Emmitsburg, Md. (February 22, 2014) – The Mount women's basketball team posted its best defensive performance of the season, holding visiting Fairleigh Dickinson to 11 second half points in a 70-35 victory on Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena. On the Mount's Senior Day, Rachel Mathews scored a career-high 15 points as the Mount won its sixth game in a row.
For the Mount (16-11, 11-4 NEC), the six-game winning streak ties the longest in Bryan Whitten's seven-year tenure on the same day the Mount secured its first season with more than 15 wins since 1999-00. The win helped the Mount top last year's overall win total (15) and Northeast Conference regular season win total (10).
The 35-point margin of victory over FDU (2-24, 1-14) is the largest for the Mount since beating St. Francis Brooklyn by 40 on Jan. 15, 2011, while the 11 second-half points allowed were the fewest for a half on the year.
In addition to Mathews' 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 4-of-6 from the free throw line, fellow senior Sydney Henderson scored all 11 of her points in the second half to finish as the Mount's second-leading scorer.
In the first half, the Mount jumped out to a 16-7 edge with 11:30 to go before halftime on a jumper by Jacqueline Brewer followed by an Ashley Christie three-pointer. The Knights battled back, however, taking a 22-21 lead on Brianna Thomas' make from distance with 6:31 left on the first half clock.
The Mountaineers scored the final five points of the half for a 32-24 halftime lead. On the Mount's current six-game winning streak, the team has led at half in all six games.
Ahead by just six at 32-26, the Mount held FDU scoreless for nearly nine minutes, going on a 19-0 run that lasted half of the second half to pull away.
The Mount's lead ballooned to 30 at 63-33 with 3:40 remaining when Henderson banked in a desperation three-pointer as the shot clock expired. With all five seniors on the floor, Mathews made her first career three-pointer on the first attempt of her collegiate career with 2:51 to go to cap the day.
The Mount shot 2-of-11 from beyond the three-point line in the first half before netting 6-of-10 from distance in the second half. For the game, the Mount shot 24-of-52 (46.2 percent) and held FDU to 14-of-51 (27.5 percent) shooting.
Amanda Andrades scored 12 points and dished out five assists for the Knights, who were outrebounded, 42-29, by the Mount on the day.
For the Mount, 10 different players scored, including all five seniors. The Mount, which entered the game averaging 15.3 turnovers per game, committed just 12 on Saturday and forced FDU into 17 turnovers on the other end.
The Mount looks to extend its winning streak to seven games on Monday with a home game versus Saint Francis U at 6 p.m.
NOTES: Prior to the game, the Mount honored Rachel Mathews, Ashley Christie, Jessie Kaufman, Kayla Grossett and Sydney Henderson for their contributions to the program with a senior day ceremony… The Mount improves to 27-21 in the all-time series with FDU… The Mount is 6-0 on the year when facing an opponent for the second time.