Emmitsburg, Md. (February 23, 2015) – The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team trimmed an eight-point deficit down to one in the final minute, but could not complete the comeback in a 48-45 Northeast Conference home loss to LIU Brooklyn on Monday night at Knott Arena. Senior Jacqueline Brewer (Martinsburg, W.Va.) scored all of her team-high 14 points in the first half for the Mount.
Trailing 44-36 with 4:46 left, the Mount (7-10, 5-11 NEC) went on a 7-1 run capped by a layup from Sarafina Arthur-Williams (Potomac, Md.) to cut the lead for LIU Brooklyn (9-18, 6-10 NEC) down to 45-43 with 2:44 left.
After a free throw from LIU's Shanice Vaughan, Jody Chickey (Bethlehem, Pa.) scored her only two points of the night on a driving layup with 20.9 seconds left to trim the deficit to 46-45. LIU was able to win the game at the free throw line with single makes from Letava Whippy and Sophie Bhasin in the final 17.5 seconds. Brewer's potential game-tying three pointer in the waning seconds bounced off the rim and out for the Mount.
On the night, Brewer reached 1,000 points in a Mount uniform on a three-pointer with 16:29 remaining in the first half. Brewer, who scored 120 points as a freshman at VCU, reached 1,000 for her overall college career on Jan. 24. Now in her third season with the Mount, Brewer becomes the 27th player to score 1,000 career points for Mount St. Mary's.
Arthur-Williams also turned in a strong night, finishing with her fifth double-double with 10 points to go with a team-best 10 boards. On the other end for the Blackbirds, Bhasin led all scorers with 15 points.
The Mountaineers smothered LIU in the early going, holding the Blackbirds without a field goal for the first 3:20 of the game. The Mount jumped out to a 14-2 advantage on back-to-back layups from Brewer with 14:04 left in the half.
The Blackbirds would cut the Mount's lead down to three in the first half, but the Mount was able to take a 25-19 edge into halftime. The Mount led for 17:52 of the opening 20 minutes.
LIU quickly erased the deficit with the first seven points of the second half for a 26-25 lead. Arthur-Williams broke up the run with a layup before the Blackbirds tallied the next eight points to seize a 34-27 lead with 13:42 remaining. LIU grew its lead to as much as nine points at 39-29 with 10 minutes left before the Mountaineers clawed back into the game with their comeback falling three points short.
The Mount held the Blackbirds to 30.9 percent shooting, including a 20.0 percent clip from three-point range. Offensively, the Mountaineers finished 34.0 percent from the floor and 38.5 percent from distance with the Blackbirds holding a 40-33 rebounding edge.
The Mount is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 28, for the final home game of the season versus Wagner. Saturday's game will serve as Senior Day as well as the 1995 Anniversary Celebration.