Staten Island, N.Y. (February 20, 2017) – The Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball team trailed by as many as 18 in the third quarter, but a furious second-half comeback, which included a 21-0 run, lifted the Mountaineers to a 70-59 victory over Wagner on Monday night at the Spiro Center.
Midway through the third period, Wagner went on an 11-0 run, fueled by three straight three-pointers, including a pair from Sydney Sabino, and opened its largest lead of the contest, 51-33.
The Mount battled back, answering with the final 13 points of the period to pull within five, 51-46, heading into the fourth. Kayla Agentowicz and Kathleen Belanger-Finn fueled the rally with a combined nine points. A three from Agentowicz with 42 seconds left brought the Mount within seven, and Katrice-Dickson followed with a transition layup to trim the Wagner lead to five at the end of the quarter.
The Mountaineer's hot shooting carried over into the fourth as they began the quarter with the opening eight points to grab their first lead of the contest. Back-to-back threes from Kayla Bates and Dickson put the Mount ahead by one, and Dickson followed with a drive and lay-in on the next possession to make it 54-51 Mountaineers.
The rally, which was a 21-0 run over a 6:44 stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters, put the Mount ahead by three with 6:20 remaining in the contest.
The Mount pushed its lead to 57-53 following an Ashlee White three-pointer with 3:04 remaining before Bates converted a layup to make it a six-point advantage. After a pair of free throws from Kerstie Phills on the other end, Mikal Johnson hit a big three-pointer and White made four consecutive free throws on the next two Mount possessions to pad the team's lead to 66-55 with just over a minute showing on the clock.
Phills knocked down two more from the line for Wagner to cut the deficit back to single-digits, but the Mount made four free throws down the stretch to close out the 70-59 victory.
The Mountaineer defense held Wagner to just one field goal in the final 13 and a half minutes and just eight total points during the dominant stretch.
With the victory, the Mount remains tied for fourth place in the conference with a 9-7 league mark and 11-16 overall record.
Rookie Ashlee White led all scorers with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting while Alexis Carter and Caroline Hummell added 10 points apiece. Carter finished just one rebound shy of a double-double with a game-high nine boards.
Julia McClure and Kellie Crouch paced the Seahawks with 12 points apiece while Kerstie Phills and Corrinn Baggs added 10 each.
The Mount heads home for the final pair of regular season games against LIU Brooklyn (Feb. 25) and St. Francis Brooklyn (Feb. 27). Saturday's game vs. LIU marks Senior Day for the 2017 Mount St. Mary's senior class.