The University of Mary Washington women's basketball team topped Drew University, 75-53, in their season opener on Saturday evening in St. Mary's Md., as part of the St. Mary's Seahawk Classic. Senior Emily Thompson led the Eagles with 22 points on 6-9 shooting from the field, including 5-7 from three-point range.
In the early going, Drew got out to a 6-4 lead in the first 2:03 of the game. From there, the Eagles went on a 12-0 run to jump ahead to a 16-6 lead. Molly Sharman had four points during the run and Bri Harper hit a three-pointer to cap the run with 3:24 to play in the first. Hannah Stockman scored the last four points of the quarter for the Eagles to put them up 20-10.
Tory Martin began the second quarter with four straight points to put UMW up 14, 24-10. With 5:26 left in the quarter, Maddie Shifflett hit a jumper to push the Eagles' lead to 30-13. From there, Drew closed the quarter with a 13-2 run to cut UMW's lead to 32-26 at the half.
Sharman put UMW back up by 10 early in the third quarter as she scored on a fastbreak layup just 1:12 in. Martin scored a layup off an assist from Thompson with 5:07 left to put UMW up 44-29. Drew didn't go away in the third quarter and cut the lead to just eight, 47-39, with 1:33 remaining. Thompson drained a three-pointer to close the quarter and put UMW up 11 going into the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, Drew again got within single digits as they drained a three-pointer 1:21 in. From there, the Eagles put the game away as they went on a 14-2 run to go up 64-44. Thompson drained three three-pointers during the run they went on. The Eagles held on from there to take the win 75-53.
Sharman and Martin both added 13 points a piece on the night. Martin grabbed seven rebounds, while Sharm grabbed two boards and dished out four assists. Shifflett pitched in 10 points on 5-9 shooting from the field.
UMW shot 28-59 (47.5%) from the field, 8-22 (36.4%) from three-point range, and 11-16 (68.8%) from the free throw line. The Eagles out-rebounded Drew 36-34.
The Eagles will be back in action tomorrow as they will conclude the St. Mary's Seahawk Classic with a game against Widener at 2 p.m.