UNION, N.J. - The Marymount University women's basketball team consistently pulled away to a 73-55 victory at Kean University on Sunday afternoon to close out 2018, led by senior guard Tyffani McQueen's career performance.
McQueen, the lone senior for the Saints, showed her leadership on both ends of the court on Sunday, knocking in a career-high 21 points on 69.2-percent shooting. She added a game-high five steals and a game-high five assists to go with six rebounds.
She wasn't alone with a strong scoring day, as freshman Katie McShea dropped in 20 points, her second-straight 20-plus point performance and third for her first collegiate season. She came up just one rebound short of her fifth double-double of the season, reeling in a game-high nine rebounds.
As a team, the Saints shot over 50 percent from the floor and it showed on the scoreboard at the half, as Marymount led the Cougars, 42-31. In the half, McQueen shot 7-for-9 from the floor, including a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, to register 17 points, just two-points shy of her career high.
She matched the mark midway through the third quarter on a layup, and was followed by a layup by McShea to push the Saints' advantage out to 17 with less than six minutes to go in the quarter, 50-33.
Although Kean tightened in on the defense around McQueen in the second half, holding her to four points, McShea continued to dominate in the paint for 10 more points on 5-for-8 shooting while playing almost the entire second half. As a team, the Saints scored 46 points in the paint.
The lead continued to grow for Marymount, getting to the largest of 21 points with 7:16 remaining in the game.
For the game, the Saints shot 50.8 percent from the floor, the third time this season they shot over 50 percent. They matched their season best in field goals, knocking in 32 baskets.
The victory sends the team into the new year with a 9-4 overall record, as they host Johns Hopkins for the first game of 2019 on Wednesday, January 2. Start time is set for 6 p.m., in the Converse Family Fieldhouse.