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Women's Basketball Falls to Hope in NCAA Sectionals

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Saints made a valiant run at advancing to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament, making comebacks in both halves to tie Hope College, but the Flying Dutch overcame MU's final run to defeat the Saints, 53-46, in the NCAA Sectionals at Illinois Wesleyan University.

The defeat ended the Saints' dream of a national championship but did nothing to diminish the success of the overall season for Marymount.

And the Saints had a chance against the #4 ranked team. After trailing by nine points at 41-32 with 10:40 to go, MU went on a 14-5 run that included two three-pointers by Amanda Billy to tie the game at 46-46 with 2:36 remaining in the game. Hope's Carrie Snikkers answered with a traditional three-point play to put the Flying Dutch up by three with 1:50 to go and the Saints could not answer.

Marymount had made a similar run in the first half -- after trailing by nine points, the Saints rallied to tie the game at the intermission, 24-24.

The Saints were led by Billy with 11 points and three rebounds. Tara Eddy added 10 points and six rebounds. It was the final game for four seniors -- Kathleen Brown, Meredith Levison, Christina LaVigna and Terell White. White finished with eight points, two assists and three steals while Brown had five points and a team-high eight rebounds. Levison tallied six points and LaVigna had two points and six boards.

And it was also the final game for head coach Bill Finney who is retiring after 27 seasons with the Saints. He ends up with a record of 553-193 and 16 NCAA post-season appearances.

Marymount tied the school mark for most wins in a season with its 28-2 mark and finished with 3 tournament titles including the CAC championship, the MU-Marine Tip-Off tournament and the MU Holiday Classic.