Staten Island, N.Y. (March 1, 2014) – A strong defensive effort sparked the Mount St. Marys' women's basketball team to a 64-52 road win over Wagner on Saturday afternoon at the Spiro Sports Center. The Mount extends its winning streak to eight games, the program's longest since winning 11 in a row during the 1998-99 season.
The second-place Mountaineers (18-11, 13-4 NEC) have a chance to earn their first Northeast Conference regular season title since 2001 if Saint Francis U defeats Robert Morris today, and the Mount beats Robert Morris on Monday, March 3.
Junior Jenn Carney connected on three makes from beyond the three-point line for a team-high 15 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Kayla Grossett added 11 points, and Ashley Christie chipped in with 10 to lead the balanced attack.
In the first half, the Mount held Wagner (9-19, 8-19 NEC) to just 19 points, marking the fifth time this season the Mount has kept an opponent to 20 or fewer points in a half. On the current eight-game winning streak, six wins have been decided by 10 or more points, including Saturday's 12-point victory.
Wagner's Jasmine Nwajei scored 15 of her team-high 19 points in the second half to lead the home side.
The Mount started the game on an 8-0 run and did not allow Wagner to get on the scoreboard for the first 4:22 of the half.
Mathews' old fashion three-point play with 8:39 left before halftime made it 17-7 in favor of the visitors. The Mount scored the game's next eight points for the team's largest lead of the game of 18 points at 25-7 with 5:25 on the first half clock. Sydney Henderson and Carney both knocked down three-pointers during the run.
The Seahawks did not score their 10th point of the game until there was just 3:26 showing on the clock before the half.
Wagner ended the half on a 9-2 run to close the gap to 10 with the Mount in front, 29-19. The Mount held Wagner to just 7-of-29 (24.1 percent) shooting in the first half and 2-of-15 (13.3 percent) from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes.
The Mount went cold at the beginning of the second half and did not score until 6:11 into the half on Henderson's free throw for a 29-25 edge.
The Mount's saw its lead dwindle down to two at 48-46 with 3:18 left on a pair of free throws from Jordyn Peck. On the next two Mount possessions, back-to-back buckets from Christie built the Mount's lead back up to six points at 52-46.
Wagner started fouling to stop the clock, but the Mount connected on 10-of-12 free throws in the final 1:05 of the game to pick up the win.
On Monday, March 3, the Mount takes on Robert Morris at 7 p.m. in Moon Township, Pa.