MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-10, 2-1 NEC) vs. BRYANT (6-8, 3-0 NEC)
Monday, January 11, 2016 | 4 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. | Knott Arena
Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball wraps up its four-game homestand with a tilt against Bryant on Monday (Jan. 11) at 4 p.m. at Knott Arena. The Mount looks to grab its third straight conference victory after defeating St. Francis Brooklyn and Central Connecticut the last two times out.
• The Mountaineers improved to 2-1 in Northeast Conference play with a pair of victories this past week. They opened with a 66-56 win over St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday, before downing Central Connecticut by a 54-48 margin on Saturday.
• The Mount posted its best shooting performance of the season in the win over Central Connecticut, shooting 50-percent from the field and 71.4-percent from beyond the arc. Alexis Carter posted a team-high 13 points, and Jessica Harris finished just one rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine boards.
• Head Coach Bryan Whitten became just the third coach in program history to reach the 100-win plateau with the Mount following the victory over Central Connecticut. Whitten, who has 320 victories overall as a Head Coach and an even 100 at the Mount, trails only Bill Sheahan (372 wins) and Vanessa Blair (120) on the program's all-time wins list.
• Junior Alexis Carter continues to lead the Mountaineers with 12.3 points per game, while sophomores Jessica Harris (10.0 ppg) and Katrice Dickson (6.9) round out the team's top-three scorers. Carter and Harris are also the top-two rebounders on the squad, averaging 6.4 and 5.4 per game, respectively. Harris tied her career-high with nine rebounds against Central Connecticut.
• The Mountaineers and Bulldogs are set for the 13th matchup in the all-time series, with Mount St. Mary's holding a 7-5 advantage despite three straight wins from Bryant. Last season, the Bulldogs knocked the Mount out of the NEC Playoffs with a 76-54 win in the Quarterfinals. Jessica Harris and Katrice Dickson helped pace the Mountaineer offense with 12 points apiece in the contest.
• Bryant owns a 6-8 overall record on the year and remains undefeated in NEC play with a 3-0 mark. The Bulldogs have defeated Central Connecticut (70-56), Fairleigh Dickinson (70-41) and Wagner (82-71) in their first three league games to move into a tie with Robert Morris for the top spot in the conference.
• The Bulldogs are averaging 65.9 points per game while yielding 68.7 to opponents. They sit atop the NEC in offensive rebounds (16.1 per game), defensive rebounds (25.7) and rebounding margin (+10.7) through the first 14 games.
• Seniors Tiersa Winder (13.3 ppg) and Breanna Rucker (13.1) and sophomore Ivory Bailey (13.0) have paced the Bulldog offense to this point in the season. Rucker tops all NEC players with 11.1 rebounds per game, including an average of 4.7 on the offensive end.
The Mountaineers hit the road for a matchup at Saint Francis U. on Saturday (Jan. 16) at 3 p.m.