Brooklyn, N.Y. (February 8, 2014) – Three Mount St. Mary's players scored in double figures, including a team-high 17 points from Jessie Kaufman, to pace the Mountaineers in a 69-60 road win over LIU Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon at the Steinberg Wellness Center. The victory helped the Mount complete the season sweep of the Blackbirds for the second year in a row.
The Mount (12-11, 7-4 NEC) also defeated LIU (5-17, 3-8 NEC) by a final score of 63-62 on Jan. 6, and has now won five of the last six in the series.
The Mount's bench scored 29 of the team's 69 points on Saturday, marking the 10th time this season the Mount's bench has produced at least 25 points. Sydney Henderson finished one rebound away from a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Kayla Grossett added 10 points for the Mount.
The Mount scored 19 points off 16 LIU turnovers, and shot 26-of-57 (45.6 percent) from the field including 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) from distance. For the Blackbirds, Cleandra Roberts and Sophie Bhasin scored 23 and 13 points, respectively.
Making their first four shots, the Mountaineers opened the game with a 10-2 run sparked by three-pointers from Henderson and Ashley Christie. Up 14-9 with 13 minutes to go before halftime, Kaufman registered 11 of the team's next 13 points. The 6-1 senior knocked down a step-back three-pointer and two others from beyond the arc with the shot clock winding down.
The Mount led the first half from start-to-finish and took a 39-36 edge going into halftime. Trailing for a total of 22 seconds in the second half, the Mount improved to 10-1 on the season when leading through 20 minutes.
LIU tied the game for the first time on Aleisha Myers' three-pointer five minutes into the second half at 43-43. Roberts' layup with 13:53 on the clock gave the Blackbirds their first lead at 47-45.
The Mount quickly answered with an 11-0 run that turned a two-point deficit into a nine-point advantage at 56-47 with 9:40 to go. A 7-2 stretch for LIU brought the Blackbirds within four, cutting the Mount's lead to 64-60 with 1:10 left, but 5-of-6 shooting at the free throw line pushed the Mount to the win.
The Mount shot 11-of-12 (91.7 percent) from the charity stripe, including a 6-of-6 mark from Jenn Carney. The junior guard has made 24-consecutive free throws and has not missed since Jan. 6 against LIU Brooklyn.
Sarafina Arthur-Williams scored six points, which was her highest scoring output in a Mount uniform and the most since netting 11 against Richmond while playing at UNC Greensboro last season.
The Mount continues its road swing with a Monday night game at Fairleigh Dickinson at 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Mount, which has won four of its last five games overall, improved to 3-7 in away games... The Mount is 31-17 versus LIU Brooklyn in the all-time series.