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Saints Advance to the Sweet 16 with Win Over Medaille

Saturday, March 06, 2010
(The Saints celebrate their upcoming trip to the Sweet 16 after they won two straight NCAA tournament games at home on Friday and Saturday.)

Marymount had four players in double figures as they broke open a game that was tied with 10:51 to go in the first half to go on to defeat Medaille, 74-44, in a second round NCAA Division III women’s basketball game. The Saints will advance to the sectional round next Friday for the ninth time in school history.

The Saints and Medaille were tied 17-17 just over nine minutes into the game but from that point on MU outscored the Mavericks, 17-7 to lead 34-24 at the half. Three three-pointers by Amanda Billy and eight points from Kathleen Brown in the opening 20 minutes helped MU to its half-time advantage.

And then the Saints opened the second half the way most coaches love to see a team do and made the large, loud crowd very happy. Brown opened the period with a traditional three-point play in the first 16 seconds. She followed with a lay up after a Medaille miss to put MU up 39-25 and the visitors called a timeout to try to regroup at 18:13. Two minutes and 14 seconds later there was another Maverick timeout as the Marymount lead had increased to 21 points after triples by Christina LaVigna and Billy and a lay up by Beth Wiggins.

The Saints kept pulling away from that point as they ended up shooting 49.1 percent from the field for the game while holding Medaille to 34 percent. MU also dominated the boards winning that area by a 45-23 margin.

Amanda Billy led all scorers with 18 points, all on threes. She shot 6-9 from long-range. She also handed off four assists. Kathleen Brown had 15 points, going 7-10 from the field. She had a game-high nine rebounds in 23 minutes of play. Christina LaVigna and Tara Eddy each finished with 11 points. Eddy added seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.

For the second night in the NCAA tournament, the Saints allowed no one on the opposing team to score in double figures. Amanda Sahhar and Tiffany Sullivan each tallied nine points for the visitors. Sahhar added five rebounds while Sullivan had five assists. Medaille finishes its season with a 26-3 record.

Marymount, which has won 13 in a row, improves to 28-1 tying the school record for most wins in a season which was set in 1997. The Saints will learn tomorrow where they will play their next game in the sectional round of the NCAA Division III tournament.