Comeback Falls Short as Mount Women’s Basketball Drops 67-60 Decision to Robert Morris

Comeback Falls Short as Mount Women’s Basketball Drops 67-60 Decision to Robert Morris

Emmitsburg, Md. (February 1, 2014) – Sydney Henderson led all scorers with 25 points, but a second-half comeback fell short as Northeast Conference leader Robert Morris handed the Mount women's basketball team a 67-60 loss at Knott Arena on Saturday evening as part of the Mount's Winter Homecoming celebration.

The Mount (10-11, 5-4 NEC) trailed the Colonials (12-8, 8-1 NEC) by 19 points with 10:08 left in the second half, but trailed by just four at 64-60 with 55 seconds to play. Robert Morris held the Mount off the board the rest of the way to escape with the seven-point victory.

Henderson, who posted her 10th game this season with 20 or more points, finished 10-of-18 from the field, while leading the Mount with seven rebounds. Jessie Kaufman added 11 points off the bench for the Mount and led the defense with two blocks.

RMU's Artemis Spanou posted a double-double with 13 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and seven assists, while Cassie Oursler converted 12-of-14 free throws and paced the Colonials with 16 points.

Down 10-2 in the first six minutes of the contest, the Mount scored the next eight points to pull even on Kaufman's three pointer with 12:20 on the clock. Jenn Carney started the run with a three-pointer of her own.

Plagued by 12 first-half turnovers, the Mountaineers found themselves down by 12 at 28-16 with 4:33 to go before halftime. For the game, the Mount forced 18 turnovers, but committed 21 turnovers leading to 20 Robert Morris points on the other end.

The Colonials extended their advantage to 32-18 with just over a minute left in the first half before the Mount scored four points in the final 27 seconds for a 32-22 halftime deficit.

RMU's Ashley Ravelli notched back-to-back three-pointers early in the second half for a 39-24 Colonials lead.  The Mount trailed by double-digits as the Colonials used seven-consecutive points from Oursler for a 49-30 lead.

With five minutes left, the Mount was still down by 10 with the score at 53-43, before trimming the deficit to just four in the final minute. Henderson scored 14 of her 25 points in the second half as the Mount outscored RMU in the paint, 18-14, in the second half and 26-24 for the game.

Robert Morris held the advantage on the glass with 40 rebounds to the Mount's 34. The Colonials' 15 offensive rebounds led to 19 second-chance points.

The Mount plays at home on Monday, Feb. 3, against Central Connecticut State at 7 p.m. The game can be viewed live on ESPN3.

GAME NOTES: The Mount falls to 7-3 at home this season… The Mount leads the all-time series with RMU, 33-18.