Emmitsburg, Md. (December 2, 2017) – A late fourth quarter surge from Mount St. Mary's powered the Mountaineers to a 71-63 victory over Loyola on Saturday afternoon in non-conference women's basketball action at Knott Arena. Juliette Lawless led the offense with a career-high 18 points, while Ashlee White (15 pts) and Katrice Dickson (14) helped pace the Mount in the contest.
The victory, which moved the Mount to 1-6 on the year, was the first of new Head Coach Maria Marchesano's Mount St. Mary's career.
Loyola (2-5) held a six-point advantage at the midway mark of the fourth quarter before the Mount began its comeback. A jumper from Dickson and a three-pointer from Daly Sullivan on back-to-back possessions cut the Greyhounds' lead to just one at the 4:41 mark.
After a bucket from Delaney Connolly on the other end, Dickson responded with a layup in transition before Sullivan knocked down another three on the ensuing possession to give the Mount its first lead since early in the fourth.
The Mount defense forced a miss from Bri Betz-White, and worked it down to the other end where Lawless converted a layup and got fouled. The junior hit the free throw for the traditional three-point play, padding the Mount's advantage to 64-59 with just 2:12 remaining.
The teams traded buckets the next two times down as it remained a five-point lead with 1:20 left in the contest. Alexis Gray missed a jumper for a chance to pull the Greyhounds within one possession, and fouled Kayla Agentowicz, who made one of two from the line. Betz-White followed with a jumper to cut the deficit to four with 41 seconds showing on the clock, but Agentowicz was fouled again and hit both her free throws to push the lead back to six, 69-63. The Mount forced a Loyola miss on the next possession, and Dickson knocked down both foul shots after getting intentionally fouled to seal the 71-63 victory.
Lawless narrowly missed out on a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds, as she set new career highs in both categories. The junior went 5-of-7 from the field and a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line. White netted 15 points to go along with six rebounds, while Dickson (14 pts) and Kayla Agentowicz (10 pts) also finished in double figures.
Stephanie Karcz led Loyola with a double-double on 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Gray chipped in with 12 points and six boards.
Mount St. Mary's shot 40.7 percent (22-54) from the floor and 29.4 percent (5-17) from long range, compared to a 33.8 percent (24-71) mark from Loyola and just 14.3 percent (3-21) from deep.
The Mount opened a 12-8 advantage following a low scoring first quarter in which Loyola was held to just 2-for-22 (.091) shooting from the field.
Mount St. Mary's maintained a single-digit lead until midway through the second quarter when the Greyhounds received consecutive buckets from Connolly and Gray to put them on top. Loyola built its advantage to as many as eight points in the period, but the Mount closed the gap to 32-28 the halftime break.
The Mount shot just 28.6 percent (2-28) in the first half, while Loyola posted a 32.4 percent (12-37) mark. Both teams also struggled from long range, matching each other at 25 percent (2-8) in the half.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on December 6 at Maryland at 6:30 p.m.