ARLINGTON, Va. - The No. 9 Marymount University women's basketball team fell for the first time this season, dropping an overtime decision to the University of Mary Washington, 65-62.
A tight game throughout the whole 45 minutes had the Saints making a comeback in the fourth quarter, trailing by five with seven minutes remaining. Two free throws by senior Abby Fisher and a jumper by senior Gabriella Haddad cut the deficit to one.
As time ticked away, sophomore Katie McShea gave MU the advantage with 2:52 remaining with a layup and a jumper to give the Saints a 49-27 lead.
Down the stretch, two free throws at the line by Haddad gave Marymount a four-point advantage with 20 seconds left. However, the Eagles didn't go away. With 17 seconds left, they found some room for a quick layup, and found some similar space in the closing seconds to draw the game even at the buzzer to send the game to extra time, the first game this season the Saints didn't decide in regulation.
The scoring was light in the first half of overtime, seeing just two free throws by the Eagles and a layup by McShea to hold it even at 55-55. But, UMW answered with three-straight free throws, a layup, and two more free throws to take a seven-point advantage and a lead that would hold the rest of the way.
Some energy came back to the Saints when Fisher found Haddad for a three-pointer with 55 seconds left to cut the deficit to four, and later scored a layup to get within three, but that's as close as they would get as the final horn sounded.
McShea led all scorers with a game-high 20 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Haddad had a double-double as well, her first of the year, with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Fisher chipped in for 15 points, including a 7-for-8 line at the charity stripe.
The Saints travel to Florida for their next two games, heading to the Daytona Beach Shootout. Their first of two games is on Thursday, December 19 against Centre; tipoff is set for 6 p.m.