Fairfield, Conn. (January 31, 2015) – Trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half, the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team stormed all the way back to force overtime before running out of gas in a 71-64 road loss at the hands of Sacred Heart at the William H. Pitt Center on Saturday in Northeast Conference action.
Playing on ESPN3 for the first time this season, the Mount (7-13, 5-4 NEC) was able to force overtime when Sarafina Arthur-Williams corralled an offensive rebound and finished a layup with 3.5 seconds left in regulation to knot the score at 62-62.
Sacred Heart (9-9, 4-4 NEC) called a timeout setting up Hannah Kimmel's desperation three-pointer, which hit off the backboard and out to send the game into overtime.
In the five-minute overtime session, the Pioneers outscored the Mount by a 9-2 margin to secure the victory.
At the heart of the Mount's comeback was senior Jenn Carney, who scored 20 of her team-high 24 points in the second half. Jacqueline Brewer and Arthur-Williams also reached double figures with totals of 12 and 11 points, respectively. Arthur-Williams added 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.
Sacred Heart dominated the early portion of the game as the Mountaineers struggled from the field, missing their first six shots. SHU's Gabrielle Washington, who exploded for 25 first-half points en route to a 29-point effort, notched 15 of the team's first 19 points as the Pioneers jumped out to a 19-6 advantage with 12 minutes left before halftime.
The Sacred Heart lead grew to 19 points with 7:20 showing on the first-half clock thanks to a 10-2 run before taking a 37-23 halftime edge.
The Mount chipped away and briefly cut the Pioneers' lead to seven when Carney converted a four-point play nailing a three-pointer as she was fouled, then hitting her free throw to put the score at 47-40 with 13:03 remaining in the second half. Sacred Heart responded with the next seven points to extend the lead back up to 14 with 11:10 left.
Battling back, the Mountaineers trailed by just three at 61-58 with two minutes left in regulation. Jody Chickey's layup with 1:26 left in the second half trimmed the deficit to 61-60. The Mount then fouled Kimmel, who hit one free throw with 19.5 seconds left for a 62-60 SHU edge.
Arthur-Williams rebounded Kimmel's miss on her second free-throw attempt before cleaning up a Mount miss on the other end and finishing the game-tying layup with 3.5 seconds left.
Chickey posted a solid all-around game with eight points, six rebounds and five assists. SHU held a slight 41-35 rebounding edge, but turned the ball over 18 times to the Mount's 16 turnovers.
The Mount continues its road swing with a Monday night game at St. Francis Brooklyn at 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Mount fell to 5-25 versus Sacred Heart in the all-time series… The Mount's road record in the series now stands at 1-15.