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Women's basketball opens season with 64-39 win over Shenandoah

Women's basketball opens season with 64-39 win over Shenandoah

WINCHESTER, Va. – The No. 17 Marymount University women's basketball team opened its season on Saturday afternoon at Shenandoah University, taking a 64-39 victory over the Hornets.

Back-to-back three pointers from senior Abby Fisher and junior Aidan Phillips gave the Saints an early, 8-6, lead.

Shenandoah kept the score close through the opening quarter, but two-straight buckets from sophomore Katie McShea gave the Saints a 16-12 lead at the quarter break. She finished with six points in the period to lead the team.

Marymount opened the game up in the second quarter, outscoring the Hornets, 20-8.

Freshman Symantha Shackelford converted on a layup and a jump shot to help push the Saints' lead to double-digits at 22-12 in the opening minutes of the second quarter.

In a balanced attack, Shackelford, McShea, Phillips, and senior Gabriella Haddad all scored four points in the quarter to build the Saints's lead.

McShea hit a jumper 21 seconds before the half to give the Saints a 36-20 lead at halftime, as she led the team with 10 points at the break, while adding four rebounds. Marymount converted over 65 percent of its field goals in the opening half.

Haddad opened the second half with a layup, before Fisher knocked down another three to push the lead to 41-20 less than 90 seconds into the half.

The Saints' defense continued to disrupt the Hornets' offense, only allowing nine Shenandoah shots in the third quarter. In the final three quarters of the game, Marymount held the Hornets to only 26.8 percent shooting from the floor.

Fisher converted on two three pointers in the third quarter to lead the team, as it held a 50-29 edge headed into the final frame.

A three from Shackelford kept Marymount on track to start the fourth, as the Saints continued to hold a 20-plus point lead the rest of the way for their first win to open the season.

Fisher led the team with a game-high 14 points, as four Saints reach double-figures. Haddad and McShea, each, tallied 12 points, while Phillips added 11. Fisher, Haddad, and McShea all pulled down six rebounds to tie for the team high, while Fisher's six assists led the way.

For the game, Marymount shot 51 percent from the floor and made five-of-seven three pointers.

The Saints will next be in action for their home opener on Friday, November 15 against Haverford College in the first night of the Pablo Coto Tip-off Tournament in the Converse Family Fieldhouse; the opening tip is set for 7:30 p.m.