Seahawk Women's Basketball Rallies for Season Sweep of Southern Virginia

Olivia Nowlin '18 - Photo Credit: Julia Persell
Olivia Nowlin '18 - Photo Credit: Julia Persell

For Immediate Release · Saturday, February 10, 2018 · nmoran@smcm.edu

Buena Vista, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball erased a six-point deficit in the final minute and a half to pull out a 67-65 Capital Athletic Conference road win over Southern Virginia University Saturday afternoon. Senior captain Olivia Nowlin (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) tallied a game- and team-best 17 points while sophomore guard Janey Mathisen (Marshfield, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) laid in the game-winning bucket in the final seconds to lead the Seahawks to the season sweep of SVU.

The Basics

  • Score: St. Mary's 67, Southern Virginia 65
  • Records: St. Mary's (8-14, 4-12 CAC), Southern Virginia (12-11, 5-11 CAC)
  • Location: Buena Vista, Va. – Knight Sports Arena

How It Happened

  • Southern Virginia entered the fourth period with only a one-point lead before back-to-back baskets by Katie Garrish gave the Knights a five-point cushion 41 seconds into the last quarter. SVU would build a six-point advantage on four separate occasions, with the last one coming at 1:26 when Cory Stout knocked down two free throws for a 63-57 SVU lead.
  • The Seahawks then took over as four different players combined for a 10-2 run over the final 1:17 of the game. Mathisen scored four points in the run, including the game-winning layup with four seconds to go, while the Knights went 0-for-4 at the line with one turnover.
  • Southern Virginia opened up a five-point lead in the first stanza behind 50.0% (6-12) shooting from the field but the Seahawks used eight points off of seven SVU miscues to pull within 17-16.
  • The Knights came out firing in the second period, shooting nearly 70% (9-13) from the field during the next 15 minutes. After St. Mary's claimed a one-point lead for the second time in the quarter, Southern Virginia closed out the first half on an 8-0 run to boast a 36-29 halftime advantage.
  • Shelby Butler was the half's leading scorer with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting while Nowlin and junior captain Katie Robey (Kensington, Md./Georgetown Visitation) led the Seahawks with seven apiece. SVU dominated the paint in the first half, 20-12, while St.  Mary's picked up 17 points off of 13 turnovers by the home team.
  • Southern Virginia bolstered its lead to 11 points at the 5:44-minute mark of the third stanza behind an opening 11-7 run but the Seahawks used a 12-2 run to end the quarter down only one.

Inside the Box Score

  • The Seahawks forced 25 turnovers with a season-best 17 steals, capitalizing for 28 points, while 13 offensive rebounds led St. Mary's to eight second chance points.
  • Nowlin posted 17 points by matching her career-high in field goals with six for the fourth time while adding three rebounds and two assists. She has now scored in double-digits 10 times this season.
  • Robey came away with a near triple-double on 15 points, nine boards, and a career-best eight steals plus three helpers while senior captain Kerri Kline (Hagerstown, Md./Saint James) contributed 11 points, six caroms, a career-high five steals, and two dimes.
  • Mathisen finished the day with 10 points for her third straight double-figure scoring performance while chipping in career-bests of four rebounds and three assists.
  • Southern Virginia was led by a pair of double-doubles as Garrish registered 13 points and a game-best 13 rebounds and Alexus Barnes recorded 11 boards and 10 points. The duo's combined effort of 24 caroms helped the Knights notch a 45-37 rebounding margin.

Game Notes

  • Kline remains in fourth place on the St. Mary's all-time scoring list with 1,206 career points in 97 games. She needs 42 points to move into the third spot and pass Stephanie Saint-Aubin '10, who put up 1,247 points in three seasons as a Seahawk.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Feb. 14 at York College of Pennsylvania (15-8, 11-5 CAC) – York, Pa. – CAC game – 6:00 p.m. 

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