MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-17, 5-8 NEC) vs. SACRED HEART (12-10, 7-5 NEC)
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 | 7 p.m.
Knott Arena | Emmitsburg, Md.
MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's, which has lost its last two games by a combined four points, looks to bounce back with Monday's home game versus Sacred Heart. Looking to snap a six-game slide, the Mount held the NEC's highest scoring team, Bryant (72.8 ppg), to just 55 points on Saturday in a home loss. Seniors Jacqueline Brewer (13.4 ppg) and Jenn Carney (11.0 ppg) account for 43.6 percent of the Mount's 56.2 points per game this season.
LAST TIME OUT: Facing Bryant for the second time in a week, the Mount dropped a 55-53 decision at Knott Arena on Saturday. Junior Sarafina Arthur-Williams scored all of her team-leading 10 points in the first half and added eight rebounds to lead the Mountaineers.
Mount St. Mary's tied the score at 53-53 on a layup from Kathleen Belanger-Finn with 15.2 seconds left in the game, but Bryant's Jenniqua Bailey hit a pair of free throws with 9.7 seconds left to give the Bulldogs the victory.
ABOUT SACRED HEART: The Pioneers had their four-game winning streak snapped in a 77-53 road loss at St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday, Feb. 14. Hannah Kimmel, Gabrielle Washington and Adaysha Williams all average double-digit points led by Kimmel at 16.5 points per game. Kimmel is also the squad's leading rebounder at 9.0 boards per contest. The Pioneers have gone 5-7 in games played away from the William H. Pitt Center in Fairfield, Conn.
LAST TIME VS. SACRED HEART: 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 Sacred Heart on Jan. 31. The Mount forced the extra session 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. In the five-minute overtime session, the Pioneers outscored the Mount by a 9-2 margin to secure the victory.
Senior Jenn Carney scored 20 of her team-high 24 points in the second half to fuel the comeback. 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.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. SACRED HEART: The Mount's record versus Sacred Heart stands at 5-25 in the all-time series entering Monday. The Mount won three of the first four meetings with Sacred Heart dating back to the first meeting on Jan. 20, 2000. Sacred Heart went on to win 13 in a row over the Mount until Bryan Whitten's first season in 2007-08. After a victory by the Mount on Jan. 19, 2008, SHU won 10 in a row in the series before the Mount's 76-63 victory on Feb. 15, 2014.
MOUNT AT KNOTT ARENA: Mount St. Mary's, which posted an 11-4 record at Knott Arena during the 2013-14 season, is 53-53 at home under eighth-year Head Coach Bryan Whitten. Since the venue opened prior to the 1987-88 campaign, Mount St. Mary's has put together a 241-122 record. Over the last two seasons, the Mount is 16-7 at home.
UP NEXT: The Mount hosts Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 4:30 p.m. as the second game of a home doubleheader. The Mount's men's team will face FDU at 2 p.m. Saturday will mark the celebration of the 1995 NEC Championship teams for men's and women's basketball. Members of the '93 and '94 women's basketball NEC Championship squads will also be recognized.