Mount Women’s Basketball Downs Central Connecticut, 54-50

Mount Women’s Basketball Downs Central Connecticut, 54-50
Emmitsburg, Md. (January 12, 2015) – Sarafina Arthur-Williams finished just one rebound shy of her third career double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds to lead the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team to a 54-50 home victory over first-place Central Connecticut in Northeast Conference action on Monday night at Knott Arena.

Mount St. Mary's (5-10, 3-1 NEC) won its third-consecutive game to move into a tie for second place in the NEC standings with Central Connecticut (7-8, 3-1 NEC).

Arthur-Williams missed her first five free throws before redeeming herself with a make with 8.2 seconds left to put the game out of reach at 54-50.

Junior Jody Chickey chipped in with 11 points and a team-high four assists while playing the entire 40 minutes for the Mountaineers. On the other end, Tejahne Malone picked up a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards, while Kayla Miller and Camden Musgrave adding 10 points apiece for the Blue Devils.

Central Connecticut took a 48-47 lead on a pair of Malone free throws with 2:30 left in the second half. An Arthur-Williams layup with 1:11 remaining helped the Mount regain the advantage at 49-48, and Kathleen Belanger-Finn was fouled on the next possession, hitting the first of two free throws. Jessica Harris rebounded the Belanger-Finn miss and was fouled, knocking down one free throw for a 51-48 advantage with 45 seconds left.

The Blue Devils cut the Mount's advantage down to one point at 51-50 on Malone's layup with 27 seconds left, but the Mount knocked down three free throws in the final 20 seconds for the win.

CCSU controlled the early portion of the game, taking a 7-3 lead with 3:30 gone. In what was a back-and forth first half, the Mount went on an 11-2 run over the next eight minutes for a 14-9 advantage.

Carrying a 21-19 edge with 4:19 to go in the opening half, the Mount would score two more points in the half while yielding seven on the other end to trail by three at 26-23 heading into halftime.

In second half action, the Mount's two-point advantage grew to seven with a 5-0 run capped by a Jayla Leftwich layup with 10:39 on the clock for a 41-34 lead. Over the final seven minutes, the lead changed hands six times and the score was tied five times before the Mount came away with the victory.

The Mount put together another strong defensive effort, holding the visitors to 31.5 percent (17-for-54) shooting overall and 26.7 percent (4-for-15) from three-point range. Offensively, the Mountaineers connected at a 43.9 percent (18-for-41) clip from the field.

The Mount looks to continue its hot streak with Saturday's road game versus LIU Brooklyn at Barclays Center, home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.

GAME NOTES: Mount St. Mary's moves to 4-1 at home this season… The Mount has won four in a row versus Central Connecticut… In the all-time series, the Mount leads CCSU, 22-10.