MOUNT ST. MARY'S (6-11, 4-2 NEC) vs. SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY (2-15, 1-5 NEC)
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 | 5 p.m. | Homecoming
Knott Arena | Emmitsburg, Md.
MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's looks to get back to its winning ways with Saturday's home game versus Saint Francis U as part of the winter Homecoming celebration. The Mount had won four in a row before dropping a road decision at Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday. The team's leading scorer with 12.8 points per game, Jacqueline Brewer is 25 points away from reaching 1,000 for her collegiate career.
GAME DETAILS: The women's game will serve as the nightcap to a doubleheader versus Saint Francis with the men's game tipping off at 2:30 p.m. The game will be live streamed on NECFrontRow.com with radio coverage being provided by 1450 AM The Source.
LAST TIME OUT: The Mount suffered a 78-56 road defeat at FDU on Monday afternoon at Stratis Arena. Sarafina Arthur-Williams registered 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Mount, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Jenn Carney posted 15 points and a career-high five assists, while Jacqueline Brewer chipped in with 13 points. The Mount could not overcome 22 turnovers on the day.
ABOUT SAINT FRANCIS U: Last year's NEC runner-up, Saint Francis currently sits 10th in the regular season standings. The Red Flash's run-and-gun offense features the nation's fourth-leading scorer Alexa Hayward, who averages 24.0 points per game. After losing to Wagner and beating Robert Morris in the first two NEC games this season, the Red Flash has lost four in a row entering Saturday. The NEC's third-highest scoring offense at 68.5 points per game, 41.0 percent of SFU's shots are three-pointers.
LAST SEASON VS. THE RED FLASH: During the 2013-14 season, the Mount and Saint Francis split the two regular season meetings before the Red Flash got the better of the Mount in the NEC Semifinals.
After dropping an 81-66 road decision on Jan. 20, the Mount bounced back with a convincing 97-80 home victory on Feb. 24 thanks to 25 points from Sydney Henderson and 22 from Jenn Carney. The 97 points were the most for the Mount under eighth-year Head Coach Bryan Whitten.
In the NEC Semifinals at Knott Arena, the second-seeded Mountaineers cut a 16-point deficit down to one in the final minute but could not complete the comeback in a 68-63 defeat to the third-seeded Red Flash.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. THE RED FLASH: Saint Francis has won nine of the last 10 meetings between the two programs and leads the all-time series 30-27. The Mount won 11 of the first 12 matchups dating back to the first meeting in 1988. In games at Knott Arena, the Mount has posted an 18-12 record versus Saint Francis.
CONNECTIONS WITH SAINT FRANCIS: During the 2006-07 season, Mount St. Mary's Head Coach Bryan Whitten and Saint Francis Head Coach Joe Haigh were on staff together at VCU. Serving under then-Head Coach Beth Cunningham (now Associate Head Coach at Notre Dame), Whitten was an assistant coach, while Haigh worked as the Director of Basketball Operations.
1,000 AROUND THE CORNER: With 975 career points, senior guard Jacqueline Brewer is 25 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 855 points.
NORTHEAST CONFERENCE STANDINGS: With 12 regular season NEC games left including Saturday, the Mount is tied with Robert Morris for third in the standings at 4-2. Bryant and Central Connecticut are both one game up at 5-1 in a tie for first place. Sacred Heart checks in fifth with four teams sitting in a tie for sixth.
UP NEXT: The Mount welcomes defending NEC Champion Robert Morris to Knott Arena for Monday night's game. The Mountaineers lost at RMU earlier this season by a 66-44 final score.