Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. (March 4, 2019) – The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team fell at St. Francis Brooklyn by a 69-65 margin on Monday night. The loss evened the Mountaineers' overall record to 14-14 on the year and 8-9 in conference play, as they now sit in a three-way tie for fifth place in the league standings heading into the final game of the regular season.
Juliette Lawless paced the Mount with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting and a 7-of-8 mark at the line. Taylor Addison provided one of her best performances of the season, finishing with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting to go along with eight rebounds off the bench. Michaela Harrison hit a pair of three-pointers and finished with 10 points, and is now two three-pointers shy of tying the Mount's program record for most threes in a single season (79).
The Mountaineers trailed by 10 with three and a half minutes left in the tilt, but fought back with seven straight points to make it a one-possession game, 64-61, at the 1:50 mark.
With just 30 seconds remaining and the Terriers still leading by three, Amy O'Neill misfired on a three-pointer from the wing, but Ally Lassen picked up a big offensive rebound for St. Francis and the Mount was forced to foul. Jade Johnson was sent to the line, where she made both free throws to push the lead to 68-63.
The Mountaineers weren't able to convert from three-point territory on the next possession, and Lassen came down with another big board for the Terriers. Lassen hit 1-of-2 at the line with nine seconds left to ice the St. Francis victory.
St. Francis had four players finish in double-figures, led by 18 points and eight rebounds from Ebony Horton. O'Neill nearly reached triple-double territory with 10 points, nine assists and eight boards. Lassen recorded 15 points and nine rebounds, and Johnson finished with 12 points.
The Mount trailed by just one midway through the first quarter before a big 13-2 run for St. Francis extended the Terriers lead to 23-11 with 2:10 left in the frame. The Mountaineers were able to close the gap by finishing out the period with seven of the final eight points. With one second remaining in the quarter, Jatarrikah Settle heaved a perfect in-bounds pass to Harrison in the offensive end, and Harrison beat the buzzer with a long three to bring the Mount back within eight.
The Terriers padded their lead to 12 early in the second quarter, but the Mount answered with seven straight, including a pair of buckets by Addison, to trim the deficit to 33-28 with 4:46 on the clock. The teams traded baskets in the final four-plus minutes of the half, and St. Francis carried a 39-35 advantage into the break.
The Mount shot 43.8 percent in the first half compared to a 51.7 percent mark from the Terriers. Both teams made a trio of three-pointers in the half, and the rebounding battle was even at 17 apiece.
Mount St. Mary's closes out the regular season this Thursday (March 7) at home against Sacred Heart. Opening tip from Knott Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.