Brooklyn, N.Y. (January 17, 2015) – A balanced attack featuring four players scoring in double figures led the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team to a 76-69 Northeast Conference victory over LIU Brooklyn at Barclays Center on Saturday.
Making their second-ever appearance at Barclays Center, home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, the Mountaineers (6-10, 4-1) won their fourth-consecutive game and fifth in a row versus the Blackbirds (5-10, 2-3 NEC). Now 4-1 in NEC play, the Mount matches its best start in league play under eighth-year Head Coach Bryan Whitten.
Jacqueline Brewer shot 5-for-9 from the field and finished with a team-best 19 points to lead the Mount's offense. Jenn Carney and Sarafina Arthur-Williams added 16 points apiece, while Jody Chickey chipped in with 12.
For the Blackbirds, Sophie Bhasin recorded a game-high 23 points with Shanovia Dove and Shanie Vaughan scoring 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Mount St. Mary's led by as many as 18 points with just under eight minutes left before a furious comeback by LIU Brooklyn cut the advantage down to five at 70-65 in the final minute.
Strong free throw shooting down the stretch again helped the Mount hold on for the seven-point victory.
Early on, Brewer knocked down a pair of three pointers from the left wing for an 8-2 advantage with three minutes gone. The Mount's lead stretched to seven points on a Carney three-pointer off a kickout from Arthur-Williams for a 13-6 edge with 14:42 left before halftime.
Momentum swung to the Blackbirds with an 11-2 run to take a 17-15 lead later in the half.
LIU Brooklyn took its largest first-half lead at 21-17 on Bhasin's jumper with 7:53 showing on the first-half clock. The Mountaineers responded with an 11-3 run down the stretch to take their biggest advantage of the first half at 32-27 in the final minute and took a 30-27 advantage into halftime.
In second half action, the Mount capped a 9-0 run with a breakaway layup for Chickey off a steal by Arthur-Williams for a 50-40 lead with 11:24 left in the game.
The Mount pounded the ball down low in the second half, scoring 22 points in the paint over the final 20 minutes. Taking advantage of LIU Brooklyn's foul trouble, Arthur-Williams tallied 15 points in the second half en route to her second-highest offensive output of the season of 16 points.
Facing the Blackbirds' full-court pressure defense, the Mount overcame 23 turnovers in the victory. The Mount also turned LIU Brooklyn over 22 times, leading to 19 points off turnovers.
The Mount turned in its best shooting performance of the season, shooting at a 53.3 percent (23-for-43) clip. On the other end, LIU Brooklyn shot 38.9 percent (21-for-54) and held a slight 30-29 rebounding edge.
The Mount will continue its road trip with a game at Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Mount was making its second-ever appearance at Barclays Center… The Mount finished with four players in double figures for the second time this season and first since Nov. 23, 2014 at Davidson.