Emmitsburg, Md. (January 6, 2014) – Jacqueline Brewer's three-pointer with 8.8 seconds left in Monday night's Northeast Conference tilt versus LIU Brooklyn proved to be the game-winner for the Mount women's basketball team in a thrilling 63-62 win at Knott Arena. The Mount rallied from a six-point deficit with 1:52 left in the game to earn the victory.
Brewer scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting to go with a team-best 14 points from Sydney Henderson and 12 from Ashley Christie for the Mount (6-8, 1-1 NEC). LIU Brooklyn (2-11, 0-2 NEC) picked up a game-high 21 points from Cleandra Roberts and 12 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the free-throw line from Letava Whippy.
After the visiting Blackbirds' advantage grew to 61-55 with 1:52 to go on Fanny Cavallo's layup, Christie answered with a steal and layup of her own on the other end for a four-point Mount deficit. The Mountaineers forced a turnover on LIU's next possession and after a missed three-point attempt, Christie corralled the offensive rebound and found Brewer for a three-pointer with 27 seconds on the clock, cutting LIU's lead to 61-60.
With the Blackbirds attempting to run out the clock, the Mount fouled Whippy, who made one of two free throws for a 62-60 advantage with 17 seconds left. Christie dribbled the ball up the court and handed off to Henderson, who found Brewer on the left side. Brewer took one dribble to her left and drained a three pointer for the 63-62 lead with 8.8 on the clock.
LIU's Roberts' layup attempt caromed off the rim and out as time expired.
In front at 5-4 with 2:30 gone in the first half, the Mount scored 10 of the next 13 points for its largest lead of the game at 15-7 with 12:59 to go before halftime. LIU chipped away at the Mount's advantage and took a five-point lead at 31-26. Closing the half on a 6-0 run in the final 1:15, the Mount was able to take a 32-31 halftime lead.
The Blackbirds took a 36-35 advantage with 17:26 to play, a lead LIU would hold onto until Brewer's three-pointer in the closing seconds. LIU was able to take advantage of mistakes by the Mount, turning the Mountaineers over 10 times leading to 14 points off turnovers in the second half.
The advantage for LIU reached eight points with the score at 55-47 with 6:40 remaining. The rest of the way, the Mount held the Blackbirds to just two field goals to secure its first conference victory of the season.
Brewer and Henderson recorded eight points apiece in the final 20 minutes, accounting for 16 of the Mount's 31 second-half points.
The Mount led 17-14 on points off the bench and held a 9-0 advantage on second chance points. With 23 makes on 55 attempts, the Mount finished 41.8 percent on field goals. The Mountaineers recorded 30 rebounds to LIU's 31, improving to 2-6 when being outrebounded this season.
The Mount continues its four-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 11, versus Sacred Heart at 4:30 p.m.
NOTE: The Mount improves to 30-17 in the all-time series with LIU Brooklyn.