Mount Women’s Basketball Hosts LIU Brooklyn to Open Conference Play

Mount Women’s Basketball Hosts LIU Brooklyn to Open Conference Play

Saturday, January 2, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. | Knott Arena


Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball hosts LIU Brooklyn in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams on Saturday, January 2 at 4:30 p.m. at Knott Arena.

The Mountaineers wrapped up non-conference play on Tuesday, falling in the final seconds at home against Niagara. The Mount held a lead late into the fourth quarter, but a Niagara floater with two seconds remaining proved to be the game winner as the Purple Eagles escaped with a 53-51 victory.
Mount St. Mary's looks to continue its recent success in conference play, having gone 39-33 in NEC regular season matchups since the beginning of the 2011-12 season.  
The meeting with LIU Brooklyn will be the 51st in series history between the two programs. Mount St. Mary's owns a 32-18 advantage in the series and has won five of the last six matchups. Last season, LIU Brooklyn edged the Mount by a 48-45 final despite a double-double (10 pts, 10 reb) from Sarafina Arthur-Williams.
Junior Alexis Carter (12.1 ppg) and sophomore Jessica Harris (10.2) continue to pace the Mount's offense, and sophomore Katrice Dickson (7.5) ranks third on the squad. Dickson registered her third double-digit scoring performance of the season on Tuesday with a team-high 11 points.
Senior Jody Chickey, the team's leader with 35 assists on the year, sits just two assists shy from reaching the 200-mark for her career. The Bethlehem, Pa. native has posted five or more assists in four games this season.

The Blackbirds sit in a tie for seventh place in the NEC with a 2-9 overall record. They enter the matchup with the Mount on a six-game losing streak after dropping a 68-49 decision to Miami (Ohio) and falling 68-55 to Bethune-Cookman in the FAU Holiday Tournament this past week.
LIU Brooklyn is averaging 56.5 points per contest and allowing 67.4 to opponents through the opening 11 games. The Blackbirds own a -3.3 rebound margin per game and a 0.5 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Shanovia Dove is the team's leading scorer and ranks seventh in the conference with 14.1 points per game, and Shanice Vaughan is the Blackbird's other scorer averaging double-digit points with 10.1 a game.

The Mount continues its four-game home stand with a matchup against St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday, January 4 at 4 p.m.