MOUNT ST. MARY'S (6-10, 4-1 NEC) at FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON (4-12, 1-4 NEC)
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 | 2 p.m.
Stratis Arena | Hackensack, N.J.
LIVE VIDEO: NECFrontRow.com
MOUNT UPDATE: Riding a four-game winning streak, Mount St. Mary's enters Monday's road game at Fairleigh Dickinson in a three-way tie atop the Northeast Conference standings. The Mount dropped its first nine road games before picking up back-to-back road wins in the last two away from Knott Arena. A win over FDU would give the Mount a 5-1 NEC record, marking the program's best start to conference play under eighth-year Head Coach Bryan Whitten. Senior guard Jacqueline Brewer leads the Mount with 12.8 points per game and has scored in double figures in nine of her 15 appearances this season.
GAME DETAILS: Monday's Martin Luther King Day matinee will be streamed live through NECFrontRow.com.
LAST TIME OUT: A balanced attack featuring four players scoring in double figures led the Mount to a 76-69 Northeast Conference victory over LIU Brooklyn at Barclays Center on Saturday. 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. The Mount was able to hold on with strong free throw shooting down the stretch. Jacqueline Brewer scored a team-best 19 points in the win for the Mount, which shot 53.5 percent from the field as a team.
ABOUT FDU: The Knights had lost seven in a row before defeating Wagner by a 72-70 final score last time out on Jan. 17. FDU center Erika Livermore, who averages 17.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, posted her eighth double-double of the season in the win over Wagner with 22 points and 21 boards. Kelsey Cruz is the Knights' leading scorer with 17.6 points per contest. FDU enters Monday's game in a three-way tie for eighth place in the NEC standings.
LAST SEASON VS. FDU: The Mountaineers won both meetings with FDU during the 2013-14 campaign. In the first matchup in Hackensack, the Mount held a three-point halftime advantage before exploding for 51 points in the second half for an 88-70 victory. Sydney Henderson led the Mount with 22 points, while Kelsey Cruz posted a game-best 31 points for the Knights.
On Feb. 22, 2014, the Mount doubled up FDU, 70-35, for the largest margin of victory for the Mountaineers since the 2010-11 season. Then-senior Rachel Mathews netted 15 points, including her first career three-pointer for the Mount. The Mount's defense held FDU to 11 second-half points.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS.THE KNIGHTS: Mount St. Mary's has won three in a row versus the Knights and leads the all-time series by a 27-21 margin. The Mount has gone 9-13 at Stratis Arena dating back to the Mount's first season in the Northeast Conference in 1989-90. The two sides have met twice in NEC Championship Games with the Knights pulling out victories in the 1990 and 1992 finals.
BREWER'S MILESTONE CHASE: With 962 career points, senior guard Jacqueline Brewer is 38 away from becoming the fifth player to reach 1,000 points while playing for eighth-year Head Coach Bryan Whitten at the Mount. Brewer scored 120 points during her freshman season at VCU in 2010-11. During her Mount career, she has scored 842 points.
FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK: The Mount's current four-game winning streak is the longest active streak in the NEC. The Mountaineers are outscoring their opponents by an average of 5.3 points per game during the stretch, while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from three-point range. Junior Sarafina Arthur-Williams, who is averaging 6.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season, has boosted her production to 11.0 points and 8.0 boards per game in her last four.
UP NEXT: The Mount returns home to Knott Arena to face Saint Francis U on Saturday, Jan. 24, as part of the winter Homecoming celebration. The 5 p.m. tip-off is the second half of a basketball doubleheader and follows the men's game versus Saint Francis U.