WASHINGTON, D.C. - The No. 9 Marymount University women's basketball team continued to dominate its competition on Wednesday night, cruising past Gallaudet University, 77-39, for its third-straight game over 70 points.
The Saints remain undefeated for the season, now sitting 8-0 overall, the longest win streak to open a season since the 2009-10 season when the squad started the year with 15-straight wins on its way to a 28-2 season and into the third round of the NCAA tournament. It is the longest streak to open a season under Head Coach Ashlee Rogers.
A back-and-forth start had the Bison with the lead twice in the opening minute, however, the Saints answered quickly with an and-one finish by sophomore Katie McShea and a layup by freshman Symantha Shackelford to take a 5-4 lead and an advantage that stayed in favor of MU the rest of the way.
By the end of the first quarter, the Saints built up a 24-10 score. Leading the way in the first quarter was McShea with 11 points.
Marymount continued to maintain a comfortable advantage through the second quarter with 13 more points while holding the Bison to another 10-point quarter, as the Saints carried a 37-20 into the locker room.
A connection between junior Aidan Phillips and McShea opened a third quarter in which the Saints dropped 23 points. A big part of that success was an 11-0 run to the midway mark of the quarter that was capped off by freshman Lauryn Caiafa with a layup following a Phillips' steal.
After six-straight points by Gallaudet, Caiafa dropped in her first three-pointer of her career to spark a 10-0 stretch for the Saints to close out the third quarter. Caiafa added another long ball in the run, as she finished with a career-high nine points on the night. Senior Gabriella Haddad and junior Ananda Claggett each added layups in the stretch as well.
The fourth played similar, as Marymount built up to its largest lead of the season before the final horn, reaching a 40-point advantage on the Saints' final basket by freshman Lauren Cunningham.
The Saints shot 50.8 percent from the floor for the night, led by McShea's fifth double-double of the season. The sophomore forward registered a game-high 21 points, her third 20-plus point game of the season, to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds. For the season, McShea is shooting 50 percent with 132 points in just 239 minutes.
As a team, MU held all of the scorers for the Bison to single digits, while totaling 22 steals and 30 Bison turnovers. Leading the defensive charge was Shackelford with a career-best six steals.
The Saints return to the Converse Family Fieldhouse for their final home game of 2019 on Saturday, December 7. They'll take on former Capital Athletic Conference-rival University of Mary Washington with tipoff set for 1 p.m.