Moon Township, Pa. (January 3, 2015) – The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team dropped its Northeast Conference opener at Robert Morris by a 66-44 final score at the Sewall Center on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Kathleen Belanger-Finn posted a team-best 11 points for the visiting Mountaineers.
Mount St. Mary's (2-10, 0-1 NEC) held the defending NEC Champion Colonials (3-9, 1-0 NEC) to 32.9 percent (23-for-70) shooting, but struggled on the other end by putting together a 29.8 percent (14-for-47) clip.
RMU was led by 11 points and eight rebounds from Megan Smith to go with 10 points from Anna Niki Stamolamprou.
Plagued by nine first-half turnovers, the Mount stayed within reach of the Colonials with strong defense on the other end. The Mount blocked six shots in the opening 20 minutes and held Robert Morris to 10-for-38 (26.3 percent) shooting in the first half.
Five minutes into the game, the Mount took its largest first-half lead at 7-4 on Jayla Leftwich's hook shot.
Later in the half after the Colonials built a four-point edge, Jessica Harris knocked down a jumper and Jacqueline Brewer followed with a three pointer for a 15-14 lead with just under eight minutes remaining before halftime.
Clinging to a one-point edge at 19-18 with just over five minutes left in the half, the Colonials closed out the half on a 9-1 run to take a 28-19 lead into the locker room.
Robert Morris continued to control the game to open the second half with six-consecutive points to stretch the advantage to 34-19 in the first two minutes. Over the next six minutes, the Colonials' lead ballooned to 20 points at 44-24 with 12 minutes remaining.
The home side improved its shooting to 40.6 percent (13-for-32) in the second half to pull away from the Mount down the stretch.
Defensively, the Mount blocked a season-high seven shots, and Sarafina Arthur-Williams led the effort on the glass with nine rebounds, seven of which were on the defensive end. Robert Morris held a 54-35 rebounding edge in the game.
Next up, the Mount heads to Staten Island, N.Y. to take on Wagner on Monday, Jan. 5.