Chestnut Hill, Mass. (January 1, 2014) – The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team could not sustain the momentum of a strong first half, falling to Boston College by a final score of 81-67 on Wednesday afternoon at Conte Forum in the final non-conference game of the season. Sydney Henderson scored 16 points to lead the Mount, which was tied with BC, 37-37, at halftime.
Despite strong offensive performances from Jacqueline Brewer with 12 points and Jessie Kaufman with 11, the Mount had its three-game winning streak snapped and concludes non-conference play with a 5-7 record. Brewer also added a season-high seven rebounds in the loss.
Boston College (9-5) outscored the Mount, 44-30, in the second half to pull away. Four Eagles scored in double-figures led by a double-double from Katie Zenevitch with 29 points and 16 rebounds. Nicole Boudreau also chipped in with 17 points.
The Mountaineers opened the game on fire with makes on their first six three-point attempts, finishing 7-of-10 from distance in the first half.
A steal at half court by Ashley Christie led to a breakaway layup for an early 11-9 lead four minutes into the game.
Henderson, who scored all 16 of her points in the first half, connected on her first three attempts from behind the three-point arc, extending the Mount's advantage to 20-13 with 12:25 to play in the opening half.
Twice the Mount had leads of 13 points. The first was on a pair of Christie free throws with 5:55 on the first half clock, and the second was with 5:15 left in the first half on Kaitlyn Eisenhard's layup for a 34-21 lead.
In the final five minutes of the first half, however, Boston College went on a 16-3 run and evened the score at 37-37 heading into halftime. Mount guard Jody Chickey registered four first-half assists to help the offense.
During the second half, the Eagles found their shooting touch, going 14-of-28 (50.0 percent) from the field as a team in the final 20 minutes.
BC scored seven of the first eight points out of the break for a 44-38 lead just 2:25 into the second half. The Mount's deficit grew to nine points with 10:33 to play with Boston College in front, 57-48. The Mountaineers scored the next five points, cutting BC's lead to 57-54 with 9:37 to go.
With 6:23 to play, the Eagles took their first double-digit lead at 67-57 when Nicole Boudreau was fouled on a three-point attempt and made all three free throws. The Mount continued to trail by double figures the rest of the way, eventually falling by a 14-point margin.
The Mount begins Northeast Conference play on Saturday, Jan. 4, in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. versus St. Francis Brooklyn.
NOTES: The Mount is 1-1 on New Year's Day games in school history… Mount guard Sydney Henderson played all 40 minutes for the third time this season… Wednesday's game was the first all-time meeting between the Mount and Boston College… The Mount falls to 1-22 against teams currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference.