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.”