Men’ and Women’s Basketball Teams Win Against Wesley

On Wednesday, Jan. 30th, the men’s and women’s basketball teams won their respective games against Wesley College, the final scores being 74-63 for men’s and 70-55 for women’s.
The men’s game was an important victory, determining how the postseason might play out. Each season the hope is to win the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) regular season title, winning the CAC Tournament Championship, making the NCAA tournament, and to win the NCAA Championship. But first-year Troy Spurrier emphasized not looking too far ahead, saying, “thenext game is always the most important game, we like to look at everything one game at a time.” The team’s win gives them the lead for first place in the CAC Regular Season standings. With this, they could host the CAC Tournament.
The game also involved honor, as Wesley beat them in a previous match at their home turf, and this time Seahawk Nation helped lead the team to victory. The team currently has one of their best standings in school history, with 18-2 ratio and currently ranked #14 in the country. According to junior Brendan McFall “everyone is playing at a very high and unselfish level…our team chemistry that has really made this team special.[…] Theirs is the first team this season to have four different players win the CAC Player of the Week award. They’ve been trying hard, and bigger things are to come.” Jerome Tolson, sophmore, said that “it was a very competitive game, the ref[eree] let the players play and not to many fouls were called.” “A lot of our key players stepped up, and hit crucial shots at crucial times,” said Spurrier.
The women’s game went well, with the score 36-33 at half time. Senior forward Taylor Petrisko pulled in 19 points for the team. She added a season best of five rebounds, while Joanna Murray and Sophie Pruden scored in the double digits for the team. The first half was close, as the Wolverines trailed behind while the Seahawks had to combat a 10-5 run by Wesley in the final four minutes. In the second half, the Seahawks earned 18 points from 16 Wesley turnovers. The defense kept Wesley with just two fields goals in six minutes near 11:04.
Spurrier noted the role of fans, saying, “fan support definitely helped a lot.” He hopes that fans will come support  their next games against Frostburg State University on Feb. 6, tip-off at 6pm for women’s and 8pm for men’s. Spurrier said, “Frostburg will definitely be a tough game. I’m only a first year, but the last time we played them they were tough down to the wire. The team will need to do its best to pull this through.” He also expressed pride in being on the team, saying, “This is one of the best seasons the team and Coach [Chris] Harney have had, and it’s been awesome to be part of that.”

Women's Basketball Team Celebrates Consecutive Wins

The St. Mary’s Women’s basketball team has been through a lot of challenges this season but they have continuously managed to dust off and push themselves forward. While the season began with a rocky start, the Seahawks have vowed to finish strong with the help of the head coach Crystal Gibson. With two consecutive wins under their belt, the Seahawks race through the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) games.

On Jan. 14 the Seahawks defeated Frostburg State University (72-57), earning the team their fourth Capital Athletic Conference victory.  The women’s basketball team encountered a small setback on Jan. 18 against Salisbury (52-44) but bounced right back on the 21, earning a win against Stevenson (61-55). “We have a strong bench, and we work together as a whole unit, which is why we were able to bounce back…” says sophomore guard/forward Bridget Wilkins.

On Jan. 25 St. Mary’s Seahawks dominated the court in a CAC home game victory against the Hood College Blazers (71-52). This was their second match against Hood after defeating them Dec. 10 (70-41) at their court.  The SMCM athletics website explains how “the Seahawk defense stifled Hood’s offense, forcing the Blazers to commit 32 turnovers.” St. Mary’s players placed high numbers in the game, scoring new career and season bests. The team raised their overall standing and series score (8-11, 6-4 CAC) keeping them above Hood College (5-13, 1-9 CAC).

The Seahawks believe that their winning streak comes as a result of their ability to work as a team. “After traveling to China together this past summer, we all grew a lot closer, which has definitely benefited us this season,” explains Wilkins. The bond formed among this group of women has resulted in a good season for the Seahawks. The team is supported by each of its members: “[E]very single player on the team has the ability to contribute,” says Wilkins.

