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McShea's 24 leads Saints past Sea Gulls in fourth-straight win

McShea's 24 leads Saints past Sea Gulls in fourth-straight win

SALISBURY, Md. – The Marymount University women's basketball team traveled to Salisbury University, defeating the former-Capital Athletic Conference foe, 61-48, at Maggs Physical Activities Center on Wednesday night.

The Saints found, early, success in the paint, scoring all of their first-quarter points on layups, outscoring the Sea Gulls, 19-8, in the frame.

Senior Gabriella Haddad and sophomore Katie McShea, each, netted four points, as Marymount took a, 10-4, lead in the first-four minutes.

McShea scored the final-seven points in the quarter for the Saints.

Marymount pushed its lead to 25-8 to start the second quarter, as junior Aidan Phillips hit two free throws, and McShea and junior Taylor Love made layups.

However, the Sea Gulls battled back with a 16-6 run in the final 6:29 of the half to cut Marymount's lead to 31-25 at halftime.

At the break, McShea posted a game-high 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting.

Salisbury tied the score, 33-33, to start the second half, but the Saints got going again, after two free throws from senior Abby Fisher. McShea followed with a layup, before freshman Symantha Shackelford knocked down a jumper to bring the Saints back ahead, 39-33.

Despite an even third quarter, the Saints held a 43-35 advantage heading into the fourth.

Layups from Haddad, Fisher, Phillips, and McShea to open the final quarter, brought the Saints back to a double-digit lead, 51-40. They did not look back from there, led by seven points in the period from Haddad, to earn their fourth-straight win to start the year.

McShea tallied her second-straight double-double, with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Haddad, also, hit double-figures with 11 points, while Phillips added six points, six rebounds, and four assists.

Marymount returns home to the Converse Family Fieldhouse for its next game on Saturday, November 23, hosting Messiah College; the opening tip is scheduled for 1 p.m.