Niagara University, N.Y. (December 30, 2014) – In the final nonconference test before jumping into Northeast Conference play this weekend, the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team fell by a 78-60 final score at Niagara on Tuesday evening at the Gallagher Center. Senior Jacqueline Brewer led three Mount players in double figures with a team-high 14 points.
Mount St. Mary's (2-9) suffered from a slow start as Niagara (6-5) built a 22-point first half lead en route to victory.
In addition to Brewer's 14 points, the Mount received strong contributions off the bench with sophomore Kathleen Belanger-Finn adding 13 points and freshman Caroline Hummell chipping in with a career-high 10 points.
Three Purple Eagles scored in double digits in the contest led by 22 points from Meghan McGuinness and 20 from Victoria Rampado.
Niagara put together a strong shooting night, finishing 55.4 percent (31-for-56) from the field, while holding the Mount to 33.9 percent (19-for-56) on the other end.
In first-half action, after Brewer scored the game's first points on a three, Niagara reeled off the next 11 points for an early advantage with five minutes gone.
The Mount's Jayla Leftwich broke the Purple Eagles' run with a turnaround jumper with just under 15 minutes to go in the half, but the home side answered with a 12-0 stretch over the next five minutes to take a 23-5 edge.
A 10-2 run by the Mount cut the deficit down to 33-17 with 3:29 showing on the first half clock, but Niagara, which shot 54.8 percent (17-for-31) in the opening 20 minutes, took a 42-25 lead into halftime.
Niagara built the lead up to as many as 29 points before an 11-2 stretch for the Mountaineers cut the lead down to 66-46 with 10 minutes left.
The rest of the way, the Mount would get as close as 18 points at 72-54 with just over five minutes left, but the Purple Eagles maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the second half.
The Mount begins conference play on the road in Moon Township, Pa. on Saturday, Jan. 3, versus defending NEC Champion Robert Morris before heading to Staten Island, N.Y. to face Wagner on Monday, Jan. 5.
GAME NOTES: The Mount St. Mary's/Niagara series is now tied a 1-1… Kathleen Belanger-Finn scored in double figures for the second time in her career… Caroline Hummell scored a career-high 10 points, besting her previous high of six.