ARLINGTON, Va. – The No. 18 Marymount University women's basketball team opened its season on Friday evening at the Converse Family Fieldhouse, falling to Emory & Henry College, 58-56.
The Saints took the lead early, 8-4, on a three-point play by senior Tyffani McQueen. The Wasps fought back to tie the score, 9-9, but two layups and a free throw from junior Gabriella Haddad in the final two and a half minutes of the first quarter gave Marymount a 14-9 lead after the first quarter.
Emory & Henry continued to keep the game close to start the second quarter, cutting the Saints' lead to 14-13. Junior Regan Lohr netted four-straight points on two free throws, followed by a layup, to give the Saints a 22-17 edge with 4:07 remaining in the first half.
The Wasps again came back, taking the lead before the half, as the teams hit the break with Emory & Henry up 26-24.
The second half opened with the team's trading shots. Haddad and freshman Katie McShea each netted four points in the opening minutes, before McQueen buried a three pointer to tie the game, 35-35.
McShea added another layup, before McQueen drilled a second shot from long range. After being fouled on the make, she hit the foul shot to take a 41-37 lead for Marymount at the 2:51 mark of the third quarter.
McQueen finished the game with 13 points, good for second on the team, while adding three rebounds and three assists.
The Wasps used a late run in the quarter to take a 46-45 lead into the final frame and pushed their advantage to 52-47 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.
However, Haddad hit a layup, and senior Abby Fisher knocked down a three to tie the score, 52-52.
Sophomore Kathryn Ryan scored on the Saints' next possession, following a defensive stop, to take the lead.
After the Wasps tied the score McShea, who tallied a game-high 17 points, regained the lead with a layup.
However, the Wasps were able to score the final four points of the game for the close win.
McShea also led the Saints on the night with five rebounds, while Lohr and sophomore Aidan Phillips tied for the team lead with five assists, each.
Marymount will be right back on the court on Monday, November 12, welcoming Randolph-Macon College to the Converse Family Fieldhouse; the opening tip is set for 6 p.m.