Mount Women's Basketball Begins Weekend Trip at Central Connecticut

Mount Women's Basketball Begins Weekend Trip at Central Connecticut

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-14, 5-5 NEC) at CENTRAL CONNECTICUT (13-8, 9-1 NEC)
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 | 1 p.m.
Detrick Gymnasium | New Britain, Conn.

Video: NECFrontRow.com

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MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount returns to New England for the second time in as many weekends for a pair of Northeast Conference games beginning with Saturday's showdown at first-place Central Connecticut. Mount St. Mary's currently sits fifth in the NEC standings with eight regular season games remaining. Sarafina Arthur-Williams, who picked up her fourth double-double last weekend, is tied for fifth in the NEC with 8.1 rebounds per game in league play.

GAME DETAILS: Saturday's 1 p.m. tip-off will serve as the first half of a doubleheader at Central Connecticut with the men's game between the Mount and Blue Devils set to get underway at 3:30 p.m. Both games can be viewed live on NECFrontRow.com.  

LAST TIME OUT: The Mountaineers 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 Feb. 2. Jacqueline Brewer paced the Mount's offense with 12 points on the night.

After taking a 10-point advantage in the first half, the Mount saw the Terriers reel off the next 16 points to steal the momentum, forcing the Mount 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.

ABOUT CENTRAL CONNECTICUT: The first-place Blue Devils have won six games in a row and have not tasted defeat since falling to the Mount by a 54-50 final score on Jan. 12 at Knott Arena. CCSU has won its last five home games and is undefeated in home Northeast Conference games this season. Eighth-year head coach Beryl Piper's team leads the NEC in scoring defense (56.2 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.354) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.255) in league games this season. With balanced scoring with seven players averaging 7.0 points or more per game, no CCSU player ranks in the top 20 in the NEC in scoring average. Tejahne Malone leads the Blue Devils' offensive attack with 10.8 points per game.

LAST TIME VS. CCSU: Sarafina Arthur-Williams finished just one rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds to lead the Mount to a 54-50 home victory over first-place Central Connecticut on Jan. 12 at Knott Arena.

Arthur-Williams missed her first five free throws before redeeming herself with a make with 8.2 seconds left to put the game out of reach at 54-50.

LAST SEASON VS. CCSU: The Mount won both matchups with the Blue Devils a year ago. On the road on Jan. 27, the Mountaineers overcame a 15-point first half deficit to defeat Central Connecticut, 64-62. With the score tied at 62-62 with 2.0 seconds remaining, Jacqueline Brewer drained a pair of free throws to give the Mount the win.

In CCSU's return trip to Emmitsburg, Jenn Carney notched a career-high 30 points to carry the Mount to a 69-55 win on Feb. 3. The win was the 300th of Head Coach Bryan Whitten's career. 

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. CCSU: Mount St. Mary's holds a 22-10 advantage in the all-time series versus Central Connecticut. The Mount has gone 9-6 in road contests in the series and has won four in a row overall versus the Blue Devils. Five of the last six meetings have been decided by four points or fewer.

ROAD TESTED: With 14 of the team's 21 games on the road so far this season, the Mount has played the most away games of any Northeast Conference school. Robert Morris has played 13 true road games, while St. Francis Brooklyn has played nine on the road and four at neutral sites.

UP NEXT: The Mount concludes its four-game road swing with a Monday night tilt at Bryant at 7 p.m. at the Chase Athletic Center.