ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's basketball team began the Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament on Friday night at the Converse Family Fieldhouse against Haverford College, picking up a 41-33 victory.
After nearly three scoreless minutes to start the game, Haverford's Hannah Zoll tallied the game's first basketball, but senior Abby Fisher came right back with a three-pointer for the Saints.
Fisher added a layup, as the Saints held a 5-4 lead, in a close first quarter. Freshman Lauren Cunningham knocked down a jumper to bring the score to 8-8, but Haverford scored the final four points of the opening quarter to hold a 12-8 edge at the break.
Haverford continued to hold its lead through the remainder of the first half with a slight, 10-9, edge in the second quarter.
Freshman Symantha Shackelford drilled a three to cut the down to two, 19-17, with 4:29 to play in the quarter. However, a three from Julianna Clark built the lead back to five, 22-17, in favor of the Fords at halftime.
At the half, Fisher's five points led the team, along with sophomore Katie McShea's four rebounds.
The Saints opened the second half on an 8-0 run, started with back-to-back layups from senior Gabriella Haddad and McShea. Haddad converted a layup through a foul and hit the subsequent free throw to cap the run and give the the Saints a 25-22 lead.
Marymount outscored Haverford, 14-5, in the third quarter to hold a 31-27 edge heading into the final frame. Haddad added a third layup, leading the way with seven points in the quarter for the Saints, while Shackelford and McShea tallied layups, as well, to close out the quarter.
The Marymount defense held the Fords to only 22.2-percent shooting in the third quarter and continued to stifle the Haverford offense through the rest of the game.
The Fords' shooting percentage dropped to 13.3 percent in the fourth quarter, as the Saints only allowed 11 points in the second half.
Haddad hit another layup to start the fourth, as junior Aidan Phillips converted a three-point play to boost the Marymount lead to 36-27. The advantage reached double-digits, 39-29, on a layup from junior Ananda Claggett with 4:07 to play.
Phillips and Haddad, each, hit free throws to secure the victory in the final minutes.
Haddad led the team with 11 points, and McShea chipped in with seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.
The Saints will continue the Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday, November 16 against The Sage Colleges in the tournament championship game; the opening tip is set for 7:30 p.m.