Smithfield, R.I. (February 23, 2019) – The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team fell at Bryant, 77-59, on Saturday afternoon in Northeast Conference action from the Chace Athletic Center. Rookie Michaela Harrison led the Mountaineers with a 22-point effort.
Harrison secured her fourth 20-plus point performance of the season as the freshman guard went 9-of-21 from the field and drained 4-of-12 from long range. Harrison also added five rebounds and three assists in the tilt. Juliette Lawless chipped in 17 points, and Jatarrikah Settle registered seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
On Bryant's end, Sydney Holloway recorded a double-double with a game-high 26 points and 11 boards. Holloway posted an efficient shooting day, going 10-of-13 from the floor. Masey Zegarowski (13 pts) and Hannah Scanlan (10) also finished in double-figures.
Bryant (8-17, 6-8 NEC) came out of the gates strong, outscoring Mount St. Mary's (12-13, 6-8 NEC) by a 22-10 margin in the opening quarter. The Bulldogs made 9-of-17 (.529) from the field in the first frame while holding the Mount to a 4-of-17 (.235) clip from the floor.
The Mountaineers picked things up in the second quarter, shooting 41.2 percent in the period, but Bryant maintained its double-digit lead throughout the stanza. The Bulldogs opened their largest lead of the half, 37-22, at the 2:41 mark, and eventually carried a 40-26 advantage into the halftime break.
Bryant tallied seven of the opening nine points in the third quarter to push the advantage to 47-28 with 6:55 on the clock. The Mount answered with its own 8-2 run over the next three minutes, led by three-pointers from Bridget Birkhead and Harrison, but Bryant closed out the quarter with a 9-4 rally to take a 58-40 lead at the end of the third.
The opening bucket of the fourth from Hannah Scanlan gave Bryant its largest lead to that point in the contest, 60-40. The Mountaineers, who went just 6-of-20 (.300) from the field in the fourth, never got back within single-digits of Bryant the rest of the way as the Bulldogs closed out the 77-59 victory.
The Mount shot 31.9 percent overall in the contest compared to a 50.9 percent mark by Bryant. The Bulldogs also went 16-of-26 (.615) from the foul line, while the Mount got to the stripe just 10 times total in the game.
Mount St. Mary's rounds out its road trip at Central Connecticut on Monday, February 25 at 7 p.m.