Pittsburgh (December 8, 2015) – Sophomore Jessica Harris posted a career-high 19 points, but Mount St. Mary's University fell at Pittsburgh, 74-57, in non-conference women's basketball action Tuesday night at The Peterson Events Center.
Three Mountaineers finished with double-digit points on the night, led by Harris' career-high 19. The sophomore went 7-of-12 from the field and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Kathleen Belanger-Finn and Alexis Carter added 10 points each to help pace the Mount's offense. Senior Jayla Leftwich, a native of Pittsburgh, tied a career-high with six points in her return home.
Kalista Walters tallied a team-high 17 points and Stasha Carey chipped in with 14 to lead Pittsburgh on the night.
Belanger-Finn paced Mount St. Mary's in the early stages of the game as the junior posted the team's first five points. Pittsburgh was able to grab a 22-9 lead despite the early offense from Belanger-Finn, as Carey and Walters led the Panthers with 17 points combined in the quarter.
Midway through the second period, Mount St. Mary's went on an 8-2 run to cut the Panther lead to 32-17. Harris and Katrice Dickson knocked down back-back-back threes to spur the run before Carter capped it off with a mid-range jumper as the Mountaineers closed the gap.
Harris paced the Mountaineers with a team-high nine points in the first half, but the Mount headed into break trailing Pittsburgh by a 40-24 margin.
The Mount cut its deficit to 12, 62-50, at the midway point of the fourth quarter following a 9-2 run, propelled by five points from Leftwich. The Panthers answered the Mount's rally and held off the Mountaineers in the final minutes for the 74-57 victory.
Mount St. Mary's drops to 2-6 on the year following the loss while Pittsburgh improves to 6-3 overall.
The Mount returns to Emmitsburg for a tilt with Howard on Saturday, December 12 with tip-off from Knott Arena scheduled for 2 p.m.
NOTES: Harris' seven field goals tied a career high … Jackie Buzaid made her season debut, and Kathryn Thompson made her collegiate debut in the contest … Head Coach Bryan Whitten sits two wins shy from becoming the third coach in program history to reach the 100-win plateau with the Mount.