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Now that the holidays are done and the new year has settled into place, so has the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Seahawks winter sports teams.

After dropping back-to-back contests to DeSales University (Pa.) on Dec. 9 and Capital Athletic Conference foe Mary Washington (Va.) on Dec. 14, the Seahawks men’s basketball team has rattled off five straight wins, including two wins in the Puerto Rico Division III Classic just before Christmas in San Juan.

The next three wins came in a one-week period, two over CAC opponents Marymount (Va.) — a 92-83 win on Jan. 4 — and Frostburg State University — a 97-54 affair last Wednesday — with the fifth-straight win coming in an 84-49 win over Southern Virginia University on Saturday.

Emerging from the five game-win streak has been senior forward Brendan McFall, who was named the CAC men’s basketball player of the week for the week ending Jan. 12.

During that week, McFall averaged 16.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals a game while shooting 57.3 percent from the field and 53.5 percent from three-point range, according to the team’s website.

McFall, averaging 11.9 points per game this season, also scored a game-high 22 points in the Frostburg State win.

The weekly award also doubled as the first such award of McFall’s career and as the first such award for any Seahawks men’s hoops player this season.

The Seahawks currently sit at 10-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

St. Mary’s will aim to win its sixth straight tonight at York College (Pa.) in the first of two meetings between the two teams this year, tonight being an 8 p.m. tip-off.

Sophie Pruden of the Seahawks women’s basketball team matched McFall by winning the CAC women’s basketball player of the week award for the week ending Jan. 12.

Pruden has been the catalyst for the last two wins for the Seahawks that included a 75-65 win over Frostburg State last Wednesday and a 60-45 win over Southern Virginia on Jan. 11.

Both wins improved the Seahawks to 5-7 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

Pruden scored 21 points in the win over Frostburg State, to go along with 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season, according to the team’s website, and 15 points in the win over Southern Virginia, both point totals serving as game-highs.

Also according to the team’s website, Pruden ranks second overall in the CAC with her 10.1 rebounds per game and fifth in the CAC in scoring with her 16.2 points per game.

It was the second CAC weekly award for the Seahawks as Marche Pearson (13.2 ppg) won the award for the week ending Dec. 22.

The women’s team will also travel to York tonight with a 6 p.m. tip-off.

In the pool, the Seahawks women’s swimming team currently sits at 6-4 overall and 3-0 in conference and have not swam in a conference meet since a 137-65 victory over Frostburg State on Nov. 22.

That will change with a swim meet scheduled for Saturday at Mary Washington one day after a home nonconference meet with Johns Hopkins University at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Junior Elaina Kohles earned the third CAC women’s swimmer of the week award for the Seahawks with her recognition coming for the week ending Dec. 8 after earning four first-place finishes at the Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jacket Invitational held Dec. 6 and 7 in Virginia, where the Seahawks placed fourth as a team.

Kohles earned gold medals in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle events, 400 individual medley and as a member of the 800 free relay team, who set a school record with a time of 7 minutes 59.06 seconds, according to the team’s website.

Teammate Brooke Raab won the women’s swimmer award twice for St. Mary’s this season.

After dropping four straight swimming meets earlier this season, the Seahawks men’s swimming team has won two of its three meets, a 52-43 over McDaniel College on Nov. 15 and a 157-44 conference victory over Frostburg State on Nov. 22.

The men, who finished fifth at Yellow Jacket Invitational, currently sit at 4-6 overall and 2-1 in conference meets. They will also host Johns Hopkins on Friday and go to Mary Washington on Saturday.

jmccray@somdnews.com