MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-3) at VIRGINIA TECH (9-0)
Sunday, December 16 | 2:00 p.m.
Blacksburg, Virginia | Cassell Coliseum
>>> The Mountaineers head down to Blacksburg, Virginia to face the undefeated Virginia Tech Hokies on Sunday, December 16 at 2 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum. The matchup will be just the third all-time meeting between the Mount and Virginia Tech. The Hokies edged the Mount by a slim 44-42 margin in the first-ever meeting between the two schools back in 2009 in Blacksburg. In the most recent matchup in 2015, the Hokies came away with a 59-42 victory on their home court. Juliette Lawless is the lone Mount player from this year's squad to play in the 2015 contest vs. Virginia Tech.
>>> The Mount kept things rolling on Thursday night, posting a 65-52 victory at UMBC for the team's fourth straight win. Juliette Lawless registered a team-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while also notching six rebounds and six assists. Rebecca Lee helped pace the Mount, tallying a career-high 14 points on a 7-of-12 mark from the field to go along with seven rebounds. Jatarrikah Settle netted 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists, as she finished just one rebound shy of her second career double-double. Daly Sullivan made four three-pointers for the third straight game, and finished the contest with 14 points.
>>> With a 5-3 record on the year, the Mountaineers are off to their best start to a season through eight games since the 1999-00 campaign. A win over Virginia Tech would give the Mountaineers six wins in their first nine games for the first time since the 1993-94 season, when the Mount finished at 25-4, won the NEC Championship, and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament.
>>> Michaela Harrison was named the NEC Rookie of the Week on Monday, as she collected the award for the second time this season. Harrison averaged 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in wins over Gardner-Webb and UMBC. She recorded her third double-digit scoring performance of the season with 16 points vs. GWU, doing most of her damage from the foul line (9-11), while also adding six rebounds and three assists.
>>> The Mount now owns a perfect 4-0 record with the starting lineup of Juliette Lawless, Daly Sullivan, Michaela Harrison, Jatarrikah Settle, and Rebecca Lee. Head Coach Maria Marchesano employed the new starting unit before the Towson game, and the Mountaineers have averaged 74.5 points per game since.