Mount Women's Basketball Hosts LIU Brooklyn in Crucial Game in NEC Playoff Race

Mount Women's Basketball Hosts LIU Brooklyn in Crucial Game in NEC Playoff Race

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-19, 5-10 NEC) vs. LIU BROOKLYN (8-18, 5-10 NEC)
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 | 7 p.m.
Knott Arena | Emmitsburg, Md.

Video: NECFrontRow.com (Tim Murray, Roy Sigler)

GAME NOTES | LIVE STATS | @MountAthletics

MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's enters Monday's game versus LIU Brooklyn looking to strengthen its position in the Northeast Conference playoff race. With three games left, the Mount and LIU are tied for seventh in the NEC standings with the top eight qualifying for the tournament.

LAST TIME OUT: The Mount fell victim to a last-second tip-in by FDU's Erika Livermore with 0.3 seconds left in Saturday's 54-52 home loss at Knott Arena. Mount center Sarafina Arthur-Williams led all scorers with 17 points in the loss.

The Mount finished with three players in double figures with freshman Stacey Koutris and senior Jenn Carney posting 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Mountaineers led by as many as nine points with 8:06 remaining before FDU stormed back to steal the win. 

ABOUT LIU BROOKLYN: The Blackbirds had lost three in a row before a dominating 75-47 home win over Wagner on Saturday. LIU Brooklyn, which has gone 2-10 on the road this season, is led by guard Sophie Bhasin and her 15.8 points per game. Shanovia Dove, the Blackbirds' second leading scorer at 8.1 points per game, is coming off a 26-point effort last time out versus Wagner.

LAST TIME VS. LIU BROOKLYN: A balanced attack featuring four players scoring in double figures led the Mount to a 76-69 victory over LIU Brooklyn at Barclays Center on Jan. 17. Making their second-ever appearance at Barclays Center, the Mountaineers were led by Jacqueline Brewer, who shot 5-for-9 from the field and finished with a team-best 19 points to pace the offense. Jenn Carney and Sarafina Arthur-Williams added 16 points apiece, while Jody Chickey chipped in with 12.

For the Blackbirds, Sophie Bhasin recorded a game-high 23 points with Shanovia Dove and Shanie Vaughan scoring 13 and 11 points, respectively.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. LIU BROOKLYN: Mount St. Mary's won its first 23 games versus LIU Brooklyn from 1990-2001. LIU then turned the tables and won 17 of the next 21 meetings. The Mount has won the last five matchups entering Monday's game and leads the all-time series, 32-17.

NEC PLAYOFF PICTURE: Four spots in the upcoming Northeast Conference Tournament have already been claimed with four more up for grabs. Bryant, Central Connecticut and Robert Morris are in a three-way tie for first place at 12-3 in NEC games and are already guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. At 8-6, Sacred Heart has also solidified its place in the tournament. St. Francis Brooklyn (7-8) and FDU (5-9) are No. 5 and No. 6 but have not locked up a tournament berth, with the Mount and LIU Brooklyn tied for seventh at 5-10. Tied for ninth are Wagner and Saint Francis U at 4-11.

1,000 POINTS AGAIN: Senior Jacqueline Brewer has scored 995 points in her Mount St. Mary's career since transferring from VCU. Brewer scored 120 points for the Rams in 2010-11 and has recorded 1,115 points in her career overall. She reached 1,000 overall career points earlier this season on Jan. 24 versus Saint Francis U. Brewer would become the 27th player to reach 1,000 career points in a Mount uniform and the fifth under eighth-year Head Coach Bryan Whitten.

UP NEXT: The Mount plays its final home game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 28, versus Wagner at 4:30 p.m. The Mount will host Senior Day as well as the 1995 Anniversary Celebration, which was rescheduled from Feb. 21.