Raleigh, N.C. (December 13, 2014) – Trailing by just seven points at halftime, the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team could not overcome a second-half scoring drought in an 85-60 loss at NCAA Tournament qualifier NC State on Saturday night at Reynolds Coliseum. Senior guard Jacqueline Brewer led the Mount in scoring for the sixth time this season with 22 points on the night.
Down just 38-31 through 20 minutes, the Mount (2-7) was within five when Brewer knocked down a jumper in the first minute of the second half. Two minutes later, NC State (7-3) stepped up its defensive intensity, holding the Mount without a field goal for nearly eight minutes.
During that stretch, the Wolfpack, from the Atlantic Coast Conference, distanced itself from the Mount with a 60-41 lead with 9:35 left and was able to maintain a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.
Brewer, who shot 8-for-14 from the field and added five rebounds, was aided on the offensive end by 13 points from Jody Chickey, tying a career best.
For NC State, Len'Nique Brown-Hoskin led all scorers with 23 points, while Jennifer Mathurin chipped in with 21.
After a slow start put the Mount in a 15-2 hole, the visitors were able to settle in with a layup from Chickey followed by a three-pointer courtesy of Brewer to cut the advantage down to 15-7 with 5:30 gone.
When the Wolfpack extended its lead back up to double figures, Brewer again answered by draining a three from the right corner for a 20-13 Mount deficit with 12 minutes remaining before halftime.
Over the next 5:20, NC State pieced together a 15-6 run for its largest lead of the first half of 16 points at 35-19 with 6:39 left before halftime. From there, the Mountaineers countered with an 8-0 run of their own. Chickey capped the stretch with a corner three to trim the deficit to 35-27 with 4:33 left before the half.
The score remained close throughout the rest of the half with Brewer closing the period on a jumper to cut NC State's advantage down to 38-31 heading into the intermission.
After building its lead back up to double figures, NC State continued its strong defense with 19 points off 12 Mount St. Mary's turnovers in the second half.
The Mount continued to shoot well in the second half, going 10-for-22 (45.5 percent) in the final 20 minutes to finish 23-for-50 (46.0 percent) for the game. On the other side, the Wolfpack shot 25-for-56 (44.6 percent), including a 16-for-31 (51.6 percent) mark from distance.
Next on the schedule, the Mountaineers will return home to Knott Arena to take on Bucknell on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Mount slips to 0-2 in the all-time series versus NC State… The Mount is now 1-22 all-time versus teams currently in the ACC.