Mount Women's Basketball Readies for Home NEC Semifinal Game Versus Saint Francis U on Wednesday

Mount Women's Basketball Readies for Home NEC Semifinal Game Versus Saint Francis U on Wednesday

#2 MOUNT ST. MARY'S (19-12) vs. #3 SAINT FRANCIS U (14-19)
 Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 7 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. | Knott Arena
Northeast Conference Semifinals

ESPN3 and NECFRONTROW.COM: Paul Dottino and Brenda Milano on the call


MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's is competing in the NEC Semifinals for the second season in a row. After picking up the program's first home playoff win since 1997 in the quarterfinals on Sunday, the Mount takes on third-seeded Saint Francis University in the semifinals with a trip to the conference championship on the line. The Mount, which last went to the NEC Championship Game in 2001 and won its last NEC Tournament Championship in 1995, has won 11 of its last 13 games entering Wednesday's home game at Knott Arena. 

LAST TIME OUT: Senior forward Rachel Mathews scored a career-high 20 points to lift the Mount to a 75-66 victory over Wagner in the NEC Quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon. Sydney Henderson also added 16 points to help the Mount defeat the Seahawks for the third time this season. The Mount was playing its first home NEC playoff game since 2002. 

ABOUT SAINT FRANCIS: The third-seeded Red Flash set a Northeast Conference Tournament record with 132 points in a double-overtime 132-124 win over Sacred Heart in the quarterfinals on Sunday. The 256 combined points were the second most for a women's game in NCAA history. First Team All-NEC selection Alli Williams scored a game-high 47 points to improve her league-best scoring average to 25.8 points. The Red Flash score a league-high 81.8 points per game and also give up the most points at 85.1 per game.

THIS SEASON VS. SAINT FRANCIS: The two sides split the regular season series with both teams winning on their home floors. In the first matchup on Jan. 20 in Loretto, Pa. the Mount shot just 5-of-26 (19.2 percent) from beyond the three-point arc, while the Red Flash finished with five players scoring in double figures to defeat the Mountaineers, 81-66. Just over a month later, the Mount responded with a 97-80 win thanks to a game-high 25 points from Sydney Henderson to go with 22 from Jenn Carney. The 97 points were the most for the Mount in Head Coach Bryan Whitten's seven-year tenure.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. SAINT FRANCIS: The Red Flash lead the all-time series, 29-27. The Mount had lost eight in a row to Saint Francis until a 97-80 win at home on Feb. 24. In home games versus Saint Francis, the Mount is 18-11. The Mount is 2-6 versus Saint Francis in NEC Tournament games, losing six in a row to the Red Flash in playoff games.

MOUNT IN THE NEC PLAYOFFS: The Mount is 19-19 in NEC Tournament action. In games played at home at Knott Arena, the Mount is 9-6. The Mount is making its 14th NEC Semifinals appearance and is hosting the game for the seventh time. The last time the Mount played at home in the NEC Semifinals was 1996.  

GOING FOR 20 WINS: The Mount could clinch its 18th season with 20 or more wins with a victory over Saint Francis. The Mount's last 20-win season was during the 1999-00 campaign.

UP NEXT: A win over the Red Flash would propel the Mount to the NEC Championship game for the first time since 2001. The game will be played on Sunday, March 16, at 3 p.m. in an ESPNU broadcast. The Mount would play at home if Bryant defeats Robert Morris in the other semifinal matchup.  If Robert Morris wins, they will host the championship game in Moon Township, Pa.