McCurdy, Scots score 23 fast-break points, as Albion's third-quarter rally too much, 89-68

McCurdy, Scots score 23 fast-break points, as Albion's third-quarter rally too much, 89-68

Maryville College posted 23 fast-break points on Sunday afternoon, but a key third quarter lifted Albion College past the Scots, 89-68.

MC trailed by just eight at the half, 36-28, before a key third quarter surge by the Britons would separate the two squads. Albion shot 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from the floor with a 50-percent effort from long range in the quarter, as they outscored Maryville, 27-16.

With that run, Albion built a 19-point lead.

"We played hard," Head Coach Darrin Travillian said. "There's some things that we didn't do, that part of that, I give [Albion] credit. Their full-court pressure for 40 minutes is tough. You don't see that every day, and we don't get that all year long. I felt like we had a ton of opportunities to put more points on the board. We didn't do a whole lot to stop them or impede them from scoring, but we had some chances to drop 80, 85 points today. We missed a ton of layups right in front of the rim."

For the game, Maryville shot 10-of-21 from within the restricted area. However, outside that area in the paint, the Scots were held to a 3-of-14 effort (21 percent). Albion managed 50 points in the paint, as the Maryville posted 26.

The Britons' full-court pressure was key, as they forced 23 Maryville College turnovers. Albion took advantage of that, tallying 34 points of the Scots' miscues.

Maryville managed to cut the lead to 12 on three different occasions throughout the second half, as Albion would hold on for a 89-68 win.

Maryville College (4-7) was led by Brooke McCurdy's 18 points. She had one rebound, an assists and a steal, as she shot 8-of-13 from the floor. The freshman's career high 18 came as she bucketed a pair of 3-pointers in the game.

Klaire Varney added 17 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals for a complete game, while Libby Gardner added 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal.

Elsa Eckenrod had nine points to go with a team-leading nine rebounds, three assists and a steal, while Erin Beasley had six points and a trio of boards. Kelley Wandell had four points, three rebounds, two blocks and a steal, while Shelby Hix added four rebounds and two points.

Maryville shot 22-of-61 (36.1 percent) for the game, as they made six treys at a 30-percent clip. The Scots went 18-of-20 (90 percent) from the charity stripe for the game.

Albion College (10-2) shot 44.9 percent (31-of-69) for the game, while bucketing five treys at a 38.5-percent rate.

The Britons saw five players score in double figures, as Maija Gillum had 19 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks. She made all five of Albion's treys for the game.

Emily Bernas had 18 points, while Rain Hinton had 16 points, four rebounds and two steals. Jami Hubbard has 12 points and seven boards, while Sam Carter added 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Maryville College will return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 1. The Scots host Emory University inside Boydson Baird Gymnasium for a 3 p.m. tipoff.