Emmitsburg, Md. (November 12, 2013) -- Despite a team-high 22 points from Sydney Henderson, the Mount women's basketball team suffered an 83-82 loss to Davidson at Knott Arena in Tuesday's home opener. Henderson led four Mount players in double figures.
The Mount (0-2) took an 82-80 lead with 41 seconds remaining on Henderson's layup. Davidson (2-0) countered on the other end when Dakota Dukes secured the game-tying layup with 18 seconds to play. After the Mount missed the go-ahead shot with nine seconds on the clock, Davidson's Lillian McCabe grabbed the rebound, was fouled and sank one of two free throws with seven seconds remaining to give Davidson the 83-82 road victory.
The Mountaineers' offense featured hot shooting with a team clip of 52.5 percent on the night on 32-of-61 shooting. Henderson's 22 points came on 10-of-17 shooting, while senior Kayla Grossett added 12 points off the bench. Two other seniors, Ashley Christie and Jessie Kaufman, helped the offense with 10 points apiece for the Mount.
The Wildcats turned in a strong shooting performance of their own with 29-of-60 shooting from the field for a 48.3 percent mark. Hannah Early racked up 17 of her team-high 22 points in the second half for Davidson, which also finished with four players in double figure scoring. Laura Murray had 20 points to go with her six assists and Shneeka Center added 13 points. The game's top rebounder with 10, Dukes recorded a double-double with 12 points.
On the glass, the Mount was plus nine with 38 rebounds to Davidson's 29. Rachel Mathews made the most of her first start of the season with eight points and a team-best nine rebounds for the Mount.
Davidson had the better of the play in the early going with a nine-point lead at 19-10 with 10:40 to play in the opening half. Over the next few minutes, the Mount chipped away and trimmed the deficit to just one at 22-21 on one of Henderson's two three-pointers on the night with 7:51 to go before the half.
The Wildcats' lead ballooned back up to nine thanks to frequent trips to the free throw line and 10 makes from the charity stripe over the next five minutes to put Davidson's lead at 38-29.
The Mount ended the half on a 13-4 run, however, to pull even with the Wildcats going into halftime.
In the second half, the action went back-and-forth with seven ties and eight lead changes over the final 20 minutes. The Mount led by as many as six points on three occasions, the last on Kaufman's jumper with 10:34 to play, but was not able to hold on down the stretch.
Three-pointers on consecutive possessions by Christie gave the Mount a slight 80-78 advantage with 2:01 remaining before Dukes sank two free throws to tie the score at 80-80. The rest of the game played out with Henderson's layup followed by three consecutive points by Davidson to sneak away with the win.
Next on the schedule, the Mount heads to Chicago, Ill. for the consolation round of the Preseason WNIT. The Mount takes on Idaho on Friday, Nov. 15, before facing either Loyola Chicago or IPFW the next day.