Emmitsburg, Md. (December 21, 2013) – A career-high 22 points from Ashley Christie to go with Kayla Grossett's first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds helped the Mount women's basketball team roll past UMES, 85-61, at Knott Arena on Saturday. The win gave the Mount its first three-game winning streak of the season and improves its home record to 3-1.
The Mount (5-6) had its second-highest offensive output on the season with 85 points thanks to 51.8 percent shooting, going 29-of-56 from the field. In addition to big games from Christie and Grossett, Sydney Henderson netted 20 points for the seventh time this season to help the offense. The senior connected on 8-of-15 shots and grabbed eight rebounds.
Three UMES (3-8) players scored in double-figures led by 17 points from Shawnee Sweeney. The Hawks took the early advantage and had its biggest lead of the game of three points at 8-5 with 15:07 to go in the first half. The Mountaineers took the lead 56 seconds later and led the rest of the way to cruise to the 24-point victory.
Holding a 12-10 lead with 12:16 to go before halftime, the Mount used an 18-1 run over the next seven minutes to seize a 30-11 advantage en route to a 40-20 lead heading into the locker room.
The Mount scored the first three buckets of the second half to take its largest lead of the game at 46-20. UMES was able to trim the Mount's advantage down to 14 points at 49-35 with 13:30 left before the Mount scored three-consecutive baskets to retake control of the game.
The Mount maintained its lead throughout the final 13 minutes with 20 second-half rebounds to finish with a 45-39 rebounding edge. The Mountaineers improved to 4-1 when outrebounding its opponent this season.
The bench continued to contribute on the offensive end for the Mountaineers with a season-high 36 points off the bench. Good ball movement also helped the Mount come away with the easy victory with a season-best 20 assists on 29 makes. Henderson and Grossett both recorded four assists to facilitate the offense.
The Mount concludes non-conference action when it takes on Boston College on the road on Jan. 1, 2014 at 1 p.m.
NOTES: The Mount improves its all-time record versus UMES to 12-0… With 20 points on the afternoon, Sydney Henderson passed assistant coach Brianna Gauthier for 19th on the Mount's all-time scoring list with 1,136 points… The win gives the Mount five non-conference victories on the season, marking the second time the Mount has won five non-conference games since Bryan Whitten took over in 2007-08.