Balanced Scoring Carries Mount Women’s Basketball to 84-78 Victory at Bryant

Balanced Scoring Carries Mount Women’s Basketball to 84-78 Victory at Bryant

Smithfield, R.I. (February 17, 2014) – Five different players scored in double figures as the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team earned an 84-78 win over Bryant on Monday afternoon at the Chace Athletic Center. Sydney Henderson registered 10 points in both halves for a team-high 20 to extend the Mount's winning streak to five games.

The Mount (15-11, 10-4 NEC) led by as many as 20 points early in the second half and survived a comeback by Bryant (13-12, 8-6 NEC) that cut the edge to just four with 18.6 seconds remaining. The victory helps the Mount tie last season's totals for wins (15) and Northeast Conference wins (10).

A strong shooting performance by the Mount that included 27-of-54 (50.0 percent) shooting and 11-of-21 (52.4 percent) from beyond the arc carried the Mountaineers to their fifth-consecutive road win. For the fifth time this season, the Mount made 10 or more three-pointers. On the day, the Mount broke the program's single-season record for made three-pointers with 202, surpassing the mark of 192 set by the 2011-12 squad.

In addition to Henderson's 20 points, Ashley Christie notched 16 points and seven assists, while Jessie Kaufman picked up 16 points and tied a season high with nine rebounds. Rachel Mathews and Jacqueline Brewer scored 11 points apiece, marking the second time this season the Mount has finished with five players with 10 or more points.

Bryant's top scorers were Naana Ankoma-Mensa and Courtney Schissler, who both finished with 24 points with Ankoma-Mensa also adding 11 rebounds for a double-double.

In the first half trailing 12-10, the Mount reeled off 15 points in a row in a 3:30 stretch for a 25-12 lead with 9:37 on the clock. Kaufman, who made four three-pointers in the game, had two threes on the run.

Kaufman's three with just under four minutes to go before halftime gave the Mountaineers a commanding 43-25 advantage before the Mount took a 47-29 lead through 20 minutes. The 47 first-half points tied a season high for the Mount, set on Jan. 18 against Wagner. The Mount led at the half for the fifth game in a row.

The Mount held 20-point leads twice in the first 1:06 of the second half, the second at 51-31 on Henderson's layup with 18:54 remaining.

A 12-0 run for Bryant capped by back-to-back three-pointers from Tiersa Winder got the Bulldogs back in the game, trailing 51-43 with 14:00 to go. Back-and-forth action ensued with a pair of Brewer free throws giving the Mount its final double-digit lead at 76-65 with 2:38 on the clock.

With 40 seconds left, the Mount held an 80-72 advantage. Schissler banked in a three-pointer with 39 seconds remaining to cut the Mount's lead to 80-75 and after two Mount free throws, Winder connected on a three with 18.6 seconds to make the score 82-78 in favor of the Mountaineers. The Mount held the Bulldogs off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

On the glass, the Mount corralled 41 rebounds to Bryant's 33, for the fourth time in five games that the Mount outrebounded its opponent.

Next on the schedule, the Mount celebrates Senior Day on Saturday, Feb. 22 with a home game at Knott Arena versus Fairleigh Dickinson at 1 p.m.

GAME NOTES: The Mount improves to 7-2 versus Bryant in the all-time series and 3-1 on the road against the Bulldogs.