Hackensack, N.J. (January 19, 2015) – The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team suffered a 78-56 road defeat at Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday afternoon at Stratis Arena. Junior center Sarafina Arthur-Williams registered 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Mount on the day.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Mount (6-11, 4-2 Northeast Conference), while FDU (5-12, 2-4 NEC) won its second NEC game in a row.
Arthur-Williams led three Mount scorers in double figures on the afternoon with Jenn Carney posting 15 points and five assists, and Jacqueline Brewer adding 13 points. For the Knights, which shot 50.0 percent (28-for-56) from the field, Kelsey Cruz finished as the high scorer with 22 points. Valerie Oyakhilome also made four three-pointers as part of a 14-point effort for the home side.
In the early portion of the game, FDU took a 14-8 edge when Kiana Brown banked in a jumper from the free throw line with six minutes gone. Later in the half, three-pointers on back-to-back possessions from Carney and Brewer pulled the Mount within two at 16-14.
The Mount tied the score at 20-20 on Jody Chickey's jumper from the left elbow as the shot clock was expiring with 8:20 left in the first half. After a stop on the defensive end, Chickey finished at the rim off an assist from Arthur-Williams for a 22-20 lead.
The Knights, which shot 48.4 percent in the opening 20 minutes, were able to respond with a 16-5 run over the last seven minutes of the half to take a nine-point advantage into the locker rooms at 36-27. Brewer led all scorers with eight first-half points.
The Mount pulled to within six at 38-32 by pushing the ball to the low post. Arthur-Williams scored seven of the team's first nine points of the second half to aid the Mount's comeback attempt.
After FDU's lead grew to 11, the Knights utilized a 7-0 run for a 63-45 advantage with 7:26 remaining. The rest of the way, the Mount cut the deficit down to 14 points, but that was as close as the visitors would get as FDU pulled away.
On the glass, Arthur-Williams grabbed a career-high eight offensive boards as the Mount and FDU tied with 30 rebounds in the game.
The Mount shot 39.6 percent (21-for-53) on the afternoon in defeat.
Next up, the Mount returns to Knott Arena to face Saint Francis U on Saturday, Jan. 24, as part of the winter Homecoming celebration.
GAME NOTES: The Mount's all-time record versus FDU slips to 27-22… Today's loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Mount... Mount St. Mary's had won three in a row over FDU entering Monday.