Mathisen Has Career Day as Seahawk Women's Basketball Edged by Wesley

Janey Mathisen '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Janey Mathisen '20 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

Dover, Del. – Sophomore guard Janey Mathisen (Marshfield, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) put up career numbers in various categories Saturday afternoon but her efforts and those of the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team fell short on the road against Wesley College. Wesley nipped the Seahawks, 59-55, to split the Capital Athletic Conference series as each team won at home.

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 55, Wesley 59
  • Records: St. Mary's (6-14, 2-12 CAC), Wesley (5-16, 3-11 CAC)
  • Location: Dover, Del. – Wentworth Gymnasium

How It Happened

  • St. Mary's gained the first lead of the game, jumping out to a 4-0 advantage before the Wolverines answered back with a 9-0 run to stake their first lead of the game. Senior guard Olivia Nowlin (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) then scored the next six points to return the lead to the Seahawks, 10-9, at 4:41. After Wesley regained the lead, St. Mary's tied it up twice before going 3-for-4 at the line to head into the second quarter with a 17-14 advantage.
  • The Wolverines opened up the second period with a 6-2 run to take back the lead but then the two sides traded leads before senior captain Kerri Kline (Hagerstown, Md./Saint James) went 4-for-5 at the charity stripe over the final 30 seconds to send her team into halftime with a 30-27 margin.
  • Nowlin led all scorers at the break with 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 at the free throw line while the Seahawks shot 9-of-21 (42.9%) and went 12-of-16 at the line. Stacey O'Neale came off the bench to pace Wesley with nine points as she drained three of the team's five triples.
  • The Wolverines used a 17-6 run to start off the second half and post an eight-point lead at 5:25. However, St. Mary's was able to close out the third stanza on a 10-4 run to pull within two in the final 38 seconds on a Mathisen layup.
  • Wesley spent the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter building a 10-point lead (57-47) as O'Neale's layup capped a 9-1 run at 3:19. The Seahawks were able to cut the deficit to 57-55 with under a minute to go but no closer as they missed their last three shots.

Inside the Box Score

  • Mathisen finished the day with career-highs of 15 points, six field goals (6-11), two assists and two steals while Nowlin chipped in 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
  • In her first game back since January 24, junior forward Kobe Chaney (Edgewater, Md./South River) hauled in 11 rebounds and added five points, four blocks, four steals, and two helpers.
  • Four Wolverines scored in double figures as Tiyanna Gibbs shared game honors with Mathisen, tallying 15 points as well, while Shelby Johnson recorded a double-double with 22 boards and 12 points. Thanks to Johnson's play on the glass, Wesley put up a 47-38 rebounding margin.

Game Notes

  • Kline moved into fourth on St. Mary's all-time scoring list with her seven-point, eight-rebound performance this afternoon, giving her 1,186 points and jumping her over Felicia Harris '01, who ended her career with 1,182 points.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Feb. 7 vs. Salisbury University (12-9, 7-7) – Michael P. O'Brien ARC Arena – CAC game – Blue Out – Staff Appreciation Night – 6:00 p.m. 

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