#7 MOUNT ST. MARY'S (8-21) at #2 BRYANT (21-8)
Sunday, March 8, 2015 | 1 p.m.
Chace Athletic Center | Smithfield, R.I.
Northeast Conference Quarterfinals
MOUNT UPDATE: The seventh-seeded Mountaineers make a return trip to Smithfield, R.I. to face second-seeded Bryant on Sunday afternoon in the NEC Quarterfinals. Both of the regular season matchups between the Mount and Bulldogs went down to the wire with Bryant earning a pair of two-point victories. A win on Sunday would propel the Mount to its third-consecutive NEC Semifinal appearance for the first time since 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2000-01. The Mount and Bryant have never faced each other in the NEC Tournament prior to Sunday.
LAST TIME OUT: The Mount closed the regular season with a 90-87 road loss at Saint Francis U on March 2 at DeGol Arena. The Mount, which entered the night averaging 56.2 points per game, netted a season-high 87 points thanks to 50.9 percent shooting.
Five Mount players scored in double figures for the first time this season led by 16 points from senior Jacqueline Brewer. Jody Chickey and Stacey Koutris added 12 points apiece with Kathleen Belanger-Finn and Katrice Dickson both scoring 10.
ABOUT BRYANT: Bryant claimed the No. 2 seed in the NEC Tournament after finishing as the regular season co-champion with Central Connecticut. Winners of six of their last seven games, the Bulldogs have gone 12-2 at home this season including an 8-1 mark in home conference games. The Bulldogs are paced by junior Brianna Rucker, who leads the league with 11.4 rebounds per game and ranks sixth in scoring with 16.0 points per game. Bryant leads the NEC in a number of statistical categories including scoring (70.7 ppg), rebounding margin (+ 6.7) and assists (13.79 apg).
THIS SEASON VS. BRYANT: On Feb. 9, the Mount suffered a 74-72 road loss in overtime at Bryant. Just five days later on Feb. 14, Bryant again came out on top by a 55-53 final score in Emmitsburg, Md.
In the first meeting, the Mount erased a 10-point second half deficit to force overtime before being outscored 7-5 in the five minute extra period. Jacqueline Brewer, who scored 14 points in the game, forced overtime when she tied the score at 67-67 with 14.3 seconds left.
In game two, Bryant's Jenniqua Bailey hit a pair of free throws with 9.7 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs the 55-53 win. Sarafina Arthur-Williams led the Mount with 10 points and eight rebounds.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. BRYANT: The Mount has posted a 7-4 record in the series with Bryant, which dates back to the initial meeting on March 2, 2009. Of the 11 all-time meetings, four have been decided in overtime. Mount St. Mary's had won three in a row in Smithfield, R.I. before a 74-72 overtime loss earlier this season. In road games in the series, the Mount has gone 3-2.
HERE EVERY YEAR: Since joining the Northeast Conference prior to the 1989-90 season, the Mount has qualified for the conference tournament in 24 of 26 seasons.
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION: The Northeast Conference Tournament consists of three rounds beginning with Sunday's quarterfinals. Teams are reseeded after the quarterfinals with the top remaining seed facing the lowest remaining seed in the semifinals. All games are played at the home courts of the higher seed in every matchup.
NEC TOURNAMENT RECORD: The Mountaineers have gone 2-5 in NEC Tournament games under eighth-year Head Coach Bryan Whitten. This is the second time the Mount has been the seventh-seed under Whitten after having also secured the seventh seed in 2012. Overall, the Mount has gone 19-20 in NEC Tournament games and 9-9 in NEC Quarterfinal games.
SEARCHING FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP: The Mount has won three Northeast Conference Tournament Championships, claiming titles in 1993, 1994 and 1995. The Mountaineers earned automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament in 1994 and 1995.
UP NEXT: A win over Bryant would advance the Mount to the NEC Semifinals on Wednesday, March 11. The game will be live streamed through ESPN3.