Scots fall to Southern Virginia 68-56 in Pat Deacon Classic Championship

Scots fall to Southern Virginia 68-56 in Pat Deacon Classic Championship

The Maryville College women's basketball squad fell in the championship challenge at the 2019 Pat Deacon Classic in Lexington, Kentucky with a 68-56 loss at the hands of Southern Virginia University on Saturday evening.

Southern Virginia used a run in the third quarter and pulled away in the final quarter to earn the 12-point victory.

Maryville's stifling defense held the Knights to nine first quarter points and only an 11-point effort in the second stanza.

Following a 33-20 halftime advantage, Southern Virginia started the second half on an 11-0 run before Libby Gardner deposited a three-pointer at the six-minute mark making the score 36-34. A Klaire Varney layup kept the Scots in the lead 38-36 at the five-minute mark. Following a media timeout, SVU took a 39-38 lead on a Katie Garrish layup with three minutes remaining in the third quarter. A zone defensive stop and a three-pointer by Elsa Eckenrod gave MC a 41-39 advantage into the final two minutes of the third quarter. Shelby Hix connected on a trey extending the Scots' lead to 44-41, but the Knights closed out the quarter on a 5-0 run including a buzzer-beater to take a 46-44 lead into the final period.

The Knights pulled away in the fourth quarter with 22 points and a 53-percents shooting effort from the floor while the Scots could only post a dozen points on 4-of-20 shooting (20-percent) from the floor.

Maryville finished the challenge hitting 20-of-63 shots from the floor (31-percent) while going 7-of 28 (25-percent) from beyond the arc.

Southern Virginia (6-1) was paced by Katie Garrish's double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Savanna Christensen tallied 19 points while grabbing seven boards while Sophie Wright added 11 points.

Maryville (5-2) was led by Elsa Eckenrod's 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting while Libby Gardner added 12 points and eight assists. Kelley Wandell was strong on the boards with a team-high nine rebounds.

The Scots will prepare for their home debut on Wednesday, December 4th when they host USA South foe Brevard College at 6:00 p.m. in MC's Boydson Baird Gymnasium.

Pat Deacon Tournament All-Tournament Team
Alyssa Downs, Redlands
Shelby Boyle, Transylvania
Klaire Varney, Maryville
Katie Garrish, Southern Virginia
Savanna Christensen, Southern Virginia (Tournament Most Valuable Player)