Emmitsburg, Md. (February 3, 2014) – Mount St. Mary's women's basketball coach Bryan Whitten earned his 300th career coaching victory with Monday's 69-55 win over Central Connecticut State at Knott Arena in Northeast Conference action. Junior guard Jenn Carney notched a career-high 30 points to lift the Mountaineers to their third win in four games.
The win for the Mount (11-11, 6-4 NEC) was the 80th for Whitten during his career in Emmitsburg, which began in 2007-08. He had won 220 while coaching at Division III King's from 1993-2005.
Carney, who scored a combined 26 points in nine NEC games leading up to Monday, posted the Mount's highest scoring output of the season, surpassing the 28 put up by Sydney Henderson against American on Dec. 16, 2013. Carney's previous career high was 10 points against Wagner on Feb. 12, 2013, and she became the first Mount player with 30 in a game since Henderson against Rider on Nov. 16, 2012.
The Mount held CCSU (9-11, 3-7 NEC) to just 33.3 percent (17-of-51) from the field, including 6.7 percent (1-of-15) from beyond the arc. As a team, the Mount shot 39.6 percent (21-of-53) and 61.5 percent (8-of-13) on three-pointers.
With just under 10 minutes to play in the first half, the Mount gained a five-point lead on Kaitlyn Eisenhard's layup for a 13-8 advantage. Leading by five later in the half, the Mount did its damage at the foul line with seven-consecutive makes from the free throw line for a 23-11 lead with 6:30 left on the first half clock.
The Blue Devils cut the Mount's lead to 27-22 on a layup with 3:42 before halftime by Jessica Babe, who scored a team-best 19 points to go with eight rebounds for CCSU.
The Mount regained a double-digit advantage with eight of the next 10 points for a 35-24 lead and took a 35-27 edge into the locker room.
The Blue Devils came out firing in the second half and used an 8-0 run to cut the Mount's lead to just four at 41-35 with 15:50 remaining. Five consecutive points from Carney followed by a three-pointer from Kayla Grossett gave the momentum back to the Mount. Grossett finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Mount put the game out of reach with an 11-2 run that spanned nearly three minutes to take a 20-point lead at 64-44 capped by another three from Grossett.
The Mountaineers' offense was aided by a season-high 43 points off the bench and outrebounded the Blue Devils, 39-37. It was the first time the Mount outrebounded an opponent since Jan. 18 versus Wagner.
Henderson, who finished with six points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, recorded her 250th career assist in the game.
The Mount will hit the road for a four-game road stretch beginning with a Feb. 8 game at LIU Brooklyn. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Mount's 6-4 record in NEC play is the best through 10 games in Whitten's tenure… The Mount completes the season sweep of CCSU with Monday's win coupled with a 64-62 victory at CCSU on Jan. 27, 2014… The Mount is 8-3 at home and holds a 21-10 lead over CCSU in the all-time series.