Pittsburgh (March 21, 2014) – Jacqueline Brewer's second career double-double with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds was not enough in the Mount women's basketball team's 62-52 road loss at Duquesne in the first round of the Postseason WNIT on Friday night. Mount St. Mary's was making its first WNIT appearance and playing in its first postseason beyond the Northeast Conference Tournament since the 1995 NCAA Tournament.
Sydney Henderson scored 11 of her team-high 14 points in the second half as the Mount (19-14) concluded its first winning season since 2000-01. Henderson capped her career seventh on the Mount's scoring list with 1,489 points, passing Vanessa Blair '92 on the night.
Duquesne (20-12) finished with four players in double-digit scoring led by 13 from Reagan Moore. The Dukes held a 34-18 edge in points in the paint and scored 22 points off 22 Mount turnovers.
After a slow start that included two points in the first 4:48 of the game, the Mount bounced back later in the half with an 11-0 run to take the lead. As part of the run, three-pointers on consecutive possessions from Jenn Carney and Jessie Kaufman gave the Mount its first lead at 8-6 with 14:41 left in the first half. The stretch was capped by a jumper from Brewer and another Kaufman three for a 13-6 edge.
Duquesne quickly responded and took a 25-20 lead on Moore's only three-pointer on the night with 3:12 showing on the first-half clock. After Mariah Powell's turnaround jumper cut it to 25-22, the Dukes were able to take a 28-23 lead heading into the locker rooms.
After the break, Henderson's left-corner three cut the Duquesne edge to 30-28, and after a stop on the other end, Kaufman hit another three from straight on for a 31-30 Mount lead with 16:51 left in the second half.
The Mount's final lead of the game came on Henderson's make from beyond the arc for a 40-37 advantage with just under 11 minutes to play. From there, the Dukes seized control with a 10-0 stretch to retake the lead at 47-40 with 7:14 left.
The Mountaineers' full court pressure caused problems for Duquesne and after Ashley Christie stole the inbounds pass, she converted a layup, was fouled, and made her free throw for a 49-47 deficit with 4:25 remaining.
Down the stretch, Duquesne held the Mount to three points in the final 2:30 while connecting on 6-of-6 from the free throw line to ice the game.
The Mount outrebounded the Dukes, 40-38, but shot 17-of-54 (31.5 percent), including 6-of-21 (28.5 percent) from long range in the defeat.
GAME NOTES: The Mount is one of four teams to play in the Preseason and Postseason WNIT in 2013-14, joining North Carolina A&T (MEAC), Quinnipiac (MAAC) and Stetson (Atlantic Sun)…Duquesne leads the all-time series, 4-2.