ARLINGTON, Va. - The No. 10 Marymount University women's basketball team remained perfect on the season on Monday night, topping Hood College, 71-55, for its seventh-straight win behind sophomore Katie McShea's fourth double-double in the last five games.
McShea, who led all scorers with her second 20-plus point game of the year, went 8-for-14 for the game for 20 points while pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds, seven of which were offensive. She added a tied game-high three assists, a steal, and a block.
She was joined in double figures with senior Abby Fisher with 12 points, as Fisher got the scoring started in the game with the opening layup off the feed from McShea. That was quickly followed by the start of a solid defensive night by senior Gabriella Haddad, who collected her first steal of a game-high five for the night and transitioned it to a layup on the other end.
McShea capped off the first minute and a half of the game with her first layup, as the Saints carried a quick 6-0 lead in the game and built it up to a 19-11 advantage by the end of the first quarter.
The first three minutes of the second quarter had MU building its lead up to double-digits following five-straight points by junior Ananda Claggett off a layup and a three-pointer, but the Blazers chipped away until they had a two-point advantage before the half. With three seconds left, McShea pulled in an offensive board and put it back for the 32-32 tie at the break.
A strong third quarter had the Saints put the game away, as Marymount outscored Hood, 20-8, to carry a 52-40 lead into the final stretch.
Freshman Symantha Shackelford, who finished with a career-high 11 points, opened the fourth quarter with a long ball and McShea added two more layups to push the advantage to 17 points. The double-digit advantage would hold the rest of the way, as the final points for the Saints was dropped in by freshman Lauren Cunningham, knocking down her first three-pointer of her career.
The Saints look to continue their great start on Wednesday, December 4, traveling to Gallaudet University for another non-conference matchup. Start time is set for 6 p.m., in Washington, D.C.