The St. Mary’s women’s basketball team looks forward to facing more challenges in the upcoming conference games. “We’ve had ups and downs this season, but we know we’re capable of being consistent, so we’re working on getting there,” says junior guard and the team captain Jasmine Jones, who scored 15 points in the Jan. 25 victory against Hood.

The team’s next game is a home game against York College on Wednesday Feb. 1. The game against York will be their third to last home game, and fifth to last conference game till the CAC championships.


Women’s Basketball Wins Game Against Stevenson 80-64

The St. Mary’s women’s basketball team came out on top at their Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) home openers on Saturday, Dec. 3 against Stevenson University, winning 80-64.

From tip-off, which was at 2 p.m. in the Michael P. O’Brien  Athletic and Recreation Center (ARC), the squad never trailed against the Mustangs.  Game leaders included sophomore forward Shana Lewis, who had 20 points and six rebounds, and sophomore Raven Owens, who notched 14 points including ten out of ten from the free throw line.

However, though the team came away with a key victory over the weekend, their season has been off to a shaky start with a record of 2-5. After losing 68-43 at Delaware Valley College in their season-opener, the debut game of new Head Coach Crystal Gibson, the Seahawks looked to redeem themselves in the Cherry Cove Seahawk Tip-Off Tournament during the weekend of Nov. 18-19.

The Seahawks notched their status as runner-up by the end of the tournament.  St. Mary’s won the opening round played against New Jersey City University  by 67-64, moving on to the title game, in which they lost 71-58 against Greensboro College, who clinched the tournament title.

The team then continued their losing streak with three straight non-conference losses against Ferrum College (76-50), Methodist University (57-48), and The Catholic University of America (62-37).  However, the team was able to break the streak with their much needed conference win on Saturday.

Though there has been much frustration within the team, players are still confident coming off the weekend.  “We were all really angry because we were losing a lot, but if we keep the momentum from this game we should be successful,” said sophomore guard Aura Payne, who returned to play on Saturday after a foot injury sidelined her on Nov. 15, at the team’s season opener at Delaware Valley College.

Junior team captain Jasmine Jones agreed, voicing her thoughts on the team’s progress and ability for the season. “We fought hard in our first two home games this year against great competition. We definitely proved that we can play with some of the best teams, even nationally ranked teams,” she said. “We just want to focus on improving with every game so we can go into conference games confidently and come out as one of the top teams in conference standings.”

The women’s next contest is on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at York College of Pennsylvania, their second conference game of the season.

Sophomore center Myeisha Wallace noted the importance of the upcoming game for the squad.  “It’s going to be a really good game.  We’re going to have to step our game up because this is the game we really need,” she said.  “As long as we work together as a team, I think we will do really well this season.”

Women’s Basketball advocates for cancer research

St. Mary’s women’s basketball did more than play the game against Marymount University Feb. 5; they played their part in the fight against cancer.

To show their advocacy for cancer research, both men and women’s basketball teams sported white warm-ups with cancer support ribbons, and encouraged the crowd to wear white in an effort to “white out cancer.”

Combined, the St. Mary’s basketball teams raised close to $700 to donate to charity.

Raising money for cancer research had a special meaning for the team, as most of the women have known someone who has lost their life to cancer or is a cancer survivor.

Sophomore Pui Sham’s family was affected by the disease when her aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer ten years ago.

Her aunt opted for a mastectomy instead of chemotherapy, and after surviving breast cancer, was later diagnosed with kidney cancer. Sham’s aunt then underwent chemotherapy, and is now a proud cancer survivor.

“Now, she’s alive and well,” Sham said. “My aunt Brenda is one of the very few people I know who has survived cancer and twice at that. I am glad to be doing my part to help other people like my aunt.”

The team’s season has been as successful as their contributions to cancer research – with eleven wins on the record, seven of which have been in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).

In their first game in the fight to “white out cancer” the women’s team led 35-26 against Marymount University at halftime, but lost by a mere four points at the completion of the game.

