Emmitsburg, Md. (February 28, 2015) – Senior Jenn Carney (Drexel Hill, Pa.) poured in a team-high 23 points to lift the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team to a 68-65 Senior Day victory over Wagner at Knott Arena on Saturday evening to clinch a Northeast Conference Tournament berth for the 24th time in 26 seasons in the league.
With seeding still to be determined, the Mount (8-20, 6-11 NEC) secured a spot with the win coupled with Saint Francis U's loss at Robert Morris. Entering Monday's regular season finale, the Mount is locked up in a three-way tie with Fairleigh Dickinson and LIU Brooklyn for sixth place.
Playing her final career game at Knott Arena, Carney knocked down a pair of free throws with 6.7 seconds left to give the Mount a five-point lead and put the game out of reach. Junior Sarafina Arthur-Williams (Potomac, Md.) recorded a double-double for the second-consecutive game with 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while senior Jacqueline Brewer (Martinsburg, W.Va.) added 14 points and five boards.
Wagner (6-22, 4-13 NEC), which was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss, led by as many as nine points with 16:46 remaining, but could not hold on to the advantage. Jasmine Nwajei led all scorers on the night with 29 points.
The Seahawks took a 9-8 advantage with 13:24 left on the first half clock on a Nwajei three pointer. The Mountaineers would score the game's next six points finished off by a jumper by Kayla Bates (Tyrone, Pa.) for a 14-9 edge, which was the largest lead for either side in the half.
Trailing by one point on the final possession of the opening half, Arthur-Williams cleaned up a miss on the offensive glass and finished a layup as the buzzer sounded for a 27-26 halftime lead.
Brewer notched the first basket of the second half before Wagner went on a 14-2 run that included three pointers from four different players for a 40-31 lead early.
The Seahawks would continue to hold the lead until Arthur-Williams converted a layup to pull the Mount even at 49-49 with 8:53 left. The Mount, which went on to take a six-point advantage with 4:54 remaining, would knock down eight free throws in the closing 1:47 to maintain the lead.
Mount St. Mary's held a 31-26 rebounding edge and shot 47.9 percent from the field in the victory.
The Mount will conclude the regular season with a road game at Saint Francis U on Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Mount improves to 39-15 in the all-time series versus Wagner… The Mount earned a season sweep of the Seahawks.