Mountaineers Close Out Non-Conference Slate Wednesday vs. Radford

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-5) vs. RADFORD (6-4)
Wednesday, January 2 | 7:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Maryland | Knott Arena

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>>> The Mountaineers are set for their final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday, January 2, as they welcome in Radford to Knott Arena for a 7 p.m. tip.
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Wednesday night's matchup marks the 10th all-time meeting between the Mount and Radford, and will be the first contest between the two teams since 2009. The Mount owns a 7-2 advantage in the series with the Highlanders, including a 2-2 mark at Knott Arena. Mount St. Mary's has won each of the last two meetings, posting a 53-49 victory in Emmitsburg back in 2008, and a 52-49 win on Radford's home court in 2009.
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Following a four-game win streak spanning late November through the early part of December, Mount St. Mary's has now dropped its last two contests to Virginia Tech and Maryland Eastern Shore to even its record to 5-5 on the season. Last time out, Maryland Eastern Shore put together an 11-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Mount and come away with an 86-73 victory at Knott Arena. Juliette Lawless led the Mountaineers with 22 points in the contest, which was her fourth 20-plus point effort in the last five games. The senior also contributed a team-high six rebounds and four assists. Bridget Birkhead continued her hot shooting, going 5-of-8 from long range to set new career highs in points (15) and three-pointers (5). Daly Sullivan also found her stroke from deep, draining 4-of- 9 from three-point range for 16 points.
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Mount St. Mary's is one of just two teams in the NEC, along with Sacred Heart, with four players averag­ing double-figure points this season (Juliette Lawless, Daly Sullivan, Michaela Harrison, and Jatarrikah Settle). All four rank among the top-17 in the NEC in scoring. Lawless (17.7 ppg) leads the bunch and ranks fourth in the league, Sullivan (11.7) places ninth in the conference, and Harrison (10.6) and Settle (10.0) rank 13th and 17th, respectively.
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Lawless has now tallied 20-plus points in four of the last five games. The senior is averaging 22.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game during the stretch. Lawless started the streak with a career-high 29 points at Loyola, and followed it up with a 20-point effort at Gardner Webb. After scoring 17 at UMBC, Lawless dropped 24 at Virginia Tech on Sunday behind a career-high 10 field goals, and scored 22 last time out vs. Maryland Eastern Shore.
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Following the tilt with Radford, the Mount embarks on a road swing to open Northeast Conference play against the two teams that squared off in last season's conference championship game (Robert Morris and Saint Francis U).