St. Mary's Women's Basketball Falls Short to Marymount in Conference Opener, 77-73

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The St. Mary's College women's basketball team narrowed a 20-point deficit in the second half down to two points with 2:14 to go in the game, but #21 Marymount held on for the 77-73 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) victory on Wednesday evening at the Verizon Sports Arena. The contest was the conference opener for both schools

The Saints (5-0, 1-0) held a 39-27 lead at the intermission. They opened the second half with an 8-0 run to go up 49-29, giving them the largest lead of the contest. Instead of packing it in for the evening, the Seahawks responded with a 19-6 run that was capped with a jumper from freshman forward Allie Scott (Laurel, MD/Atholton) with 13:24 remaining.

St. Mary's (1-4, 0-1) made another run reducing a ten-point deficit with 6:39 remaining down to two points when freshman center Kaitlyn Johnson (Great Falls, VA/Marshall) converted a lay-up with 2:14 showing on the game clock. St. Mary's then missed their next five shots and saw Marymount extend the lead to five points.

Sophomore guard Megan Uglik (Frederick, MD/Linganore) once again reduced the deficit to two by sinking a three-pointer with ten seconds remaining. The Seahawks had to resort to fouling and Marymount sank two free throws before the Seahawks missed their final three-pointer for the 77-73 final.

Marymount was led by senior Randi Jones with 13 points and nine rebounds. Junior Kacee Grogan added 12 points and also pulled down nine rebounds.

Uglik led the Seahawks with 16 points and four assists. Freshman guard Shannon Ambrose (Herndon, VA/Bishop O'Connell) added 14 points while sophomore guard Taylor Yearwood scored nine points and dished four assists. Scott posted eight points and collected a game-high ten rebounds in the contest.

The Seahawks will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Mary Washington in another conference contest. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.

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