Chicago (November 16, 2013) – Senior guard Sydney Henderson became the 26th player to score 1,000 career points in the storied history of the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball program in the Mount's 86-77 win on Saturday against IPFW in the Consolation Round of the Preseason WNIT at Loyola Chicago. The win is the first on the season for the Mount and the first in the Preseason WNIT in school history.
Henderson, who scored a team-high 25 on the night for the Mount (1-3), is the fourth player coached by Bryan Whitten to score 1,000 points for the Mount, joining Tiffany Green, Brianna Gauthier and Mary Dunn.
She is also the first 1,000 point scorer since Dunn, who accomplished the feat on Jan. 10, 2011, and the 20th player to reach the 1,000 point mark since the Mount joined Division I in 1988-89.
Henderson, who has netted at least 20 points in all four games this season, reached 1,000 career points on a pair of free throws with 8:18 to play in the first half.
With the game still in the balance and the Mount clinging to a 70-68 lead with 4:44 to go, the Mountaineers outscored IPFW (0-4) 16-9 down the stretch to pull away. Amanda Hyde led the Mastadons with 19 points on the night.
Senior Jessie Kaufman finished as the Mount's second-leading scorer with 13 points and a team-best nine rebounds. Senior Kayla Grossett and junior Jacqueline Brewer also chipped in with 12 points apiece.
Both teams shot well from the field in the first half with the Mount going 15-of-31 (48.4 percent) and IPFW shooting 13-of-27 (48.1 percent) in the opening 20 minutes. In the back-and-forth first half, both teams led by as many as six points before the Mount took a 40-36 lead going into the locker rooms.
The Mount was able to keep the Mastadons at bay until IPFW pulled even at 50-50 with 12:21 remaining in the game. Just over four minutes later, IPFW took its final lead of the game with the score at 61-59 with 8:04 left.
The Mount quickly regained the lead and in the final two minutes of the game, Kaufman drained three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to put the game away with 1:06 on the clock and the Mount in front 82-74.
The Mount shot 50 percent from the field on 30-of-60 shooting and outrebounded IPFW by a 36-29 margin. The Mountaineers also finished with their most efficient three-point shooting night of the season with 9-of-21 shooting for a 42.9 percent clip.
The 14 assists by the Mount are tied for the most by the team on the season with senior Ashley Christie leading the way with four.
Next up, the Mount heads to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on Lehigh at 7 p.m.