Mount Women's Basketball Opens NEC Play Saturday at St. Francis Brooklyn

Mount Women's Basketball Opens NEC Play Saturday at St. Francis Brooklyn

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-7, 0-0 NEC) at ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN (9-2, 0-0 NEC)
Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, 2 p.m.
Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. | Pope Physical Education Center 


MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount, which won three of its final four non-conference games, opens the Northeast Conference schedule on the road against St. Francis Brooklyn on Jan. 4. Senior Sydney Henderson ranks second among the elite scorers in the conference with 18.9 points per game, while Kayla Grossett leads the Mountaineers with 5.2 rebounds per game.

LAST TIME OUT: Despite leading by 13 points with just over five minutes left in the first half, the Mount lost at Boston College, 81-67, on New Year's Day. The Eagles closed the half on a 16-3 run to even the score at 37-37 at halftime before pulling away in the second half. Sydney Henderson led the Mount with 16 points (all in the first half), while Jacqueline Brewer added 12 points, and Jessie Kaufman chipped in with 11.

ABOUT ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN: Selected sixth in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, St. Francis Brooklyn navigated through the non-conference portion of its schedule with an NEC-best 9-2 record. Winners of five in a row, the Terriers feature three players in double figures led by Eilidh Simpson's 13.2 points per game. St. Francis is 5-0 at home this season.

LAST SEASON VS. ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN: The Mount won both games against St. Francis Brooklyn last season by a combined five points, extending its winning streak in the series to 10 games. Jessie Kaufman scored 17 points in a 49-45 road win on Jan. 14, 2013, before Jacqueline Brewer netted a team-best 15 in a 49-48 home win on Feb. 23.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN: The Mount has dominated the series with St. Francis Brooklyn, winning 46 of the 48 all-time meetings. In the series, which began in 1990, the Mount has won 10 in a row.

TAKE THE SHOW ON THE ROAD: The Mount is 1-5 in true road games this season and 2-6 in games away from Knott Arena, including neutral site competition. During non-conference play, the Mount took down IPFW on a neutral court and beat American on the road.

GETTING BOARDS: The Mount has outrebounded five of its opponents this season and is 4-1 in those games. In the Mount's win against American, it was the squad's first victory when being outrebounded this season. The Mount grabbed 24 boards to American's 42.

UP NEXT: The Mount returns to Knott Arena to face LIU Brooklyn on Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m.