Emmitsburg, Md. (December 29, 2015) – Jamie Sherburne's last-second floater lifted Niagara to a 53-51 victory over Mount St. Mary's University in the Mountaineers' final non-conference game of the season Tuesday afternoon at Knott Arena. Katrice Dickson led all Mount scorers with 11 points in the contest.
Mount St. Mary's held an eight-point lead, 51-43, with 2:48 remaining in the contest before Niagara went on an 8-0 run, capped off by a Taylor McKay three-pointer, to tie the game at 51-all with just 38 seconds showing on the clock.
Following a Mount St. Mary's missed three-pointer, Niagara worked the ball into the corner to Sherburne, who drove baseline and converted on a floater to give the Purple Eagles a two-point lead with two seconds left. The Mountaineers called a timeout to advance the ball to the offensive end, but Kaitlyn Eisenhard's game-tying attempt just rimmed out as the Mount fell by a 53-51 final.
Dickson posted her third double-digit scoring peformance of the season to pace Mount St. Mary's on the offensive end, while four other Mount players registered six points or more. Alexis Carter topped the squad with eight rebounds in the game.
Sam Lapszynski led all scorers in the contest with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, and McKay chipped in with 13 points to help propel Niagara.
The Mount trailed by seven points midway through the third period, but stormed back with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 33-33. Stacey Koutris knocked down a three-pointer to open the run, and Eisenhard and Carter followed with two points apiece to even the score with just over six minutes to play in the quarter.
Mount St. Mary's opened its largest lead of the contest, 49-39, at the 4:36 mark of the fourth quarter, before the Purple Eagles went on a late-quarter run to eventually take the lead and hold off the Mount for their second victory of the season.
Mount St. Mary's shot .400 from the field and .364 from long-range, while Niagara went .367 from the field and .278 from three-point land.
The Mountaineers open 2016 with their first Northeast Conference game of the season as they host LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, January 2 at 4:30 p.m.