BRUNSWICK, Maine (March 1, 2019) – Junior Kaleigh D'Arcy (White Plains, N.Y.) became the sixth player in USMMA women's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, as she scored a game-high 23 points in the Mariners' 74-51 loss to Smith College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night up at Bowdoin College's Morrell Gymnasium. The defeat ends Merchant Marine's magical 2018-19 campaign with a program-best record of 22-4, while the Pioneers improve to 22-6 and move on to second-round action on Saturday.
D'Arcy connected on 6-of-15 shot attempts with two 3-pointers on the night and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. It was at 4:10 of the third quarter when she was at the line for two shots when she scored her 17th point of the night to reach 1,000. You can view that moment at this link. The junior joins her father, USMMA Athletics Hall of Famer Kevin D'Arcy '90, as the first father-daughter duo to both reach 1,000 points throughout their careers at Kings Point.
Junior Taylor Hightower (White Plains, Md.) finished the season strong with 13 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the losing effort. Freshman Lauren Hunter (Tinley Park, Ill.) contributed seven points and a team-best nine rebounds, while junior Shelby Peters (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) added six points and four boards.
The Mariners shot an impressive 93.8% from the free-throw line on the night (15-for-16), but they could not stop a hot Smith offense that led from wire-to-wire and finished the game shooting exactly 50% from the field (32-for-64) with five three pointers. The Pioneers also out-rebounded Merchant Marine by a 43-28 margin.
For Smith, senior Katy McClellan led the way with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting to go along with four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Classmate Kennedy Guest-Pritchett recorded her 14th double-double of the year with 12 points and 14 boards, while sophomore Elle Jo Whalen posted 15 points and seven rebounds. Senior Lauren Bondi chipped in with 12 points and nine assists.
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