BREWER'S GAME-WINNING JUMPER (VIDEO)
Staten Island, N.Y. (January 5, 2015) -- Jacqueline Brewer's jumper from the left-hand side with 2.2 seconds left lifted the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team to a 60-58 road win over Northeast Conference opponent Wagner at the Spiro Sports Center on Monday evening.
In a rematch of last season's Northeast Conference Quarterfinals, the Mountaineers (3-10, 1-1 NEC) inbounded the ball with 8.8 seconds left after Wagner (3-10, 1-1 NEC) knotted the game at 58-58 on Jasmine Nwajei's runner.
Brewer received the inbounds pass at the Mount's free throw line and dribbled the length of the court before finishing with a jumper on the team's final possession. The tight contest featured 10 lead changes and seven ties, including three in the final five minutes.
Brewer tied for the team lead with 13 points on the night, while junior Sarafina Arthur-Williams turned in her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. For the Seahawks, Nwajei notched a game-high 21 points on 8-for-33 shooting.
Freshman Jessica Harris, who put together a solid night with nine points, seven boards and two assists, hit a pair of clutch free throws with 1:07 left to break a 56-56 tie for a two-point advantage to help the Mount to victory.
Mount St. Mary's sprinted out of the gate by opening the game on a 6-0 run in the first 1:30 on a layup from Arthur-Williams followed by a pair of baskets from Harris. After Wagner had clawed back to take a lead Harris drove to the basket, drew the defender then dished to Arthur-Williams for an open layup for an 18-17 lead with 11:30 showing on the first half clock.
With a one-point edge later in the half, Kayla Bates cleaned up a miss on the offensive end and finished a layup for a 22-19 advantage. Stacey Koutris' first career three pointer from the corner grew the visitor's lead back up to six points at 29-23 with 4:28 to go before halftime.
A pair of free throws from Kathleen Belanger-Finn in the closing minute of the half helped the Mount head to the locker room with a 37-32 advantage. It was the fourth time this season the Mount has earned a halftime lead.
The Mountaineers shot 48.3 percent (14-for-29) from the field in the first half with 18 points in the paint, 12 of which came courtesy of Arthur-Williams.
Over the first 5:20 of the second half, the home side fought back to take a 40-39 lead with an 8-2 run capped by a Sofia Roma layup. Wagner's lead was short-lived however, with Koutris nailing her second three pointer of the night on the Mount's following possession.
Down the stretch, the Mountaineers did enough to hold on with five made free throws in the final 5:05 for the team's first road victory this season.
The Seahawks held a 43-35 edge on the glass with 21 of their rebounds coming on the offensive end.
The Mount returns home to Knott Arena to face St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday, Jan. 10, followed by a Monday night home game versus Central Connecticut.
GAME NOTES: The Mount improved its all-time record versus Wagner to 38-15… The Mount has won nine in a row versus the Seahawks… The road win is the first for the Mount since a 64-52 victory at Wagner on March 1, 2014… Sophomore Kathleen Belanger-Finn made her first career start.