Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. (January 4, 2014) – Despite Sydney Henderson's fourth career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team fell to St. Francis Brooklyn, 52-47, on Saturday at the Pope Physical Education Center in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams.
The Mount (5-8, 0-1 NEC) held a 23-19 halftime lead, but the Terriers (10-2, 1-0 NEC) outscored the visitors, 33-24, in the final 20 minutes to hand the Mount its second-consecutive loss. The defeat snaps a 10-game winning streak for the Mount versus St. Francis Brooklyn.
For Henderson, it was her first double-double since putting up 27 points and 10 rebounds in an upset win over Seton Hall on Dec. 16, 2012. She is the second Mount player with a double-double this season, joining Kayla Grossett, who registered 10 points and 11 rebounds against UMES.
Eilidh Simpson netted a team-best 15 points on the day for St. Francis, while Jaymee Veney scored 14 to help the Terriers win their sixth game in a row.
Both teams got off to slow starts on the offensive end with the Mount holding the Terriers to 0-of-5 from the field in the first five minutes. The Mount scored the first five points on the afternoon, keeping St. Francis off the scoreboard for the opening 6:48 of the game.
Later in the half, the Terriers cut their deficit to 16-15 on a pair of Sarah Benedetti free throws with 4:03 on the clock. From there, the Mount went on a 7-0 run sparked by a three-pointer and jumper from Grossett on consecutive possessions for a 23-15 lead with 1:36 on the first half clock.
Henderson finished with nine rebounds in the opening 20 minutes, helping the Mount outrebound St. Francis, 20-12 in the first half. For the game, the Mount grabbed 35 rebounds to St. Francis' 33.
In the second half, two baskets in a row from Ashley Christie put the Mount up five before Henderson's left corner three-pointer gave the Mountaineers a 34-26 advantage with 13:22 to play. Christie finished with 13 points.
A 13-0 run by St. Francis turned an eight-point deficit into a five-point lead at 39-34 with 8:13 left in the game. The Terriers' lead was short-lived, however, with the Mount taking a 40-39 lead on threes by Henderson and Christie.
A pair of Simpson free throws at the 4:05 mark put the Terriers in front, 41-40, a lead the home side would not relinquish the rest of the way. St. Francis went 7-of-7 from the free throw line in the final two minutes of the game to seal the win.
The Mount shot 16-of-49 (32.7 percent) on field goals, while holding the Terriers to 14-of-44 (31.8 percent).
The Mount returns to Knott Arena to take on LIU Brooklyn on Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Junior Jacqueline Brewer earned her second start of the season, while senior Kayla Grossett started for the third time this season…. The Mount's all-time record vs. St. Francis Brooklyn is now 46-3… The Mount falls to 1-6 in road games this season.