Emmitsburg, Md. (December 10, 2014) – Senior Jacqueline Brewer exploded for a career-high 28 points on 11-for-18 shooting to propel the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team past visiting Coppin State, 81-65, on Wednesday night at Knott Arena. Fellow senior Jenn Carney added 22 points to give the Mountaineers their second victory this season.
For the Mount (2-6), it was the first time two players scored 20-plus points since Carney and Sydney Henderson accomplished the feat last season at Saint Francis U on Feb. 24. With the win, the Mountaineers improve to 2-0 at home, while Coppin State falls to 1-7 overall and 0-6 on the road.
Hot shooting carried the Mount, which finished 29-for-54 (53.7 percent), including a 13-for-22 (59.1 percent) clip from distance. The 13 made three-pointers are tied for the second most in single-game history for the Mount.
Early on, Brewer recorded seven of the Mount's first nine points for a 9-4 lead four minutes into the game.
The Eagles went on to take their first and only lead of the contest thanks to a 5-0 spurt capped by an old-fashion three-point play from Keena Samuels for a 25-24 lead with 9:48 showing on the first half clock.
Jody Chickey, who tied for the team lead with five assists, put the Mount up for good with a three-pointer with 8:57 left before halftime for a 27-25 advantage. With the help of 17 first-half points from Brewer, the Mountaineers took a 42-35 lead heading into the locker rooms.
Up 44-42 in the second half, the Mountaineers embarked on a 15-2 run to help the lead expand to 59-44 with 11:59 remaining. During the run, the Mount held Coppin State without a field goal for nearly 5:30. Down the stretch, the lead grew to as many as 18 points at 70-52 on Brewer's three-pointer followed by her three-point play on a layup and a free throw with seven minutes remaining.
The Mount, which set a season high with 81 points, connected on 6-for-7 on three-point attempts in the second half to pull away from the Eagles.
Also putting together a strong shooting night, Coppin State posted a 21-for-50 (42.0 percent) effort from the field. The two sides finished with matching stat lines of 28 rebounds, 12 turnovers and five blocks apiece. Offensively, Jordan Swails was one of four Eagles scoring in double figures with a team-best 19.
The Mount will return to action on Saturday to take on NC State in Raleigh, N.C. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Mount improves its all-time record versus Coppin State to 4-2… Under eighth-year Head Coach Bryan Whitten, the Mount improves to 50-50 at home, including a 13-4 mark over the last two seasons.