Mary Baldwin Basketball Bounces Two Top Seeds

February 21, 2008

Update 2/26: The Fighting Squirrels’ successful and noteworthy season ended with a loss yesterday to Methodist University in the USA South Athletic Conference tournament. However, the “scrappy seven” of Mary Baldwin exceeded many expectations. The team won four of its final five games to best their preseason conference ranking of #8 and finish as the #6 seed. Mary Baldwin’s first basketball season as a USA South member is one for the record books, including senior Jessica Carter’s posting of the college’s most career points at 1,943. Congratulations to all!

Christopher Newport University’s seven-game winning streak and #1 ranking in the USA South Athletic Conference did not intimidate Mary Baldwin’s fewer, but skilled, players. The small Mary Baldwin team — with just two substitutes for the season — defeated the CNU Captains 61-60 on their home court February 19. Just a few days before that, the Mary Baldwin Fighting Squirrels knocked Methodist College from its #1 conference standing with a 65-62 victory.

Mary Baldwin won the opening tip-off of the CNU game that led to a quick three-point shot by Christie Hamilton ’09 to open the contest. The Squirrels were ahead 32-26 at the half, but CNU chipped away at their lead. The final minutes were intense, but solid defense led to a shot that gave Mary Baldwin a one-point lead with 1:27 left in the contest. The team held its lead through three final plays by the Captains.

Senior Jessica Carter led Mary Baldwin scoring with 19 points, and the team shot 42 percent from the field and 54 percent from the three-point arc. Sinking 10 of 11 shots from the free throw line also helped the Squirrels claim victory.

The team ends the regular season with two home games against Meredith College and Peace College Friday, February 22 (fan appreciation night) and Saturday, February 23. USA South tournament competition begins February 25, where a conference win equals an automatic bid into the National Collegiate Athletic Association tourney. Check out go.marybaldwin.edu/athletics for the latest scores.