Davidson, N.C. (November 23, 2014) – Despite four players scoring in double figures, the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team could not hold off a second-half charge by Davidson in a 67-62 road loss at Belk Arena on Sunday Afternoon. Senior Jacqueline Brewer notched a season-high 16 points in 40 minutes of action to lead the Mountaineers.
The Mount (0-4), which led by as many as 13 points in the first half, was able to build up a 10-point halftime advantage at 33-23 before the Wildcats (2-2) bounced back by outscoring the visitors, 44-29, over the closing 20 minutes. Hannah Early (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Mackenzie Latt (14 points, 10 rebounds) both recorded double-doubles for Davidson.
Trailing by five points late in the game, the Mount's defense forced a turnover with just over a minute left, setting up a Jenn Carney three-pointer to trim the deficit to 64-62 with 51.7 seconds remaining.
On Davidson's next possession, Latt hit one of two free throws with 28.8 seconds left to stretch the lead to 65-62. After a Mount turnover on the other end, Dakota Dukes nailed two free throws to ice the game with 11.5 seconds left to give the Wildcats the win.
The Mount's first-half lead came in large part to Kathleen Belanger-Finn's spark off the bench. The sophomore point guard scored 11 of her career-high 15 points in the opening half. Sarafina Arthur-Williams also put together her best performance in a Mount uniform with 11 points and a career-best six boards. Carney added 15 points for the Mount.
Early in the game after Melissa Giegerich knocked down a pair of free throws to give Davidson an 8-4 edge with five minutes gone, the Mount's seniors Brewer and Carney, responded with three-pointers on back-to-back possessions for the Mount's first lead at 10-8.
Belanger-Finn hit a free throw then assisted on an Arthur-Williams layup on an out of bounds play for a 13-10 lead with 9:22 left on the first-half clock.
After Davidson regained the lead at 14-13 with 8:08 remaining, the Mount went on an 18-4 run over the next 5:30 to turn a one-point deficit into a 13-point lead at 31-18. Belanger-Finn capped the stretch by banking in a three from the right wing and nailing another three-pointer on consecutive possessions.
Mount St. Mary's shot 47.6 percent (10-for-21) in the opening half, including 6-for-11 shooting (54.5 percent) from distance.
A fast start by the Wildcats in the first three minutes of the second half cut the Mount's lead down to 38-34 powered by six points from Early. After Davidson clawed back to within one at 40-39, Brewer connected on another three-pointer to help the Mount maintain their distance with a 43-39 lead.
Davidson completed the comeback when Diona Johnson cleaned up her own miss with a second-chance layup to knot the score at 48-48 with just under 11 minutes remaining. Two free throws from Dakota Dukes gave the Wildcats a 50-48 edge with 10:07 left, marking their first lead since 14-13 with 8:08 left in the first half.
The Wildcats stretched their lead to seven at 60-53 with just under four minutes left and held off the Mount down the stretch.
For the game, the Mount shot 39.5 percent (17-for-43) and held Davidson to 36.1 percent (22-for-61) on field goals. The Wildcats were able to hold a 43-28 rebounding edge in the contest.
Next on the schedule, the Mountaineers make their home debut at Knott Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 26, versus Delaware State at 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Mount drops to 0-2 all-time versus Davidson… Jessica Harris is the first freshman to start a game for Mount St. Mary's since Kaitlyn Eisenhard on Nov. 16, 2013 against IPFW in the Preseason WNIT… Sophomore Kathleen Belanger-Finn scored a career-high 15 points. Her previous career-high was five points against Fordham on Nov. 18, 2014.