Bronx, N.Y. (November 18, 2014) -- The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team could not overcome the stifling defense of reigning Atlantic 10 Champion Fordham in a 61-37 road loss at Rose Hill Gym on Tuesday night. Senior guard Jacqueline Brewer led the Mountaineers in scoring for the second-consecutive game, turning in a nine-point effort on the night.
The Mount (0-2) received 19 points off the bench, including six apiece from freshman Caroline Hummell and junior Sarafina Arthur-Williams. Fordham (1-2) was led by 19 points and nine rebounds from Emily Tapio, with Tiffany Ruffin adding 13 points.
In a first-half filled with runs, the Rams hit the ground running by grabbing an 8-0 lead in the first 2:37 of the game. The Mountaineers clawed back into the contest with four early points from Brewer on a jumper and a pair of free throws before a reverse layup from Jessica Harris trimmed the deficit to 10-6.
Later in the half, the Mount completed an 11-4 run on a layup by Arthur-Williams set up by a Jenn Carney steal with 13:43 left in the half to pull the Mount within one at 12-11.
For the next 10:26 of the game clock, the Rams turned up the defensive pressure, holding the Mount scoreless as part of a 16-0 run to take a 28-11 advantage. The Mount's scoring drought ended with a Kaitlyn Eisenhard layup with 3:17 remaining on the first-half clock.
Fordham, which scored 22 of its 33 first-half points in the paint, took a 33-17 lead heading into the locker rooms.
After Arthur-Williams opened the second half with another layup, the Rams responded with a 12-0 run that spanned just under five minutes, giving the home side a 45-19 lead.
The Mount's defense held Fordham to a total of 28 points in the final 20 minutes and managed 20 points on the other end as the Rams ran away with the game. Over the closing 4:16 of the night, the Mountaineers scored 12 of the game's final 14 points, including five from sophomore Kathleen Belanger-Finn.
Fordham held a 41-25 edge on the glass and put up 20 second-chance points for the game. For the Mount, Brewer, Harris and Eisenhard chipped in with four rebounds apiece.
The Mountaineers continue their road swing with games at Campbell on Friday, Nov. 21, and at Davidson on Sunday, Nov. 23.
GAME NOTES: Mount St. Mary's falls to 1-1 in the all-time series versus Fordham... Fordham is the second-consecutive opponent that appeared in last season's NCAA Tournament for the Mount, which opened the season with Final Four qualifier Maryland on Nov. 14.