MOUNT ST. MARY'S (0-0) at SAINT JOSEPH'S (0-0)
Friday, November 8, 2013, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia, Pa., Hagan Arena | Preseason WNIT Round 1
NEW SEASON: Mount St. Mary's begins the seventh year under the guidance of Bryan Whitten and the 40th season in program history with a Preseason WNIT game at Saint Joseph's on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. The Mount, which is competing in the Preseason WNIT for the second time in school history, is coming off a 15-16 season and its first trip to the Northeast Conference Semifinals since 2000-01.
THE TEAM: The Mount returns four of its top five scorers from last year including scoring leaders Sydney Henderson (13.3 ppg) and Jacqueline Brewer (10.0 ppg). Among the 13 letterwinners from a season ago, the Mount welcomes back 10 of them.
PRESEASON ACCOLADES: The Mount was selected to finish third in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll with one first-place vote. Robert Morris took five top votes to finish atop the poll, while Sacred Heart was picked second with three first-place votes. The third-place pick is the Mount's top spot in the NEC Preseason Coaches Poll in Whitten's seven-year tenure. Sydney Henderson was also selected to the NEC Preseason All-Conference team, becoming the first Mountaineer to earn the accolade since Tiffany Green in 2005.
SEASON OPENERS: In six season openers under Bryan Whitten, the Mount has compiled a 2-4 record. Last season, the Mount fell to Maryland on opening day by an 88-47 final. The Mount's last win in a season opener was a 55-51 home win over Canisius on Nov. 14, 2009. The Mount is 21-18 in season openers in school history and 10-15 since moving to Division I in 1988-89.
SERIES VS. SAINT JOSEPH'S: The last time the Mount squared off with Saint Joseph's was Jan. 8, 1981 when Fred Carter was coaching the Mount. At the time, the Mount was a member of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women before joining the NCAA before the start of the 1981-82 season. The all-time series with the Hawks is tied at 2-2.
ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH'S: The Hawks earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament in 2012-13 for the 12th time in program history and are preseason No. 2 in the Atlantic 10. The reigning A-10 Champions return five of their top seven scorers from a year ago led by Erin Shields and her 11.6 points per game and Natasha Cloud, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the A-10 Championship. Now in her 13th season at her alma mater, Cindy Griffin has guided the Hawks to eight WNIT berths and one trip to the NCAA Tournament.
UP NEXT: A win over Saint Joseph's would advance the Mount to face the winner of LSU and Stephen F. Austin on Sunday, Nov. 10. A loss, however, would mean the Mount heads to consolation rounds scheduled for Nov. 15-16.