Mount Women’s Basketball Sees Comeback Fall Short in 74-72 Overtime Loss at Bryant

Mount Women’s Basketball Sees Comeback Fall Short in 74-72 Overtime Loss at Bryant

Smithfield, R.I. (February 9, 2015) -- The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team erased a 10-point second half deficit to force overtime before dropping a 74-72 road decision versus Bryant at the Chace Athletic Center on Monday night in Northeast Conference play.

Concluding a four-game road trip, the Mount (7-16, 5-7 NEC) knotted the score at 67-67 on a lefty layup by Jacqueline Brewer (Martinsburg, W.Va.) with 14.3 seconds remaining in the second half. Bryant (16-7, 9-3 NEC) had a chance for the win in regulation, but Jenniqua Bailey's shot caromed off the rim and out as time expired.

In overtime, the Bulldogs built a three-point lead at 73-70 on Bailey's layup with 2:31 left. A Jessica Harris (Woodbridge, Va.) layup cut the Mount's deficit to 73-72 in the final minute before Bailey made one of two free throws with 17.1 seconds on the clock. On the Mount's final possession, Jody Chickey's (Bethlehem, Pa.) contested three was off the mark.

For the Mount, Harris led four scorers in double figures with 15 on the night. Brewer scored 14 points with Jenn Carney (Drexel Hill, Pa.) and Chickey adding 12 and 11 points apiece.

On the other end, Breanna Rucker led all scorers with 23 points and picked up a double-double with 11 rebounds, while Morgan Olander also finished with a double-double for the Bulldogs with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Mount, which found itself down 10 with just under 15 minutes left, clawed its way back into the game throughout the second half. The Mountaineers put themselves in a position to head to overtime thanks to defensive pressure. The Mount forced five-consecutive turnovers, before Carney nailed a three-pointer to trim the deficit to 63-61, and floated a pass to Sarafina Arthur-Williams (Potomac, Md.), who finished a layup to tie the score at 63-63 with 2:16 left.

Bryant was again able to take a two-point edge before Brewer's layup with 1:09 left in the second half knotted the score at 65-65. After stops on both ends, Bailey was fouled and made both free throws with 22.6 seconds left before Brewer's layup with 14.3 seconds remaining forced the Mount's third overtime game this season.  

The Mountaineers controlled the early portion of the contest and took their largest lead of the game at 10-4 on Carney's three off a Brewer assist 3:32 into the game. A 15-2 run by the Bulldogs over the next four-plus minutes turned the Mount's six-point advantage into a seven-point deficit at 19-12 with 12:39 left in the opening half.

In an up and down first half, the Mount battled back and took a 22-20 lead on another Brewer make from three-point range. A 13-4 run over the final seven minutes helped Bryant take a 38-30 halftime advantage.

Olander scored all 11 of her points in the second half to help Bryant grow its lead to 10 points at 46-36 with just under 15 minutes on the clock.

Rebounding helped the Mount get back in the game in the second half, holding a 19-12 edge on the glass in the half. The Mount also turned over the Bulldogs 10 times in the second half, leading to nine points off turnovers.

The Mount shot 44.3 percent from the field, while Bryant finished 42.6 percent on field goals. Both teams scored 36 points apiece in the paint in the game.  

The same two teams will square off on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, Md. The Mount will host its annual Play 4Kay game to raise awareness about breast cancer.

GAME NOTES: The Mount's record in the all-time series versus Bryant slips to 7-3 and 3-2 in games in Smithfield... The Mount and Bryant have played four overtime games in the 10 all-time meetings.