Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. (February 2, 2015) – The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team could not overcome a big first-half run by St. Francis Brooklyn in a 52-46 Northeast Conference road loss at the Pope Physical Education Center on Monday night. Jacqueline Brewer paced the Mount's offense with 12 points.
After taking a 10-point advantage in the first half, Mount St. Mary's (7-14, 5-5 NEC) saw the Terriers (7-15, 4-6 NEC) reel off the next 16 points to steal the momentum heading into halftime en route to victory. The Mount was forced to play catch-up throughout the second half.
The Mount, which shot 43.6 percent from the field, received balanced scoring from its starters with Jenn Carney scoring nine points, Sarafina Arthur-Williams and Jody Chickey adding eight apiece, with Jessica Harris chipping in with seven to go with Brewer's 12.
Three Terriers finished in double figures with Sarah Benedetti leading all scorers with 15 and Eilidh Simpson posting 14 for the home side.
The Mountaineers controlled the game in the early stages with Brewer hitting a tough layup as the shot clock was running down followed by a three-pointer from straight away to give the Mount a 7-2 lead in the opening five minutes. The Mount, which forced 14 turnovers on the night, turned St. Francis over six times in the first five minutes with Carney taking two charges to lead the defensive effort.
The Mount was able to build up a 10-point advantage at 21-11 on Chickey's jumper with 6:36 left before halftime. Over the next 5:35 however, the Terriers clamped down on defense, keeping the Mountaineers off the scoreboard while scoring 16-consecutive points for a 27-21 advantage.
Chickey ended the St. Francis run with another jumper with 1:01 left in the half before Simpson nailed a three with eight seconds left to give the Terriers a 30-23 lead going into the locker rooms.
In second half action, Simpson's right corner three extended the Terriers' lead up to 44-34 with 9:45 left, before the Mount held St. Francis scoreless for the next four minutes, cutting the deficit to 44-39 during the stretch.
The Terriers' edge grew back to nine points on Simpson's jumper with 1:24 showing on the clock for a 52-43 St. Francis lead. The Mountaineers scored the final three points of the game, but it was not enough to avoid their third-consecutive loss.
After 10 turnovers in the first half, the Terriers turned the ball over just four times in the closing 20 minutes, while holding a slight 23-22 rebounding edge in the contest.
Next up, the Mount makes a trip to New England to face Central Connecticut on Saturday, Feb. 7, and Bryant on Monday, Feb. 9.
GAME NOTES: The Mount and St. Francis Brooklyn split the season series with Mount St. Mary's winning the first meeting by a 56-48 final score on Jan. 10 in Emmitsburg, Md. … The Mount falls to 48-4 overall in the all-time series versus St. Francis Brooklyn and 22-3 on the road in the series.