Despite the loss, senior Jamie Roberts scored 20 points, her third over 20 point game of the season. First-year Shana Lewis contributed with 12 points.

The Seahawks women’s basketball team continued to don their white warm-ups when they took their support to Salisbury on Wednesday Feb. 9.

After a narrow loss to Salisbury earlier in the season, the team was able to come back and earn a win. With seconds left in the game Roberts scored on a layup and put the Seahawks ahead 61-60.

“Our win against Salisbury could help us earn a spot for the CAC playoffs depending on how we do in the remaining games of the regular season,” Sham said.

“Hopefully the momentum we got from this win will continue to carry over for us. The end of season doesn’t seem very clear just yet, but we’re going to take it one game at a time.”

On Saturday, the St. Mary’s women’s basketball team celebrated their senior game. The sole senior, Roberts, is a key player and leader of the team. Roberts reminisced about her time at St. Mary’s.

“During my four years here, I can say that each team has been totally different,” Roberts said.

“I’ve been on the team when we had eight players and had to beg soccer and baseball boys to come practice with us so we could scrimmage – and now to be on a team with 13 girls has made a big difference.”

“Despite me being the only upperclassman I think the success that we’ve had so far this year is proof of the talent we have.

We’ve had several games that we’ve lost by one to four points, which shows that we’ve been competitive in all of our CAC games – we just need to figure out how to be able to get it done and come out on top.”

While standing at an 11-11 spread after the Feb. 9 game, the Seahawks remain at a 11-12 total record after a heartbreaking  62-59 loss to Wesley College during Senior Day on Feb. 12.

While Roberts reached a career-high of 23 points during the game, it was not enough to best the female Wolverines.

The Seahawks women’s basketball team is still looking forward to ongoing success for the remainder of the season and plan to continue to take their fight against cancer out on the court.

Women’s Basketball Prepares for Spring, Gains Momentum on Court

Stepping onto the courts for the 2010-2011 season, the women’s basketball team broke a 3-3 even standing with its first conference win in the season, boxing out Stevenson University in overtime to take a winning spread into the York College (Pennsylvania) game Wednesday.

The Seahawks began their season on Nov. 17 with a non-conference home game loss against Lebanon Valley College. While the Seahawks put up a strong effort against the Flying Dutchmen, including shots from first-year guard Aura Payne, senior forward Jamie Roberts, and sophomore forward-center Sophie Pruden, the five-point half-time lead by Lebanon Valley became a 17-point defeat for the College.

Reversing its first performance, the team posted a 10-point victory against Arcadia University two days later, taking its first non-conference win of the season on Nov. 19 in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center court as part of the Cherry Cove Seahawk Tip-Off Tournament.

A superior performance by sophomore guard Jasmine Jones brought the Seahawks up from a seven-point deficit to a ten-point lead at halftime, and Jones’ 17-point game combined with sophomore guard Pui Sham’s 16 points and sophomore guard Taylor Petrisko’s 16 points led to a 67-57 finish over the Knights.

“We’re quick on the defense, and we have a lot of speed,” said Jones about the team. “We just need to focus, and we’re definitely ready.”

While the team took a heavy 15-point loss against Virginia Wesleyan College the following Saturday at home, the Seahawks restored their non-conference spread to a tie (2-2) after dominating Trinity University 70-37 on Nov. 23.

All 13 St. Mary’s players scored against the Tigers, boosting the morale of the Seahawks as they went into their Penn State University (Harrisburg) game on Nov. 28. Again, the College took a strong game away from the visitors, as the Seahawks took an early 2-0 lead on the Lady Lions that manifested into a close 75-68 win at home.

“We’re starting out very well,” said Coach Barb Bausch, now in her fourth year with St. Mary’s basketball. “They’re playing with a high level of activity.”

While holding a balanced spread of wins and losses, the women’s basketball team is performing well despite their disadvantage this season. Out of the 13 players on the team, nine are incoming first-years, and three others are sophomores.

