Mount Women's Basketball Outlasts Bryant in Overtime, 84-79, Behind Brewer's Career Day

Mount Women's Basketball Outlasts Bryant in Overtime, 84-79, Behind Brewer's Career Day

Emmitsburg, Md. (January 25, 2014)-- A school record 15 three-pointers helped the Mount women's basketball team take down Northeast Conference opponent Bryant, 84-79, in overtime on Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena. Jacqueline Brewer exploded for a career-high 27 points to lead five Mount players in double figures. 

The Mount (9-10, 4-3 NEC) saw an 18-point second half lead evaporate as Bryant (10-8, 5-2 NEC) stormed all the way back to force the Mount's second overtime game this month. The Mount outscored the Bulldogs, 11-6, during the overtime session to pick up the team's third win in its last four games. 

The Mountaineers shot 15-of-29 (51.7 percent) from three-point range to best the previous program high of 13 makes, which the Mount tied earlier this season against St. Francis Brooklyn on Jan. 13. 

In addition to Brewer's 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field and 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, Sydney Henderson added 21 points, reaching 20 or more for the ninth time this season. Henderson also picked up six rebounds, becoming the third player in Mount history to reach 1,250 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists, joining Kim Rhock '90 and Margaret Diaz '82.  

Rachel Mathews scored a season-best 13 points, while Kayla Grossett recorded 13 and Ashley Christie added 10, marking the first time the Mount has finished with five players in double figures since Feb. 9, 2008 at Monmouth. 

Bryant, which held a 46-29 rebounding edge, received a game-high 30 points from Jenniqua Bailey to go with a double-double with 18 points and 13 boards from Breanna Rucker.  

An early eight-point lead for Bryant at 11-3 was countered by a 10-2 spurt by the Mount to level the score at 13-13 just over five minutes into the game. Later in the half with Bryant clinging to a 22-20 advantage, the Mount went on a 13-0 run for a 33-22 lead with 4:29 left in the opening half. 

Aided by 21 points off 13 Bryant turnovers in the first 20 minutes, the Mount took a 43-33 halftime lead. For the game, the Mount forced 18 turnovers, leading to 24 points on the other end. 

In the first 2:08 of the second half, Mathews carried the team with the Mount's first nine points as the edge grew to 52-35. The Mount managed 18-point leads on two occasions, the second at 59-41 with 14:06 to play. Over the next 11:30, Bryant ran off a 27-8 stretch to retake the lead at 68-67 with 2:32 to go.

Brewer's three gave the home side a 73-70 lead with 1:12 on the clock, but Bryant's Meredith Soper drained a three with 44 seconds remaining to force overtime with the score knotted up at 73-73.

Henderson and Brewer notched five points apiece in the overtime period to guide the Mount to a home victory, improving the Mount's record at Knott Arena to 7-2 on the season. Tied up at 75-75 on Bailey's layup, Brewer knocked down a pair of free throws with 38 seconds to play to give the Mount the lead for good. The Mount held Bryant to 0-of-2 from the field with one turnover in the closing 30 seconds of overtime. 

For the fifth time this season, the Mount shot better than 50 percent from the field, going 30-of-59 (50.8 percent) in the victory. Bryant finished 32-of-74 (43.2 percent) on field goals. 

The Mount looks for its second win a row with a trip to Central Connecticut State to take on the Blue Devils on Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. 

GAME NOTES: The Mount moves to 6-2 in the all-time series with Bryant... Three of the eight all-time meetings with Bryant have gone to overtime... The Mount improves to 6-3 on the season when Sydney Henderson scores 20 or more points... Jacqueline Brewer tied a career-high with six three-pointers made.