Emmitsburg, Md. (January 2, 2016) – Seniors Sarafina Arthur-Williams and Jody Chickey Combined for 23 points in the team's Northeast Conference opener, but Mount St. Mary's University fell to LIU Brooklyn, 61-51, on Saturday at Knott Arena.
Arthur-Williams went 5-of-8 from the field and also pulled four rebounds on the night, while Jody Chickey added a season-high 11 points. Alexis Carter and Kathleen Belanger-Finn chipped in with eight points apiece. Carter and Kaitlyn Eisenhard grabbed nine rebounds each to lead the Mountaineers.
Shanice Vaughan topped all scorers in the contest with 17 points to pace LIU Brooklyn on the offensive end.
Arthur-Williams tallied eight points in the opening three-plus minutes of play to put the Mount in front by a 10-2 margin at the 6:23 mark of the first period. The Blackbirds narrowed the gap at the midway point of the quarter, but Mount St. Mary's closed the period on a 5-1 run to take a 16-11 lead at the end of one.
The Blackbirds took their first lead of the contest early in the second quarter following a pair of free throws from Ashley Brown. They pushed their lead to as many as nine points in the frame, but Mount St. Mary's ended the quarter on a 9-2 run to head into the break trailing by just two, 27-25.
Following a back-and-forth third period, LIU Brooklyn opened its first double-digit lead of the contest on the opening possession of the fourth quarter. The Blackbirds extended their lead to 16 points, 57-41, midway through the stanza, and held off the Mountaineers to earn a 61-51 victory.
The Mountaineers continue their four-game home stand with a tilt against St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday (January 4) at 4 p.m.
NOTES: Senior guard Jody Chickey sits just one assist shy of reaching 200 for her career. Chickey leads the squad with 36 assists on the season and has posted five or more in four separate games ... The Mount held a 42-32 rebound advantage and forced 14 turnovers in the contest.