Scots fall to Westminster 55-50 to open Pat Deacon Classic

Scots fall to Westminster 55-50 to open Pat Deacon Classic

The Maryville College women's basketball team dropped their third consecutive challenge of the season with a 55-50 loss at the hands of Westminster College (Mo.) at the Pat Deacon Classic in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday evening.


The Blue Jays outpaced MC 15-11 in the first quarter with Mirrakohl Johnson depositing eight points while Haley Talbott helped the Scots keep pace with a team-high five points in the first stanza.


A Talbott perimeter jump shot and a Lauren Biliter free throw gave Maryville their first lead in the second quarter (25-24) with just over three minutes before the intermission. A 6-2 run by the Blue Jays gave Westminster a 30-27 halftime advantage.


At the half, Maryville held Westminster to 33% shooting effort while also forcing 11 turnovers on defense. Offensively, the Scots only hit 25% of their shots from the floor while going 2-for-13 from beyond the arc.


MC outpaced the Blue Jays 17-13 in the third quarter taking a 44-43 lead into the final quarter following an Amber Hudgens free throw.


A Kelsey Ray three-pointer at the 9:43 mark gave Westminster a 46-43 lead and they would never relinquish the advantage. Madison Maples dropped a three-pointer and a free throw bringing MC to within one (51-50) with two minutes remaining. Westminster's Kendahl Adams and Mirrakohl Johnson converted late free throws to preserve the victory for the Blue Jays.


Westminster (2-1) was paced by Mirrakohl Johnson's double-double effort with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kelsey Ray added nine points while Grace Archambault recorded a game-high 16 rebounds. The Blue Jays finished 16-for-61 (26%) from the floor.


Maryville (0-3) was led by Madison Maples' 14 points on 3-of-12 shooting. The senior went 3-for-9 from beyond the arc and 5-for-6 at the charity stripe. Haley Talbott added 12 points. Rachel Hawn added 15 rebounds while Amber Hudgens pulled down eight boards. The Scots finished 15-for-59 (25%) from the floor and 7-for-23 (30%) from the perimeter.


Maryville will face either Transylvania or Otterbein on Sunday to conclude the Pat Deacon Classic hosted by Transylvania University.