Chicago (November 15, 2013) -- The Mount women's basketball team fell by an 81-63 margin on Friday night to defending Western Athletic Conference champion Idaho in the consolation round of the Preseason WNIT on the campus of Loyola Chicago.
The Mount (0-3) was led on offense by Sydney Henderson, who finished with 20 points to record her third-consecutive game with at least 20 points. Henderson, now 12 points away from 1,000 for her career, also led the Mount with nine rebounds and five assists on the night. Jacqueline Brewer did her part with a season-high 17 points, including 11 in the first half.
Idaho (1-1) held a 37-27 halftime lead and was able to extend it throughout the final 20 minutes for the 18-point win. Alyssa Charlston picked up a double-double with game-highs of 23 points and 11 boards for the Vandals, which finished with a 43-33 advantage on the glass. Connie Ballestero recorded 17 points and eight assists for the Vandals.
The Mount got off to a slow start as the Vandals jumped out to a 20-10 advantage 10 minutes into the first half.
Over the next seven minutes, Idaho was able to grow its lead to 35-18 with three minutes to go before halftime. In the final three minutes of the first half, the Mountaineers fought back with a 9-2 run sparked by five points from Brewer to trail by just 10 at 37-27 at the half.
Henderson's three-pointer 1:55 into the second half cut the Vandals' lead down to seven points at 40-33, but the Mount could not keep the momentum going to pull even.
A 16-4 stretch over the following 3:30 by Idaho helped the Vandals pull away from the Mount with a 56-37 lead. The closest the Mount would get the rest of the way was 14 points away with a three from Henderson followed by a Brewer jumper with 3:13 left to put the score at 74-60 in favor of Idaho.
For the game, the Mount's bench outscored Idaho's bench, 27-19, and Idaho led 26-14 on points in the paint and 16-10 on points off turnovers.
The 10 three-pointers made were the most in a game this season by the Mount, which shot 21-of-59 (35.6 percent) from the field and 10-of-34 (35.6 percent) from distance. Idaho connected on 29-of-62 shots (46.8 percent) and 13-of-35 (37.1 percent) on three-pointers.
Tomorrow night, the Mount takes on the loser of Loyola Chicago and IPFW, which square off in the second game of the doubleheader at Loyola Chicago.
NOTES: Friday night's game was the first-ever meeting between Mount St. Mary's and Idaho... Sydney Henderson has 988 career points and is 12 away from becoming the 26th player in Mount history to reach 1,000 career points... For the third-consecutive game, Sydney Henderson scored at least 20 points.