MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-13, 5-4 NEC) at ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN (6-15, 3-6 NEC)
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 | 5 p.m.
Pope Physical Education Center | Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.
MOUNT UPDATE: Looking to bounce back from a 71-64 overtime loss at Sacred Heart on Saturday, the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team heads to the Pope Physical Education Center for Monday night's showdown at St. Francis Brooklyn. The Mountaineers are standing alone in fourth place in the Northeast Conference standings, while the Terriers are tied with LIU Brooklyn for seventh. The Mount's offense is led by a pair of high-scoring seniors in Jacqueline Brewer (13.5 ppg) and Jenn Carney (11.6 ppg).
LAST TIME OUT: Trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half, the Mount 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.
Playing on ESPN3 for the first time this season, the Mount 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. Arthur-Williams finished with a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Jenn Carney scored 20 of her team-high 24 points in the second half for the Mount.
ABOUT ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN: The Terriers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 62-53 win over crosstown rival LIU Brooklyn on Saturday. St. Francis Brooklyn boasts the top defense in the Northeast Conference, allowing a league-low 62.2 points per game, while also turning the ball over a league low 14.6 times per game. Offensively, four players are averaging double figures headlined by Eilidh Simpson and her 13.2 points per game. Leah Fechko is the Terriers' leading rebounder with 8.2 per game while also adding 10.6 points per contest for third-year Head Coach John Thurston.
LAST TIME VS. ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN: In the first meeting between the two sides on Jan. 10 at Knott Arena, Jenn Carney led all scorers with 19 points, and Jacqueline Brewer added her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the Mount's 56-48 win over the Terriers. The Mountaineers used a strong defensive effort, holding St. Francis Brooklyn to just 48 points and 8.3 percent shooting (1-for-12) from three-point range. It was the first time the Mount held an opponent under 50 points this season.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN: Mount St. Mary's has dominated the all-time series with St. Francis Brooklyn with 48 wins in the 51 all-time meetings. Eighth-year Head Coach Bryan Whitten has posted a 14-3 overall mark against St. Francis Brooklyn. The last time the two sides squared off in Brooklyn Heights, the Terriers handed the Mount a 52-47 loss on Jan. 4, 2014, just the Mount's second road loss in the series. The Mount has gone 22-2 all-time at St. Francis Brooklyn.
STARTS IN THE NEC: Through nine games, the Mount is 5-4 in the Northeast Conference, tying for its best start in league play under Bryan Whitten. The team also went 5-4 in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Last year, the Mount was 5-4 in the NEC before reeling off eight-consecutive wins.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Sarafina Arthur-Williams added her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds last time out versus Sacred Heart. Jacqueline Brewer is the only other Mount player with a double-double this season.
MOUNT IN THE EMPIRE STATE: Monday's game will mark the fifth for the Mount in the state of New York. The Mountaineers have picked up road wins against NEC opponents Wagner and LIU Brooklyn with nonconference losses at Niagara and Fordham.
UP NEXT: The Mount heads to New England to face Central Connecticut on Saturday and Bryant on Monday.