Explosive Third Quarter Propels St. Mary's Women's Basketball to Win

Kelli Jenkins '22 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Kelli Jenkins '22 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

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

St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team outscored Gallaudet University, 29-13, in the third quarter to pick up their second win of the season Saturday afternoon. The Seahawks (2-6) edged out Gallaudet (5-4), 72-70, in non-conference action at the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena.

St. Mary's 72, Gallaudet 70

How It Happened

  • Following an Emelia Beldon layup, St. Mary's found themselves down 42-28 with 6:49 remaining in the third quarter as the Bison held their biggest lead of the game for the second time in nearly a two-minute span.
  • First-year guard Kelli Jenkins (Potomac, Md./St. John's College) then came off the bench to ignite the Seahawks in the third frame. Jenkins led all scorers in the third with 14 points as she dropped four three-pointers, including three straight between the 4:42- and 2:30-minute marks, to hand St. Mary's its first lead (43-42) since a 2-0 margin at 8:42 of the first period.
  • Jenkins' fourth triple of the third widened the Seahawks' lead to five points at 1:43 before St. Mary's headed into the final quarter with a 52-46 margin.
  • Hannah Neild, who's fourth in Division III in scoring with 24.0 points per game, tallied 13 points in the fourth as Gallaudet reclaimed its final lead of the contest, 53-52, at the 7:43-minute mark on an old-fashioned three-point play by Neild.
  • Back-to-back layups by first-year guard LaTavia Washington (Waldorf, Md./Westlake) and an and-1 play by sophomore forward Hallie Persell (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) put St. Mary's up by six with 6:48 left.
  • Another three-point play by Neild pulled the Bison within one with 1.3 ticks on the clock but time was not on Gallaudet's side.
  • Neild scored almost half of the Bison's first half points, dropping 15 with three triples, in leading GU to a 33-23 halftime advantage. Gallaudet used a 14-7 first quarter to power its 10-point lead at the break.

Inside the Box Score

  • Tonight's 72 points was the highest scoring output by the Seahawks thus far this season as four players scored in double figures. Previously, St. Mary's had tallied 70 points twice. The Seahawks won the rebounding battle, 53-47, while dishing out a season-best 18 dimes and posting a season-low 18 turnovers.
  • Junior captain Gina Seifert (Owings, Md./Northern) paced the team in the win with her second double-double of the season on a season-best 16 points and game-high 15 rebounds.
  • Senior captain Katie Robey (Kensington, Md./Georgetown Visitation) also recorded a double-double on 14 points and 11 boards. Robey went 8-of-8 from the free throw line and added five assists.
  • Persell collected a near double-double as she picked up 15 points and eight caroms while Jenkins finished with her 14 points from the third quarter.
  • Neild continued to shine for Gallaudet with 35 points on 11-of-24 shooting, including 5-of-9 from downtown, and a perfect 8-of-8 as well at the charity stripe. Beldon put up 13 points while Kendall Hudson added 10.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Dec. 15 at Eastern Mennonite (3-7) – Harrisonburg, Va. – 2:00 p.m. 

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