Women’s Basketball Season Ends in ECC Playoffs


After clinching the three seed in the East Coast Conference (ECC) Tournament, Mercy College Women’s Basketball’s season came to a all but likely end on March 1 after falling to sixth-seeded Queen’s College in the first round, 57-52.

Despite strong performances from senior guard Katie Wall of Wappinger Falls in New York and sophomore forward Jaclyn Stanavich  of Amsterdam, New York, who both finished with over 10 points, the Mavericks failed to capitalize on their comeback attempt after falling behind by 11 to lose by five.

Led by fifth-year head coach Scott Lagas, the Mavericks finish the season with an overall record of 17-10, including an 11-5 record in conference play and a 10-3 record at home in the Neil Judge Center. The Mavericks averaged just over 60 points a game in outscoring their opponents 1,629 to 1,575.

After beginning the season with a 5-6 record, the Mavericks were able to rattle off eight consecutive wins starting during the Christmas break, and concluding with a 51-36 win over The College of Staten Island. The Mavericks then finished above .500 in their next seven to clinch the three-seed in the ECC tournament.

On their senior night, the Mavericks’ senior players combined for 41 points in a win over Molloy. The win over Molloy capped a season sweep of the team’s rivals from Long Island for the first time since 2001.

The Maverick scoring was paced by senior guard Wall, who averaged 14 points per contest to go along with a team-leading three assists per game. The 2022-23 First Team All-ECC selection scored a career-high 31 points on Feb. 8 against rival St. Thomas Aquinas and also became the latest player to accomplish 2,000 points for her entire career.

After Wall, graduate student Taysha Bender of Maryland was second on the team in points per game with 10.9, and was also selected First Team All-EC. Senior forward Kellie Nudd (Colchester, CT) was third on the team with an average of 7.9 points per game.

Junior Maria Tedesco of Ocean Township in New Jersey led the team with 5.3 rebounds per game, followed by senior Asha Talib of Allentown, Pennsylvania with 5.0 rebounds per game.