Mount Women’s Basketball Hosts William & Mary in Season Opener Friday

Mount Women’s Basketball Hosts William & Mary in Season Opener Friday

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 | 7 p.m.
Knott Arena | Emmitsburg, Md.


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OPENING TIP: The Mountaineers host William & Mary on Friday at Knott Arena to open the 42nd season of Mount women's basketball. Mount St. Mary's looks to extend its winning streak to four straight against the Tribe.

ABOUT THE MOUNT: The Mount finished the 2014-15 campaign at 8-22 overall and 6-12 in Northeast Conference play. The team earned a trip to the NEC Quarterfinals, marking the program's 24th postseason appearance in 26 seasons in the NEC.

Head Coach Bryan Whitten, who enters his ninth season at the helm of Mount St. Mary's, brings back 12 letter winners from last year's squad. Three of the team's top five scorers, Sarafina Arthur-Williams, Jessica Harris and Jody Chickey, return looking to lead the Mountaineer offense. The trio combined for 20.7 points per game last season, and Arthur-Williams led the team with 6.8 rebounds per contest.

Kate Kuster and Juliette Lawless represent the freshmen class for the Mount, and junior transfer Alexis Carter is eligible for play after transferring from Hofstra prior to the 2014-15 season.

MILESTONE WATCH: The Mountaineers currently sit at 693 victories in program history and are just seven shy from becoming the first NEC team to reach the 700-win mark. Mount St. Mary's has collected 20 or more wins in a season 17 times.

ABOUT WILLIAM & MARY: William & Mary posted a 15-16 overall record and finished at 9-9 in CAA play a season ago. The Tribe was bounced from the conference tournament in the first round by Hofstra, but did earn a spot in the Women's Basketball Invitational, where they fell at Xavier.

Two of the team's top three scorers, guard Marlena Tremba and forward Alexandra Masaquel, return for their junior seasons. Tremba led the Tribe with 12.5 points per game and Masaquel chipped in with 7.8 ppg.

ALL-TIME SERIES WITH WILLIAM & MARY: The Mountaineers own a 7-3 advantage in the all-time series with William & Mary, having won each of the last three meetings. The teams last met in 2006 when Mount St. Mary's defeated the Tribe 66-58 in overtime at Knott Arena.

UP NEXT: The Mount travels to Dover, Del. for its first road test of the season, facing Delaware State on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.