Princess Anne, Md. (December 2, 2015) – Kathleen Belanger-Finn and Alexis Carter combined for 29 points to lead Mount St. Mary's University past University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 57-50, in non-conference women's basketball action Wednesday night at Hytche Center.
With the victory, the Mount improves to 2-4 overall, while UMES also moves to 2-4 on the year.
Carter posted a team-high 15 points as the junior knocked down a trio of three-pointers and went 5-of-9 from the field. Belanger-Finn made a career-high five field goals and tallied season-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (5).
Trailing by three points midway through the third quarter, the Mount went on a 14-0 run to close out the period, taking a commanding 43-32 lead in the process. Belanger-Finn knocked down the final four field goals of the quarter, including a layup to beat the buzzer as the junior posted 12 points in the period.
The Mount stepped up its defense in the third, holding UMES without a field goal in the final 6:02 of the period. The Mountaineers outscored the Lady Hawks by a 19-6 margin in the stanza.
UMES responded by cutting the deficit to eight, 50-42, with 6:18 to play in the contest, but Mount St. Mary's was able to hold off the Lady Hawks to earn the 57-50 victory.
The Mount trailed by as many as 10 points in the second quarter, but came storming back to tie the game at 24-24 with 2:12 remaining. A Jayla Leftwich layup and back-to-back baskets from Carter propelled the Mountaineers during the run. Moengaroa Subritzky knocked down a pair of free throws for UMES with seconds remaining in the frame as the Lady Hawks regained the lead, 26-24, before halftime.
Mount St. Mary's held UMES to just 28.6-percent shooting from the field in the contest and caused 17 turnovers on the defensive end.
The Mount returns to Emmitsburg for a matchup with Loyola on Saturday, December 5. Tip off from Knott Arena is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
NOTES: Mount St. Mary's collected its 695th win in program history and sits just five shy of becoming the first NEC women's program to reach the 700-win plateau … Bryan Whitten now has 98 wins in his Mount career and 318 overall as a Head Coach.