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McShea's career high leads Saints past Mighty Macs

McShea's career high leads Saints past Mighty Macs

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's basketball team grabbed a home win on Saturday, defeating Immaculata University in Atlantic East Conference play, 85-54, at the Converse Family Fieldhouse.

As they have throughout the season, the Saints quickly gained control of the game with a large run in the first quarter.

Immaculata held the lead, 4-3, but junior Gabriella Haddad converted on a jump shot to put the Saints ahead. The make began a 19-5 run to close the first quarter.

Freshman Katie McShea scored nine points to lead the surge, including hitting four-of-five from the foul line. McShea had a huge game for the Saints, scoring a career-high 33 points, while shooting 13-of-15 from the charity stripe; she added 14 rebounds for her seventh double-double this season.

McShea netted the final-four points for Marymount in the first frame, as the Saints took a 22-9 lead into the quarter break.

She began the second-quarter with a three-point play to keep the Saints' momentum going, continuing to dominate the painted area.

Haddad paced the team with eight points in the second, helping the team hold a 44-27 edge at halftime. At the break, McShea had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Haddad tallied 12 points.

In the third quarter, McShea accounted for over half of the team's scoring, posting 12 points.

The Saints continued to hold a commanding lead through the second half, leaving little doubt for their eighth conference win of the year.

Haddad finished the game with 13 points, while junior Regan Lohr and senior Tyffani McQueen added 12 and 10, respectively. The team shot over 49 percent from the field in the game, while holding the Mighty Macs to under 36 percent.

The Saints will travel to Marywood University for their next game on Saturday, February 9 in conference play; the game is set for 1 p.m.