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Women's basketball falls at Cabrini in first conference loss

Women's basketball falls at Cabrini in first conference loss

RADNOR, Pa. – The Marymount University women's basketball team took its first loss in Atlantic East Conference play on Saturday afternoon, 76-67, at Cabrini University.

In a closely-contested first quarter, sophomore Katie McShea gave the Saints their first lead, 6-5, with a layup at the 7:16 mark. The first half would see 12 lead changes between the teams.

Marymount pushed its advantage to 11-7, following a three from graduate student Abby Fisher and another score by McShea.

McShea tallied the team's final five points of the opening frame, as the Saints held a 16-15 lead at the quarter break.

The teams continued to trade buckets to start the second quarter, before a three-pointer from freshman Lauryn Caiafa gave Marymount a 21-19 edge. However, the Cavaliers responded with a 14-2 run to open up a 33-23 lead with four minutes to go in the half.

Makes from McShea and Caiafa led a 5-0 spurt for the Saints to cut the deficit in half, 33-28, and Fisher added another three before halftime, but Cabrini took a 39-33 lead into the break.

The Saints were converting 56 percent from the floor in the first half, including a 50-percent clip from deep, while pulling down 15 rebounds. McShea led the team with 15 points and six rebounds in the half.

McShea netted a jumper to open the scoring in the second half, but Cabrini pushed its lead back to double-digits, 46-35, over the first four minutes of the third quarter.

The Cavaliers continued to hold their lead for the next several minutes, but Caiafa drained another long-range shot to help cut back into the deficit, bringing the score to 51-45.

Cabrini regained a 10-point lead, 56-46, heading into the fourth quarter.

The Saints opened the fourth on a 7-3 run to get back within six points, with layups from junior Gabriella Haddad, freshman Symantha Shackelford, and McShea.

Cabrini's Sydney Kesselman responded with a three, but four-straight points from Marymount, led by a Haddad layup, got the Saints' deficit back down to five, 62-57.

However, the was the closest Marymount would get in the final frame, as the Cavaliers held on for the, 76-67, win.

McShea finished with 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Saints, while Fisher added 15 points and Caiafa scored 11. Caiafa also led the team with two steals.

The Saints will return to the Converse Family Fieldhouse for their first home game of 2020 for their next contest, playing host to Neumann University, in Atlantic East action, on Wednesday, January 15; the game is set for 6 p.m.