MOUNT ST. MARY'S (2-8, 0-0 NEC) at NIAGARA (5-5, 2-0 MAAC)
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 | 5 p.m.
Gallagher Arena | Niagara University, N.Y.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team looks to conclude nonconference action on a high note with Tuesday's tilt at Niagara. Holding a 2-8 record entering the game, the Mount boasts wins over Delaware State and Coppin State so far this season. The Mount's offense has been carried by seniors Jacqueline Brewer and Jenn Carney, who average 12.4 and 10.3 points per game, respectively.
GAME DETAILS: Tuesday's game will be televised on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. It can also be viewed online on the Niagara Sports Network for a fee.
LAST TIME OUT: Mount St. Mary's suffered its first home loss of the season at the hands of Bucknell by a 74-49 final score at Knott Arena on Dec. 21. Freshman Jessica Harris scored a team-high 12 points to lead the Mount in scoring for the first time in her career.
The Mount turned in an efficient shooting effort from three-point range with a 7-for-13 (53.8 percent) clip, but yielded 32 points in the paint to Bucknell, which shot 26-for-50 (52.0 percent) from the floor.
ABOUT NIAGARA: After a 0-3 start to the season, the Purple Eagles have gone 5-2 in their last seven games to improve to 5-5. Three Niagara players average double figures with Meghan McGuinness leading the way with 11.2 points per game. The Purple Eagles are outrebounding opponents by an average of 4.2 boards per game and are coming off a 76-70 loss to Dartmouth on Dec. 28.
ALL-TIME SERIES VERSUS NIAGARA: The Mount holds a 1-0 all-time series lead over Niagara with the first-ever meeting occurring on Nov. 25, 1989 at Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, Md. The 79-73 victory over the Purple Eagles in the 1989-90 season opener jumpstarted the Mount on the way to a Northeast Conference regular season championship.
ANYBODY, ANYWHERE: Tuesday will mark the 11th game of the season for the Mount and the eighth away from home. Of the Mount's first 13 games, 10 are on the road. The road game at Niagara will be the Mount's fourth game located 340 miles or more from the Emmitsburg, Md. campus. The list includes road games at Campbell (360 miles away), Davidson (415), NC State (340) and Niagara (360).
NONCONFERENCE SEASON: The Mount's challenging nonconference schedule has included the likes of NCAA Tournament teams Maryland, NC State and Fordham this season. The Mountaineers went 5-7 in regular season nonconference games last season en route to a 19-14 overall mark. The team's best nonconference record under Head Coach Bryan Whitten came in his second year in 2008-09 when the Mount posted a 6-5 record.
UP NEXT: The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team jumps into Northeast Conference play with a showdown with defending conference champion Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa. on Saturday, Jan. 3. Two days later, the Mountaineers travel to Staten Island, N.Y. to take on Wagner on Monday, Jan. 5.