Mount Women's Basketball Travels to Chicago for Preseason WNIT

Mount Women's Basketball Travels to Chicago for Preseason WNIT

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (0-2) vs. IDAHO (0-1)
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, 6 p.m. EST
Chicago, Ill., Gentile Arena


MOUNT ST. MARY'S (0-2) vs. LOYOLA CHICAGO (0-1) and IPFW (0-2)
Saturday, Nov. 16, TBD
Chicago, Ill., Gentile Arena

MOUNT UPDATE: A tough 83-82 loss to Davidson in the home opener on Nov. 12 sent the Mount to 0-2 entering the weekend of action at the Preseason WNIT Consolation Round in Chicago, Ill. The team opens with a Nov. 15 showdown with Idaho before taking on either IPFW or the host Loyola Chicago on Nov. 16.

LAST TIME OUT: The Mount seized an 82-80 lead over Davidson with Sydney Henderson's layup with 41 seconds to play in Tuesday's game at home at Knott Arena.   Davidson countered on the other end with Dakota Dukes securing the game-tying layup with 18 seconds left and Lillian McCabe sinking the game-winning free throw with seven seconds remaining in the game for an 83-83 final score.

PRESEASON WNIT: The Mount is making its second appearance in the event and the first since 2000. Each team in the field is guaranteed at least three games. The Mount opened up the tournament on the road at Saint Joseph's with an 85-57 loss to the Hawks.

1,000 POINT CLUB: Sydney Henderson, who opened the season with back-to-back games with 20 or more points for the first time in her career, is 32 points away from becoming the 26th player in Mount history to join the 1,000 point club.

SHARING THE SCORING LOAD: Through two games, the Mount has had five different players score in double figures. Sydney Henderson and Jessie Kaufman did it twice, while Jody Chickey, Ashley Christie and Kayla Grossett all did it once. 

BRYAN WHITTEN: Head Coach Bryan Whitten is in his seventh season at the Mount. He has compiled a 69-111 record including a 29-32 mark in the last two seasons.

IDAHO: The Mount's first opponent, Idaho, is fresh off a 64-56 road loss to #25 Gonzaga in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. The Vandals returned all five starters from last season's team, which won the Western Athletic Conference Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament to face UConn. Against Gonzaga, Alyssa Charlston paced the Vandals with 15 points and nine rebounds in a loss.

LOYOLA CHICAGO: Coached by one of the top women's basketball players of all time, Sheryl Swoopes is in her first season at the helm for the Ramblers, which advanced to the finals of the Horizon League a season ago. In the 100-54 defeat at the hands of #5 Louisville in the opening action of the Preseason WNIT, Taylor Johnson netted a game-high 18 points to go with four boards.

IPFW: The Mastadons nearly pulled an upset over Indiana in the home opener on Nov. 12 in an 85-80 loss. For the season, which also includes a 69-46 loss to Wichita State in the Preseason WNIT, IPFW is led by reigning Summit League Player of the Year, Amanda Hyde and her  23.0 points per game.

UP NEXT: The Mount travels to Bethlehem, Pa. to face Lehigh at Stabler Arena on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.