the regular season the Seahawks and Sea Gulls faced each other twice, with each school winning a closely contested game. The first of these two regular season matchups took place on Jan. 18. Behind 21 points from junior forward Miles Gillette, seven assists from senior guard Reggie Rouse, and nine rebounds from junior center Jack Foley, the Seahawks were able to hang on to a 68-65 victory. This included some clutch late-game free throws from Rouse. The second matchup between the two teams took place two weeks later on Feb. 1, but this time the Seahawks were not as fortunate as they fell 84-80. This game was so tightly played that the Seahawks’ largest lead of the second half was only by two points. While Salisbury held an eight point advantage in the final minutes of the game, SMCM came storming back to come within two points with just 20 seconds remaining. While the comeback fell short, Gillette once again led the way with 26 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Dee Barnes chipped in 19 points as well in the effort, according to smcmathletics.com.
In the regular season, Gillette led the squad in points per game (PPG) with 17.3. Grant concluded the season with 16.3 PPG and Barnes added 13.9 PPG. In terms of assists, Rouse led the way with 2.2 assists per game (AST/G), while first year Jalen Hayes averaged 1.8 AST/G and senior Justin Milstead averaged 1.6 AST/G. Gillette averaged 7.6 rebounds per game, while Foley averaged 7.0, according to smcmathletics.com.
The SMCM women’s basketball team recently had their season conclude. They finished their season with a 3-21 record and went 0-10 in the CAC. In the first round of the CAC Tournament, they traveled to York College of Pennsylvania and were defeated by a score of 79-58. This was a great improvement for SMCM, as they had played York in the final game of the regular season and lost 103-67.
The first quarter of the playoff game was very successful for the Seahawks, as they took an early 18-14 lead. However SMCM only managed to score nine points in the second quarter, which put them down 40-27. Despite a late fourth quarter surge, the Seahawks were unable to reclaim the lead. Senior Gina Seifert put on quite a show, dropping a career high 34 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Kelli Jenkins and junior Kyaira Priest each finished with ten points, according to smcmathletics.com.
Seifert averaged 13.8 PPG in the regular season, while Priest finished with 10.4 PPG. Seifert also collected 7.5 rebounds per game and first year Stephanie Howell averaged 6.0, according to smcmathletics.com.