On March 9, the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team delivered the program's first home Northeast Conference playoff victory in 17 years, defeating Wagner by a final score of 75-66 in the NEC Quarterfinals for No. 5 on the countdown of the top 15 moments of 2013-14.
Since beating Rider in the 1997 NEC Quarterfinals, the Mount had won five playoff games on the road or neutral sites. It was not until this season that the Mountaineers were again able to secure a playoff win at Knott Arena.
The Mount took the lead 1:23 into the game and never looked back, outscoring the visiting Seahawks in both halves en route to the team's 19th win of the season.
It took a team effort spearheaded by the Mount's veterans to take down Wagner for the third time on the year. Senior Rachel Mathews poured in a career-high 20 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with a 10-of-13 performance at the free throw line to lead the offense. Three more seniors, Sydney Henderson, Ashley Christie and Jessie Kaufman, also chipped in with double-figures to propel the Mount to the NEC Semifinals for the second-consecutive season.
Bryan Whitten, in his seventh year at the helm in 2013-14, guided the Mount to a 19-14 record marking the program's first winning season since 2000-01. After securing the No. 2 seed in the NEC Tournament, the Mountaineers qualified for the NEC Semifinals and advanced to their first-ever WNIT.
2013-14 Mount St. Mary's Athletics Top 15 Moments
15. Record Breaking Shooting Performance Leads Mount Men's Basketball Past Norfolk State
14. Women's Lacrosse Beats Sacred Heart in Double Overtime
13. Mount Baseball Tops Maryland Again
12. Kristen Galligan Breaks Three Long-standing Distance Records
11. Blake and Zabetakis Earn First Team All-NEC
10. Carney Nets 30 Points for Mount Women's Basketball; Whitten Wins No. 300
9. Galligan and Borland Earn All-NEC Honors in Cross Country
8. Juhring Launches Record-Breaking Throw at Wake Forest
7. Regan Captures Two Gold Medals at NEC Championships
6. Will Miller Rains Three-Pointers at NCAA Tournament
5. Women's Basketball Earns First Home NEC Playoff Win Since 1997