MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-18, 5-9 NEC) vs. FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON (7-17, 4-9 NEC)
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 | 4:30 p.m.
Knott Arena | Emmitsburg, Md.
1995 Northeast Conference Championship Anniversary Celebration
MOUNT UPDATE: The sixth-place Mountaineers host seventh-place Fairleigh Dickinson as part of a basketball doubleheader on Saturday. Jacqueline Brewer, who scored 120 points as a freshman at VCU and reached 1,000 for her collegiate career earlier this season, is approaching 1,000 in a Mount uniform. Brewer has racked up 1,108 points for her career and 988 during her time at the Mount.
1995 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Mount St. Mary's will celebrate the 1995 Northeast Conference Championship men's and women's basketball teams on Saturday. The Mount will also recognize members of the 1993 and 1994 NEC women's basketball championship squads.
GAME DETAILS: The women's game will follow the men's basketball game versus FDU at 2 p.m. Both games will be live streamed through NECFrontRow.com, and radio coverage will be provided by 1450 AM The Source.
LAST TIME OUT: Jacqueline Brewer dropped 28 points, tying a career high, but it was not enough in a 66-60 home loss to Sacred Heart at Knott Arena on Monday night. Sacred Heart shot 49.1 percent from the field and capitalized on transition offense with 19 fast break points on the night.
Brewer, who shot 10-for-18 including 5-for-11 from beyond the arc, finished with 20-plus points for the fourth time this season, while junior Jody Chickey dished out six assists to help facilitate the Mount's offense.
ABOUT FDU: The Knights have lost two in a row, most recently falling by a 63-61 margin to second-place Bryant on Monday. Currently in seventh place in the NEC standings, FDU's high-scoring duo of Kelsey Cruz (18.5 ppg) and Erika Livermore (18.3 ppg) rank No. 3 and No. 4 in the NEC in points per game. Livermore also ranks second in the league in rebounding (9.7 rpg) and third in field goal percentage (.480). The Knights have gone 3-10 away from home this season.
LAST TIME VS. FDU: The Mount suffered a 78-56 road defeat at Fairleigh Dickinson on Jan. 19 at Stratis Arena. Junior center Sarafina Arthur-Williams registered 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Mount on the day. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Mount.
Arthur-Williams led three Mount scorers in double figures on the afternoon with Jenn Carney posting 15 points and five assists, and Jacqueline Brewer adding 13 points. For the Knights, which shot 50.0 percent (28-for-56) from the field, Kelsey Cruz finished as the high scorer with 22 points. Valerie Oyakhilome also made four three-pointers as part of a 14-point effort for the home side.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. FDU: Mount St. Mary's had won three in a row versus the Knights before a 78-56 road loss on Jan. 19. The Mountaineers lead the all-time series by a 27-22 margin and have gone 17-8 at home versus the Knights. The two sides have met twice in NEC Championship Games with FDU pulling out victories in the 1990 and 1992 finals.
20-POINT GAMES: Jacqueline Brewer secured her fourth 20-plus point performance with 28 on Monday versus Sacred Heart. The senior from Martinsburg, W.Va. has 11 games in her Mount career with 20 or more points. Fellow senior Jenn Carney is second on the team with three 20-plus point games on the year.
NEC PLAYOFF PICTURE: Robert Morris, Bryant and Central Connecticut have all locked up NEC Tournament berths. The Mount currently sits sixth in the standings with the top eight teams qualifying for the tournament. The Mount's final four regular season games are against teams below them in the standings with FDU, LIU Brooklyn, Wagner and Saint Francis U on the schedule.
MOUNT AT KNOTT ARENA: The Mount has gone 53-54 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 241-123 record. Over the last two seasons, the Mount is 16-8 at home.
UP NEXT: The Mountaineers will host LIU Brooklyn on Monday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.