Second-Half Comeback Falls Short in Mount Women’s Basketball’s 84-78 Loss to Sacred Heart

Second-Half Comeback Falls Short in Mount Women’s Basketball’s 84-78 Loss to Sacred Heart

Emmitsburg, Md. (January 11, 2014) -- Jacqueline Brewer's first career double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds was not enough in the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team's 84-78 loss to Northeast Conference opponent Sacred Heart at Knott Arena on Saturday. The 21 points were a season high for the junior guard, while the 12 rebounds were a career high and the most by a Mount player this season.  

The Mountaineers (6-9, 1-2 NEC) trailed by 13 points with 10:07 to play before a spirited comeback trimmed the lead for Sacred Heart (6-8, 3-0 NEC) down to just one at 73-72 with 3:02 on the clock. The Pioneers scored five points over the next 47 seconds for a 78-72 lead.

In the final 48 seconds of the game, Katie Shephard hit two free throws, and Hannah Kimmell went 4-of-4 from the line for Sacred Heart.

Reigning NEC Player of the Week, Gabrielle Washington, netted a game-high 28 points for SHU, while Shephard added 18 points and Kimmel picked up a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Mount finished with four players in double-figures for the second time this season. Brewer's 21 went with Sydney Henderson's 16 points to lead the offense. Kayla Grossett registered a season-best 13 points, and Jessie Kaufman notched 10 off the bench.

The Mountaineers quickly grabbed a 5-0 lead out of the gate behind a layup and three-pointer by Brewer in the early going. The Pioneers responded with 16 of the next 20 points for a 16-9 advantage with just under 13 minutes to play in the first half behind seven points from Washington.

The Pioneer lead ballooned to 12 points at the 8:02 mark on back-to-back layups by Johanna Lopez.

The Mount looked like it was heading the right direction when Brewer converted a three-point play on a layup and free throw for a 33-25 deficit with just under one minute to go before halftime. Washington's steal and three-pointer with 38 seconds on the first half clock swung the momentum back to the Pioneers right before halftime, however.

Brewer scored 16 points and had nine rebounds in the first half for the Mount, which trailed Sacred Heart, 36-26, going into the locker rooms.

The Mount scored 11 of the first 15 second-half points, highlighted by three Rachel Mathews layups, cutting into the Pioneers' lead at 40-37 3:43 into the second half. A 6-0 run by Sacred Heart stretched the lead back up to nine points at 46-37.

After Kaufman's three made it 46-42 in favor of the visitors, SHU used an 11-3 run over a two-minute stretch to regain control of the game. The Mount would get to within one point of the Pioneers, but never retook the lead the rest of the way.

The Mount outscored SHU, 52-48, in the final 20 minutes and had 12 points off seven Pioneer turnovers in the second half.

With 40 rebounds to Sacred Heart's 36, the Mount outrebounded its second conference opponent in three games, but fell to 4-3 when grabbing more rebounds than its opponent this season.

Shephard recorded nine assists to lead the Pioneers, while Grossett put together a solid overall night with 13 points, five rebounds and a team-high five assists.

The Mountaineers look to get back on track when they return to Knott Arena to face St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. 

GAME NOTES: The Mount falls to 4-24 versus Sacred Heart in the all-time series… Jacqueline Brewer is the third Mount player with a double-double this season joining Kayla Grossett (Dec. 21 vs. UMES) and Sydney Henderson (Jan. 4 vs. St. Francis Brooklyn).