RADNOR, Pa. – The Marymount University women's basketball team went on the road on Wednesday night, dropping its first Atlantic East Conference contest at Cabrini University, 54-51.
The Cavaliers took early control, opening the game on a 14-4 run, on the way to take a 17-6 lead in the first quarter.
Freshman Katie McShea scored six points in the second quarter, helping the Saints keep the Cavaliers from building on their lead before the break. McShea and junior Gabriella Haddad converted layups to keep the Saints' deficit in single digits, 18-11.
McShea notched another layup, just before the half, as Cabrini held a 28-17 lead at the break. She finished the first half with seven points, while Haddad tallied six.
The Saints fought back right out of the break, as two-straight three-pointers by senior Abby Fisher cut the Cavalier's lead to only one, 28-27. A layup from McShea grabbed the first lead of the game for Marymount, 31-30.
However, a 13-2 run by the Cavaliers to close the final five minutes of the third quarter regained the lead for Cabrini.
Cabrini held its lead for the first several minutes of the final quarter, but the Saints would not go down without a fight.
McShea sank two shots from the foul line to begin a 9-1 run for the Saints. Junior Regan Lohr added a three in the spurt, before McShea hit a layup to get the score to 53-51 with less than a minute to go.
However, Cabrini was able to hold on in the final seconds to stave off the Saints' comeback attempt.
McShea and Haddad both finished the game with double-doubles. McShea tallied a game-high 17 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, also a game high, while Haddad added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Marymount returns home to the Converse Family Fieldhouse on Saturday, January 26 for its next contest, hosting Neumann University in Atlantic East action; the opening tip is set for 1 p.m.