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Late rally falls short for Women's Basketball in season opener

Late rally falls short for Women's Basketball in season opener

ASHLAND, Va. – A late fourth-quarter rally put the Saints within two of Randolph-Macon College on Wednesday night in their season-opener, but the Marymount women's basketball team fell on the road to the Yellow Jackets, 78-73. 

Senior guard Leah Hurst kicked off the comeback with back-to-back free throws to open the final 10 minutes of play before following it up with a steal and an assist to sophomore guard Regan Lohr who connected on the jumper, all of which happened in 22 seconds of the restart. 

Down 11 with 2:44 remaining in the game, Hurst ignited a 10-1 run that was capped off by a layup by senior forward Nicole Viscuso with nine seconds left to get the Saints within two, 74-72. 

Unfortunately, three-straight free throws by the Yellow Jackets solidified the decision. 

Marymount put together a 41.2-percent shooting night led by Lohr and sophomore Gabriella Haddad who each chipped in 16 points each. The 16 points for Haddad marked a new career high, topping her 11 she had against York College of Pennsylvania last season. Viscuso added 14, while Hurst notched seven points to go along with game highs of seven assists and eight steals. Her eight steals also set a new career high. 

Three freshmen made their collegiate debuts on Wednesday night, seeing Aidan Phillips and Kathryn Ryan combine for six points and Taylor Love collect three rebounds and a steal. 

The women will look for their first win of the season this weekend, heading to Johns Hopkins for its Tip-Off Tournament. They will open the two-day event up on Saturday, November 18 in a rematch of last season's NCAA second-round tilt against Albright. The Saints defeated Albright, 68-59, to advance to the Sweet 16 in Minnesota. Tip off is slated for 4 p.m., in Baltimore, Maryland.