Emmitsburg, Md. (November 13, 2015) – The Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball team nearly overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but fell to William & Mary by a final of 76-74 in the season opener for both teams Friday night at Knott Arena.
Alexis Carter led all Mountaineers with 21 points on 9-17 shooting in her Mount St. Mary's debut, and also chipped in with seven boards and five assists. Katrice Dickson added a career-high 16 points, and Jessica Harris (13 pts.) and Kaitlyn Eisenhard (12) were the Mount's other double-digit scorers on the night.
Marlena Tremba topped all scorers in the contest with 26 points on 9-12 shooting for the Tribe, while Alexandra Masaquel added 14 points and eight rebounds.
The Mount (0-1) began its comeback midway through the fourth period with three straight baskets. Eisenhard started the run with a lay-up, before a Dickson three-pointer and a jumper from Carter pulled the Mountaineers within six, 73-67.
Tremba answered the run with a three-pointer, but the Mount responded with five straight points to cut the deficit to 76-72 with just over a minute to play.
An Eisenhard lay-up brought Mount St. Mary's within two points with just 18 seconds remaining in the contest, but William & Mary was able to evade the Mount's trap in the final seconds to escape with the 76-74 victory.
William & Mary held a 46-40 lead at halftime after shooting 50% from the field in the opening two quarters. Tremba registered 13 of her game-high 26 points to give her team the advantage at the break.
The Mountaineers shot 45.8% from the field in the contest, including a 55.6% mark in the second half. The Mount also went 15-18 from the line, good for an 83.3% mark.
The victory for William & Mary ended the Mount's three-game winning streak in the series between the two teams, and cut Mount St. Mary's all-time advantage to 7-4.
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.