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Hornets send Seay out with 69-43 win

Concordia senior Santana Seay closed out her career in fitting style as the Hornets ended their season on a bright note with a 69-43 win over Pensacola Christian on Saturday.

The two-time USCAA All-American led the Hornets with 15 points. Postgame, she was informed that her number will be retired on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

“It feels pretty good. I’m very excited,” said Seay. “All my teammates were very supportive.”

Her teammates also made it a point to send Seay out on a high note. Trailing 5-3 early on, Shacora Preyer hit a 3-pointer to spark a 16-0 run that put the Hornets’ ahead 19-5 with 10:47 left in the first half.

Concordia was just getting started.

Seba Smith hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start an 8-0 run, extending a 13-point lead to 34-13. Concordia led 36-16 at the break.

“They really wanted to go out the right way for her,” said Concordia coach Steven Washington. “Their energy level has really been exciting.”

Things didn’t get any better for the Screaming Eagles 5-18) in the second half as the Hornets (11-12) refused to let up. A Seay layup and Eagle turnovers triggered another 16-0 run capped by a Treasure Baker 3-point play to extend the lead to 54-20 with 13:23 left in the contest.

“They had good momentum,” said Pensacola coach Adrienne Wilson. “Their shots were falling and they shot the ball well. They executed. They played tough defense.”

Gwen Edwards added eight points for the Hornets, and Preyer and Shanice Price finished with seven each.

Jackie Bechtel led Pensacola Christian with 10 points.