MOUNT ST. MARY'S (8-20, 6-11 NEC) at SAINT FRANCIS U (5-23, 4-13 NEC)
Monday, March 2, 2015 | 7 p.m.
DeGol Arena | Loretto, Pa.
MOUNT UPDATE: With a Northeast Conference Tournament berth clinched, the Mount heads to Loretto, Pa. to take on Saint Francis U for the regular season finale on Monday. Mount St. Mary's punched its ticket to the playoffs with a 68-65 home victory over Wagner on Saturday evening on Senior Day. A win over Saint Francis U would give the Mount a season sweep of the Red Flash for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign.
NEC PLAYOFF PICTURE: The Mount can finish anywhere from sixth to eighth in the NEC regular season standings depending on Monday's results around the league. In the NEC Quarterfinals on Sunday, March 8, the Mount will face Central Connecticut, Bryant or Robert Morris. Central Connecticut has locked up the top spot with Bryant and Robert Morris still fighting for the No. 2 seed.
LAST TIME OUT: Jenn Carney poured in a team-high 23 points as the Mount snapped a nine-game slide by defeating Wagner, 68-65, on Saturday evening at Knott Arena. Sarafina Arthur-Williams added a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Jacqueline Brewer added 14 points. The Mount, which held its Senior Day ceremony prior to the game, outrebounded Wagner by a 31-26 margin.
ABOUT SAINT FRANCIS U: Led by the NEC's second leading scorer Alexa Hayward (22.7 ppg), the Red Flash average 68.4 points per game. Saint Francis U had won two in a row, including one over NEC regular season champion Central Connecticut, but have since dropped three-consecutive games to fall out of the playoff picture. The fast-paced Red Flash turn the ball over 19 times per game and are forcing 19.6 turnovers per game.
LAST TIME VS. SAINT FRANCIS U: Senior Jacqueline Brewer scored a game-high 25 points and reached the 1,000 career point mark in the Mount's 74-64 overtime victory over Saint Francis U on Jan. 24 at Knott Arena as part of the Winter Homecoming celebration. After heading into overtime tied at 57-57, the Mount outscored Saint Francis by a 17-7 margin in the five-minute overtime period.
With the score knotted at 59 apiece in the overtime session, the Mountaineers scored the game's next eight points to take control with a 67-59 lead with 2:02 left. During the stretch, Brewer reached the 1,000-point plateau with a free throw with 2:50 remaining. For the visiting Red Flash, Aisha Brock tallied 19 points to lead the offense with Corissa Archer adding 18. Alexa Hayward also picked up a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. SAINT FRANCIS U: Mount St. Mary's has won two of the last three matchups with the Red Flash and holds a 28-30 all-time record with Saint Francis entering Monday's regular season finale. The Mount's last win in Loretto, Pa. came on Jan. 21, 2008 by a 72-59 final score. In road games in the series, the Mount has gone 9-16.
CENTURY MARK: Senior Jenn Carney will be playing in her 100th career game on Monday at Saint Francis U. Carney and fellow senior Jacqueline Brewer will both finish their collegiate careers with more than 100 career games played.
IT HAS BEEN A WHILE: The last time the Mount played a road game was Feb. 9 at Bryant. Since then, the Mount has played five-consecutive games at Knott Arena. The Mountaineers are 2-14 in road games this season.
CONNECTION WITH SAINT FRANCIS: During the 2006-07 season, Mount St. Mary's Head Coach Bryan Whitten and Saint Francis Head Coach Joe Haigh were on staff together at VCU. Serving under then-Head Coach Beth Cunningham (now Associate Coach at Notre Dame), Whitten was an assistant coach, while Haigh worked as the Director of Basketball Operations.
UP NEXT: The Mount will be on the road for the Northeast Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday, March 8.