Emmitsburg, Md. (January 4, 2016) – Four Mount St. Mary's players reached double-figures to propel the team to a 66-56 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn in a Northeast Conference women's basketball matchup Monday night at Knott Arena. Junior Alexis Carter scored a team-high 18 points and sophomore Jessica Harris added 15 to pace the offense.
Carter went 7-of-12 from the field and grabbed nine rebounds on route to her eighth double-digit scoring performance of the season. Harris also collected her eighth double-figure scoring night of the campaign, finishing the game 6-for-12 from the field. Senior Jody Chickey (season-high 12 pts.) and Kayla Bates (10 pts.) were the other top scorers for the Mountaineers.
Chickey, who entered today's contest with 199 career assists, tallied a pair of helpers to surpass the 200-assist mark for her career. Chickey leads the squad with 38 assists on the season and has posted five or more in four games.
Head Coach Bryan Whitten collected his 99th career victory at the Mount and 319th overall as a Head Coach in the win. Whitten needs just one more victory to become the third coach in program history to reach the 100-win plateau, trailing only Bill Sheahan (372 wins) and Vanessa Blair (120).
Leah Fechko led all scorers in the contest with 25 points on 7-of-13 shooting and finished 11-12 from the free throw line to lead St. Francis Brooklyn.
The Mount took an early 5-0 lead on buckets from Katrice Dickson and Harris, and the defense shut down St. Francis Brooklyn in the early stages of the contest, holding the Terriers scoreless for the opening four-plus minutes of play.
St. Francis Brooklyn got the offense going and jumped ahead 11-5 at the 3:22 mark, but Mount St. Mary's responded with an 8-0 run to close out the period, capped off by a three-point play from Harris, to take a 13-11 lead after one quarter of play.
The Terriers opened their biggest lead of the half, 26-20, with just under two minutes to play, but the Mount answered with five of the final seven points to pull within three, 28-25, heading into the break. Bates knocked down her second three-pointer of the contest during the stretch and the junior finished the half with a team-high eight points.
Mount St. Mary's tied the game at 35-all with under four minutes remaining in the third on Carter's drive and lay-in. A Stacey Koutris foul shot gave the Mount its first lead of the second half, 36-35, and Carter followed with five straight points to cap an 11-0 Mount St. Mary's run and give the team a 41-35 advantage.
St. Francis Brooklyn tallied the final two buckets of the quarter to cut the Mount's lead to 41-39 with just one period to play.
The Mount extended its lead to seven on a Kaitlyn Eisenhard layup midway through the fourth quarter, and held onto the seven-point advantage until the 2:47 mark. Fechko made four straight foul shots on the Terriers' ensuing pair of possessions to cut the Mountaineers' lead to three, 52-49. Carter and Chickey answered with back-to-back layups, and the Mount drained eight of their nine free throws in the final minutes of play to earn the 66-56 victory.
With the win, the Mountaineers improve to 1-1 in Northeast Conference play, while St. Francis Brooklyn falls to 0-2.
The Mountaineers return to action for another home game versus NEC foe Central Connecticut State on Saturday (Jan. 9) at 4:30 p.m.