WBK | Gaels Travel To Purdue's BTI Invitational
The Saint Mary's women's basketball team will play three games in the Basketball Traveler's Inc. Invitational in Indiana
MORAGA, Calif. — The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team travels to West Lafayette, Ind., to face UT Martin, Eastern Washington and host Purdue in the Basketball Travelers Inc. Invitational on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday to wrap up non-conference play.
Dec. 17, 11:30 a.m. - UT Martin (4-5) vs. Saint Mary’s (5-3)
Dec. 18, 1 p.m. - Eastern Washington (4-5) vs. Saint Mary’s
Dec. 20, 10:30 a.m. - Purdue (6-5) vs. Saint Mary’s
LAST TIME OUT
Saint Mary’s could not overcome undefeated UC Davis on Saturday as the Aggies powered to a 74-50 win in its final non-conference home game. The Gaels shot 38.3 percent from the field goal, their lowest percentage so far this season. The Gaels won the rebounding battle, pulling down 15 offensive rebounds, outrebounding UC Davis 15-3 on the offensive glass and 34-27 overall. Sydney Raggio scored a team-best 14 points and grabbed eight boards, posting her eighth double-figure scoring game in as many contests this year. Madeline Holland chipped in 13 points.
ABOUT SAINT MARY’S
The Gaels (5-3) took its first home loss of the season to UC Davis (74-50) on Saturday. The Gaels are 1-2 on the road. Saint Mary’s has lost two games in a row, the first time since doing so at the end of the 2016-17 season.
Megan McKay leads the team with 15.6 points per game and a team-best 59.5 field goal percentage -- tops in the West Coast Conference and No. 27 in the NCAA. Raggio averages 14.9 ppg and shoots 56.5 percent from the field. -- third in the WCC and No. 45 in the NCAA. Raggio grabs a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game for the Gaels. Stella Beck averages 14.5 ppg and guides the team with 3.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
ABOUT EASTERN WASHINGTON
The Eagles (4-5) edged Cal Poly, 75-72, at home on Monday for their second straight victory. The Eagles are 1-3 on the road. Saint Mary’s beat Eastern Washington, 74-66, in 2006-07 season at McKeon Pavilion, but fell to the Eagles 63-53 in 2005-06 in Cheney, Wash.
Delaney Hodgins is the all-around player for the Eagles as she averages a team-high 19.3 points per game, 7.3 rebounds and 20 blocks. Hodgins leads the Big Sky Conference in most field goals made, she is third in both field goal percentage and in blocked shots. Guard Symone Starks has a team-high 27 steals -- leads the Big Sky Conference and is No. 34 in the NCAA. She carries the team with 22 assists. Violet Kapri Morrow averages 11.0 ppg.
ABOUT UT MARTIN
The Skyhawks (4-5) took down Rhodes College 90-49 in their last non-conference game on Dec. 7 at home. The Skyhawks have not won a road game so far in the season. They fell to No. 4 Louisville (91-56), Chattanooga (87-82 OT), Arkansas State (84-73) and Southern Illinois (84-72) on the road. The Skyhawks are currently fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference standings.
Kendall Spray leads OVC with a 48.8 3-point percentage and is ranked No. 21 in the NCAA. Emanye Robertson averages 11.7 ppg and has a team-best 33 assists and 20 steals. Robertson is ranked fourth in steals per game and ninth in assists in conference. Chelsey Perry averages 11.4 ppg and collects 53 rebounds. Maddie Waldrop posts a team-high 56 rebounds.
The Boilermakers (6-5) fell to Ohio University on Sunday at home, 77-71, moving the Boilermakers' record to 3-2 at home. Purdue also fell to Ball State, 66-60, on Dec. 4.
Ae’Rianna Harris is one of the top players for Purdue, being nationally ranked in blocked shots, rebounds, and field goal percentages. Harris averages a team-best 34 blocked shots -- tops in the Big Ten Conference and is No. 3 in the NCAA. She also pulls down a team-high 8.6 rebounds -- No. 41 in the NCAA. Harris shoots a team-high 56.0 percent from the field -- sixth in conference and No. 44 in the NCAA. Andreona Keys leads the Boilermakers with 13.7 ppg and 37 assists. Lamina Cooper averages 11.3 ppg and a team-high 22 steals.
Saint Mary’s will open the West Coast Conference play in Los Angeles on Dec. 28 against Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion. Live coverage links can be found on SMCGaels.com.
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