MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-20, 5-11 NEC) vs. WAGNER (6-21, 4-12 NEC)
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 | 4:30 p.m.
Knott Arena | Emmitsburg, Md.
SENIOR DAY/1995 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
MOUNT UPDATE: Mount St. Mary's concludes a five-game homestand with Saturday's contest versus Wagner at 4:30 p.m. The Mount currently occupies the eighth and final Northeast Conference playoff spot with two games remaining. A win over Wagner coupled with a Saint Francis U loss at third-place Robert Morris would guarantee the Mount a spot in the playoffs.
SENIOR DAY: The Mount will honor seniors Jacqueline Brewer and Jenn Carney prior to Saturday's game with a Senior Day ceremony. Brewer, who scored her 1,000th career point in a Mount uniform on Monday versus LIU Brooklyn, has tallied 1,129 total points including her time as a freshman at VCU. Now in her third season with the Mount, Brewer became the 27th player to score 1,000 career points for Mount St. Mary's. Carney, who is a three-time NEC Academic Honor Roll honoree, is second on the team with 10.8 points per game this season. She has compiled 541 career points and has scored in double figures on 12 occasions as a senior.
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. The teams were originally scheduled to be honored at last Saturday's game, but the event was postponed due to inclement weather.
LAST TIME OUT: The Mount 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. Jacqueline Brewer scored all of her team-high 14 points in the first half for the Mount. Junior Sarafina 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, Sophie Bhasin led all scorers with 15 points.
ABOUT WAGNER: The Seahawks have lost three in a row and are still alive in the NEC playoff picture despite a 4-12 conference record. Sophomore Jasmine Nwajei ranks second in the nation with 24.5 points per game, while Jordyn Peck is second on the team with 12.0 points per game. Defensively, Nwajei also leads the league in steals per game with 3.30.
LAST TIME VS. WAGNER: After Wagner's Jasmine Nwajei tied the score at 58-58 with 8.8 seconds left, Mount guard Jacqueline Brewer took the inbounds pass the length of the floor and hit the game-winning jumper with 2.2 seconds left for a 60-58 victory in the first meeting at Wagner on Jan. 5.
The tight contest featured 10 lead changes and seven ties, including three in the final five minutes. Brewer tied for the team lead with 13 points on the night, while Sarafina Arthur-Williams turned in her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. For the Seahawks, Nwajei notched a game-high 21 points on 8-for-33 shooting.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. WAGNER: The Mount has won nine-consecutive games versus the Seahawks and holds a 38-15 lead in the all-time series. Eighth-year Head Coach Bryan Whitten is 11-5 versus Wagner since taking over the program prior to the 2007-08 season. In home games in the series, the Mount is 20-7 versus Wagner.
NEC PLAYOFFS: Bryant, Central Connecticut, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart and St. Francis Brooklyn have all clinched NEC Tournament berths. FDU and LIU Brooklyn are tied for sixth in the standings with 6-10 conference records. If the Mount wins on Saturday and Saint Francis U loses, the Mount secures a playoff berth. Any other combination would force the playoffs to come down to tiebreakers and Monday's results.
UP NEXT: The Mount closes the regular season with a road game at Saint Francis U on Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m.