With all but Roberts having under two years of experience, the team itself is one of the newest this year, meaning that the basics of post-high school gameplay still need to be mastered before the team can reach its full potential.

“I can still see more high school than college [gameplay],” said Bausch, “but we’re trying to make those changes.”

While performing strongly against the Catholic University of America last Tuesday, the Seahawks lost the game in the last 1.1 seconds. First-year guard Leah Cranmer’s three-point play to bring the Seahawks to a 65-64 lead was broken when the Cardinals sealed a two-point lay-up to bring the final score to 66-65.

Despite the loss, the Seahawks came back this weekend with 61-58 over Stevenson, giving St. Mary’s a 1-0 conference spread, its first conference win of the season, in its first game away from the College. The Seahawks scored the final three points in a 58-58 overtime period to seal the win.

The team will face two more teams in conference action before winter break, returning in the Spring to face the University of Scranton in the Days Inn Tournament on Jan. 2 as the double-semester season continues.

The home games will be on Dec. 8 against York College and Dec. 11 against Hood College. With the chemistry beginning to develop with the girls on the team, the season is beginning to look even brighter.
“We’re excited, and we’re ready,” said first-year guard Shana Lewis before the Catholic and Stevenson games. “We’re young, but something for the conference to look out for.”

Women’s Basketball Waits to Rebound

Afte a loss to Marymount University on Jan. 27, the Seahawks rebounded with a close 65-63 victory against Stevenson on Jan. 30. (Photo by Matt Molek)
Afte a loss to Marymount University on Jan. 27, the Seahawks rebounded with a close 65-63 victory against Stevenson on Jan. 30. (Photo by Matt Molek)

Due to the possibility of severe winter conditions over the weekend, the College’s women’s basketball team decided on Friday to postpone their away games against Mary Washington University on Saturday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb. 7 until a later date.
The Seahawks will now have to wait a bit longer before returning to play against the team who previously beat them 63-51 on Jan. 13. They have been playing “better and better every game,” said Coach Barb Bausch, and the team seems to be excited to finish off their next six games with some more wins.

The eight teammates have been trying to pick up their momentum as the season continues, but are currently sitting on the stats of 6-13 overall and 5-6 in the conference. “As we prepare for the remainder of the season before hitting playoffs,” said senior and co-captain Stephanie Saint-Aubin, “we intend to be more focused, driven, and most importantly trying to make a statement.”

Even with the talent and great on-court chemistry, the athletes are still playing with the setback of having such a small number of players, which can add difficulty to performance during the season, especially during practices. With having a small team, it makes it difficult for the players to scrimmage one another when preparing for a game.

“At practice sometimes we play four against four instead of five against five,” said Bausch. Luckily, though, the Seahawks have had various students with basketball experience willingly help them scrimmage during practices. According to Bausch, “This allows us to recreate things that we might see in a game.”

“We are constantly being judged,” said Saint-Aubin, “because we have only eight players, but we are ready to show that with eight players, we are still able to make it to the playoffs, win, and represent our school with pride and integrity.”
The first-year athletes, who make up half of the team, have also been greatly improving as the season has progressed. Since the small number of teammates does not leave many players to sub in or out, many of the freshmen have received much more playing time than in the past. “I have to give the freshman a lot of credit because they have had to grow up very fast as college athletes,” said senior and co-captain Alexandria Wenger. “A lot of weight and responsibility has been placed on them and I think they have handled it really well.”

The lady Seahawks’ next game will be at home against Wesley College at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10. They are hoping to create a winning streak after having previously won 65-63 against Stevenson University. “Despite being low on numbers, we have grown very close as a team,” said Wenger. “I think that the camaraderie that we have built off the court has really helped our chemistry on the court.”

