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Saints fall to Vassar in Pablo Coto championship

Saints fall to Vassar in Pablo Coto championship

ARLINGTON, Va. – The No. 18 Marymount University women's basketball team fell on Saturday night in the Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament Championship, 56-52, to Vassar College.

After a first quarter in which the Brewers came out strong, the Saints were looking at a 16-4 deficit heading into the second.

Marymount would answer the call, flipping the script to outscore Vassar 17-6 in the second quarter to get back in the game. The Brewers pushed their lead to 20-8 at the 7:01 mark, but the Saints answered with a 13-2 run during the rest of the first half.

Freshman Katie McShea tallied 11 of the Saints points in the quarter, including four-straight layups and a free throw to cut the lead to 20-19. She finished the game with 19 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs, to lead the Saints in her first-career double-double.

After Vassar netted a jumper, senior Tyffani McQueen scored on a jump shot, to get Marymount to within one, 22-21 at halftime.

McShea scored a layup to start the second half and give the Saints their first lead, 23-22, at the eight-minute mark of the third quarter.

The teams traded scores over the next few minutes, as sophomore Kathryn Ryan and junior Gabriella Haddad netted layups to get the score to 27-27.

However, Vassar ended the third on a 10-5 run to take a 37-32 lead into the final quarter.

Marymount continued to battle and keep the score close throughout the fourth, as McShea led the way with six points in the frame, and Ryan and junior Regan Lohr each tallied four.

McShea's final tally came with 29 seconds left to cut the score to 55-52 to keep the Saints in reach, but the Brewers were able to hold on for the win.

McShea was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts.

Haddad and Ryan each hit double-digits in the game, as well, with 10 points, each.

The Saints will return to action on Tuesday, November 20 to host Shenandoah University at the Converse Family Fieldhouse; the game is set for 6 p.m.