Hackensack, N.J. (March 2, 2013) -- Sydney Henderson's team-high 14 points and six rebounds propelled the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team to a 70-62 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson in Northeast Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Stratis Arena.
With Saturday's victory, another win in the regular season finale on the road at Monmouth on Monday, March 4th, would guarantee the Mount a home game in the NEC Quarterfinals on Sunday, March 10th.
Clinging to a 56-54 lead with just under eight minutes to go on Saturday, the Mount (14-14, 10-7 NEC) outscored the Knights (11-17, 6-11 NEC) 14-8 the rest of the way to come away with the eight-point victory. Six of Henderson's 14 points came in the last eight minutes.
Holding an early 9-8 lead five minutes into the game, the Mount went on a 12-0 run to grab the biggest lead for either side of 13 points capped by a Henderson layup for a 21-8 lead with 10:02 to go in the opening half.
FDU was able to put together a comeback by going on a 24-11 run over the next eight minutes leveling the score at 32-32 with two minutes left before half.
With the scored tied at 34-34, the Mount scored the last four points to take a 38-34 lead heading into halftime.
The score remained close throughout the second half with the Mountaineers leading from start-to-finish for the win. The Knights would get to within two points of the Mount on four occasions in the final 20 minutes, but was never able to tie the game or take the lead.
The lead for Mount St. Mary's grew to seven points four minutes into the second half on Jessie Kaufman's three-pointer for a 48-41 edge. When FDU trimmed the lead to just two at 56-64, the Mount answered with a jumper from Kayla Grossett and a Henderson layup.
In the final 3:45 of the contest, the Mount was a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line to stretch its lead to eight and ice the game.
The Mount shot 25-of-52 (48.1 percent) from the field, including 7-20 (35 percent) from deep. FDU was 21-of-52 (40.4 percent) on the day and 5-12 (41.7 percent) from distance.
The Mountaineers forced the Knights into 18 turnovers, while committing just nine and held a 26-22 advantage on points in the paint. The Mount used a balanced attack with Henderson's 14 points to go with 10 from Ashley Christie and eight apiece from Grossett, Jacqueline Brewer, Tara Lonergan and Rachel Mathews.
FDU was led by Erika Livermore's 15 points and 16 rebounds.
The Mount will wrap up the regular season on Monday, March 4th, at 7:00 p.m. on the road at Monmouth in West Long Branch, N.J.