ASTON, Pa. - The Marymount University women's basketball team tipped off its first-ever Atlantic East Conference slate on Saturday afternoon, earning a hard-fought victory over Neumann University, 56-51.
Although a slow start for the Saints (6-2, 1-0 Atlantic East) had them trailing the Knights through the first quarter, 17-12, they picked up some momentum in the second 10-minute stretch with 16 points to take a 28-24 lead into the locker room.
The deficit was erased quickly in the second quarter, as MU came out for 10-straight points while not allowing the Knights to score on their end for over four and a half minutes. The 10-point effort was led by senior Tyffani McQueen with five, bringing her to double-digit points before the half. By the break, she led the Saints with 12 points.
The third quarter was controlled by the Knights (4-3, 0-1 Atlantic East), outscoring Marymount, 18-9, to take over the lead into the final frame, 42-37. However, the Saints came out fired up in the fourth, to hold Neumann to single-digits while racking up 19 points to put away the game.
Junior Gabriella Haddad led the offense with a game-high 17 points, tying her career best. Junior Regan Lohr added 15 points with three long balls and a perfect 6-for-6 at the free-throw line. In the paint, freshman Katie McShea was strong on the defensive side, pulling in a career- and game-high 12 rebounds.
The Saints remain on the road next week, as they travel to Stevenson University on Wednesday, December 5 for a non-conference matchup. Start time is set for 6 p.m.