Mount Women’s Basketball Sees Comeback Fall Short in 63-55 Loss at Navy

Mount Women’s Basketball Sees Comeback Fall Short in 63-55 Loss at Navy

Annapolis, Md. (December 3, 2013) -- The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team stormed back from a nine-point second-half deficit to pull even with Navy, but ran out of steam down the stretch in a 63-55 road loss at Alumni Hall on Tuesday night. Seniors Ashley Christie, Sydney Henderson and Jessie Kaufman scored 11 points apiece for the Mount in the loss. 

The Mount (2-6) could not overcome the strong shooting of Navy (7-2), which shot 50.0 percent (14-of-28) from the field in the second half. The Midshipmen were led by 19 points from Alix Membreno and Kara Pollinger's double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. 

Navy built its lead up to as many as nine points at 50-41 with 8:29 left in the game. The Mount showed its resilience, however, battling back with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 50-50 with 5:47 to go. The run, which began with Kayla Grossett's jumper, was capped by Kaufman's three-pointer off one of Christie's five steals on the night. 

Later with the score knotted at 52-52, Navy went on a 9-0 run of its own to put the game out of reach at 61-52 before finishing with the 63-55 win. 

The Mount fell behind, 8-4, early in the game before tying score at 10-10 on Kaufman's three-pointer with 12:54 on the first-half clock. The Mountaineers took their first lead of the game at 12-10 on Kaufman's reverse layup off a beautiful feed from Jody Chickey with just under 10 minutes left in the first half. 

After back-and-forth action the rest of the half, Kaufman's three-pointer gave the Mount a 23-21 advantage with 1:41 to go. Navy answered on the other end on the next possession, however, giving the Mids a 24-23 lead going into halftime.

There were four ties and four lead changes in the first 20 minutes of action. 

Navy came out of the gate strong in the second half with a 9-2 stretch for a 33-26 advantage with 15:38 to play.  

The Mount began to chip away and trailed by just three at 42-39 on layups on consecutive possession from Jacqueline Brewer and Henderson. After Navy built its lead back up, the Mount went on its 9-0 run to pull even at 50-50 but could not take the lead to complete the comeback. 

On the boards, the Mount picked up 12 offensive rebounds on the night, but was outrebounded 40-36. Kaufman paced the Mount with eight rebounds. 

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Mount returns to Knott Arena to take on Loyola Maryland at 4:30 p.m. 

NOTES: The Mount's all-time record versus Navy is now 19-9.