Women’s Basketball Team Strives to Make Playoffs

Senior Allie Scott leads the team in rebounds per game. (Photo by Matt Molek)
Senior Allie Scott leads the team in rebounds per game. (Photo by Matt Molek)

The Lady Hawks, fresh off their recent win on February 4 against Hood College, are working towards a spot in the Capital Athletic Conference championship. The team has a 5-7 record in the CAC, and an overall record of 7-13. At the time of this writing, there are 5 games left before the championship games begin on February 24.

The top six teams in the CAC play against each other in the championship. St. Mary’s women’s basketball is currently ranked 6th, as of February 5, with four more conference games to play before the championship starts.

Women’s basketball had a major victory against Hood College on February 4, with a score of 84-31. The team played very well together, consistently scoring points and getting rebounds.

In an interview with Barb Bausch, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, she said the team was making “progressive improvement.” She said one of the major setbacks the team faced was not having a point guard, making it difficult during practices and during games. However, she has been doing recruiting and working on getting a full roster for next season.

Bausch also said the team was a “pretty close bunch…[they] support each other well.” Tiara Hurte, sophomore, supported this saying, “I feel as though our experience here has made us a stronger team.”

Junior Alex Wenger has played in every game this season. (Photo by Matt Molek)
Junior Alex Wenger has played in every game this season. (Photo by Matt Molek)

According to Bausch women’s basketball has been working on becoming a more cohesive unit, already strong in shooting and running in the open court. They are continuing to learn how to read defense and “get[ting] to know each other’s movements.”

Allie Scott, senior, said “we have a lot of talent, but we are young team.” In regards to the upcoming championship, she said, “Not all of the teams in our conference make the playoffs this year so we are hoping to be one of the teams that does, which is looking like we are.  Our goal is to make it to the championship by taking down our rivals that we lost to in the beginning of the season since we are now playing more like a team.”

Women’s basketball’s last home game is February 21.

Lady Seahawks Small on Size, but not on Heart

Senior forward Kiely Murphy goes up for a rebound against Ramapo College on November 15. (Photo by Brendan O’Hara)
Senior forward Kiely Murphy goes up for a rebound against Ramapo College on November 15. (Photo by Brendan O’Hara)

While the women’s basketball season didn’t officially kick off until last weekend, the lady Seahawks have already been spending plenty of time on the court.  Coming off of a great season (last year the squad went 18-8), the girls are looking to carry that momentum into this year, and are looking to match, if not improve, on their successes from the 2008 season.

Sophomore Jamie Roberts, who is returning for her second year feeling much more adjusted to the college level and pace of the game, feels confident the team will go far this year.  Says Roberts, “We’re definitely looking to improve upon last year’s record of 18-8 and do some damage in the playoffs; I’m really confident that we can make it happen with this team.”

But the team knows reaching their goals will take some seriously hard work, and they have been doing their best to prepare both physically and mentally for the season ahead.

Similar to last season, there are nine lady seahawk basketball players; an uncharacteristically small number for a sport that requires five players on the court at all times.

The low numbers are one of the reasons the team knows they need to stick together.  “It’s going to take hard work from everyone, both in practice and on our own,” explains Senior Allie Scott, speaking to how critical it is for all the players to be in “the best shape possible.”

While Scott admits that at times the small size of the team can be frustrating for running scrimmages or full court drills, the team manages to work around this but having a few guys come in once a week to help facilitate full-court scrimmages.  And, she explains, last year the small team size was actually to their advantage in one sense; “a lot of teams would see how small our team was and underestimate us.”

Since the school year started the girls have been lifting and doing pre-season captain’s practices, and now with winter sports officially underway, their regimen includes daily 2 ½ hour practices – sometimes at 5:30 a.m. – and an additional lifting workout.  Roberts describes the team’s bond as their way of getting through hard practices: “we all stick together and make sure we tough it out,” she says.

The team has been running things pretty similar to last year, mostly rebuilding on skills and working to make the new players comfortable and on the same level as returning players.

But, the Seahawks are bringing a new approach to the court in terms of attire.  Says Roberts, “we’ve got a new look this year, we just got some brand new uniforms that are super snazzy and will definitely make us that much better!”