Emmitsburg, Md. (January 10, 2015) – Jenn Carney led all scorers with 19 points, and Jacqueline Brewer added her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the Mount St. Marys' women's basketball team's 56-48 win over St. Francis Brooklyn at Knott Arena on Saturday.
The Mount (4-10, 2-1 Northeast Conference) used a strong defensive effort, holding St. Francis Brooklyn (3-12, 0-3 NEC) to just 48 points and 8.3 percent shooting (1-for-12) from three-point range. It was the first time the Mountaineers held an opponent under 50 points since a 70-35 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Feb. 22, 2014.
Carney, who scored in double figures for the sixth time this year, did much of her damage from the free throw line with eight makes from the charity stripe in the final 1:06 to ice the game.
The Mount led by as many as 15 points with 10 minutes remaining before the Terriers fought back to pull within four points at 48-44 with 54 seconds left.
After a layup from Kathleen Belanger-Finn stretched the home team's advantage up to 44-29 with 9:10 on the second-half clock, the Mount's offense went cold and did not register another point until Carney's layup with 2:09 left. Over that time, St. Francis Brooklyn climbed back in the game with a 10-0 run fueled by six points from Sarah Benedetti and later cut the lead down to four.
Carney finished 12-for-12 from the free throw line for the game as the Mountaineers made all 19 of their free throw attempts. For the Terriers, Jaymee Veney also added a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 12 boards.
The Mount, which never trailed in Saturday's contest, built up a 13-point lead in the opening 20 minutes and took an 11-point edge into the locker room at 30-19.
Following the intermission, the Mount's lead shrunk to just six before Carney and Brewer finished layups on consecutive possessions to grow it back up to 10 at 36-26 with 13:25 left.
Mount St. Mary's held a 30-25 rebounding edge, marking the second time the Mount has outrebounded an opponent on the season. The Mount is 2-0 in those games.
The Mount looks to make it three wins in a row with another home contest versus Central Connecticut State on Monday, Jan. 12, at Knott Arena at 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Mount improves to 48-3 in the all-time series versus St. Francis Brooklyn… The Mount moves to 3-1 at Knott Arena on the year… The Mount won back-to-back games for the first time this season.