Emmitsburg, Md. (January 24, 2015) – Senior Jacqueline Brewer scored a game-high 25 points and reached the 1,000 career point mark in the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team's 74-64 overtime victory over Saint Francis U on Saturday evening at Knott Arena as part of the Winter Homecoming celebration.
After heading into overtime tied at 57-57, the Mount (7-11, 5-2 Northeast Conference) outscored Saint Francis (2-16, 1-6 NEC) by a 17-7 margin in the five-minute overtime period for the team's fifth win in its last six games.
With the score knotted at 59 apiece in the overtime session, the Mountaineers scored the game's next eight points to take control with a 67-59 lead with 2:02 left. During the stretch, Brewer reached the 1,000-point plateau with a free throw with 2:50 remaining.
Brewer, who scored 120 points as a freshman at VCU before transferring to the Mount, became the fifth player to reach 1,000 career points while playing for eighth-year head coach Bryan Whitten at Mount St. Mary's.
Senior Jenn Carney connected on six free throws in the final 1:18 to seal the win for the home side. Carney finished as the Mount's second leading scorer with 19 points, while junior Sarafina Arthur-Williams notched her third career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
For the visiting Red Flash, Aisha Brock tallied 19 points to lead the offense with Corissa Archer adding 18. Alexa Hayward also picked up a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists.
The Mount was able to take a two-point lead at 56-54 with 57.8 seconds left in regulation on two Carney free throws. Hayward made one free throw for the Red Flash and Jessica Harris knocked one down on the other end for the Mount to maintain a two-point advantage. Hayward missed the potential game-tying layup with 15 seconds left, but Saint Francis grabbed the offensive board setting up Cydney Smith's layup with 5.7 seconds remaining to force overtime. It was the only basket of the game for Smith.
The Red Flash shot out of the gate, jumping out to an 11-5 lead four minutes into the game. Saint Francis led for more than 14 minutes in the first half before Brewer's three pointer from just inside halfcourt gave the Mount a 31-29 halftime edge.
Saint Francis boosted its lead back to seven points at 48-41 with 10 minutes left in the second half on Archer's layup off a Hayward feed. The Mount chipped away over the next nine minutes, taking a two-point lead on Carney's free throws in the final minute before SFU forced overtime.
Both teams shot an identical 36.5 percent from the field, but the Mount was able to connect on 21-of-31 free throw attempts, while the Red Flash finished 3-of-8 from the charity stripe.
On the boards, both teams grabbed 48 rebounds. In addition to 11 boards for Arthur-Williams, junior point guard Jody Chickey recorded 11 rebounds, more than doubling her previous career high of five boards.
The Mount will return to Knott Arena to face Robert Morris on Monday night at 7 p.m. in another Northeast Conference battle.
GAME NOTES: The Mount improves to 5-1 at home this season… The Mount runs its record to 28-30 versus Saint Francis U in the all-time series… Brewer now has 1,000 career points. She scored 120 as a freshman at VCU and has 880 for the Mount.