ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's basketball team continued its Atlantic East Conference dominance on Saturday afternoon, topping Marywood University, 67-27, in the Converse Family Fieldhouse.
It was all Saints from the tip, seeing junior Regan Lohr knock in the first bucket of the game from deep on the left wing. Defense, that played a major factor in the full contest, kept the Pacers off the scoreboard until 3:27 left in the first quarter when Alyssa Olson made the front end of two free throws.
The score continued to build for Marymount, including a three-pointer by senior Abby Fisher and another by Lohr, as the Saints carried a 14-1 lead into the second frame. The one point the Saints held the Pacers to in the first quarter was a program record across any quarter, dating back to the 2015-16 season when the NCAA moved women's basketball to quarters.
The second quarter was very familiar to the first, seeing the Saints build upon the advantage while stifling Marywood on the other end of the court. They held the Pacers to just another free throw until 4:16 left in the half when Marywood's Natasha Hessling scored the team's first field goal of the game, almost 16 minutes into the game.
By the break, the Saints worked up a 35-10 lead, paced by a 10-point effort by Lohr. Freshman Katie McShea had a well-round half, going a perfect from the field for six points, four rebounds and three assists. Also, through just two quarters, sophomore Aidan Phillips matched her career high of seven points, hitting 5-for-6 at the free throw line.
Although Marywood found some scoring in the second half after some adjustments, Marymount sustained its momentum through the final two quarters, building up a 42-point lead with 1:11 left in the game.
For the game, the Saints shot 51.2 percent from the floor, the fifth time this season they shot over 50 percent. Lohr led the way with a game-high 18 points, while junior Gabriella Haddad and Phillips each contributed 10 and Fisher 11 points off the bench. Phillips' 10 points are a career high.
On the defensive end, Marymount forced 30 Pacer turnovers, which included 20 steals led by a career-high six by Phillips. The Saints held Marywood to a 22-percent shooting percentage, as the Pacers had just nine field goals in the game.
Now on a five-game win streak, the Saints remain untouched at the top of the conference standings with a 4-0 tally.
They hit the road next week for another league matchup, traveling to Wesley College on Saturday, January 19. Tip is set for 12 p.m.