Emmitsburg, Md. (January 11, 2016) – Junior Kayla Bates scored a career-high 15 points, but Mount St. Mary's University fell to Bryant, 70-59, in Northeast Conference women's basketball action on Monday at Knott Arena.
Bates dropped 11 of her 15 points in the second half and ended the night 5-for-6 from the field as she collected her third consecutive double-digit scoring performance. Senior Sarafina Arthur-Williams finished just one rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and a season-high nine rebounds, and junior Alexis Carter also chipped in with 11 points. Senior Jody Chickey registered seven assists in the contest, tying her career-high.
Morgan Olander led the way for Bryant with a game-high 18 points, while Breanna Rucker (15 pts.) and Chanel Ramcharran (13) helped pace the offense. Rucker also added 11 boards to collect the double-double.
Bryant entered the fourth quarter with a 43-33 advantage, and doubled up on their lead with a 10-0 run in the opening two-plus minutes of the fourth. Ramcharran and Olander converted back-to-back layups to cap off the run and give the Bulldogs a 53-33 advantage.
Mount St. Mary's battled back, cutting its deficit to 60-47 at the 4:17 mark following a 14-7 run. Arthur-Williams and Bates propelled the rally with eight points combined during the stretch.
The Bulldogs were able to push their lead back to 17, 66-49, with just 2:02 remaining, and held off the Mountaineers in the final minutes to earn the 70-59 victory.
The loss snapped the Mountaineers two-game winning streak as they move to 4-11 overall and 2-2 in NEC play on the season.
The Mountaineers begin a four-game road swing with a contest at Saint Francis U. on Saturday, January 16 at 3 p.m.
NOTES: Bates has posted two of her three highest scoring outputs of the season in back-to-back games. She tied her previous career-high with 11 points vs. CCSU on Saturday, before posting a career-high 15 today … Bates also finished the game with a career-high four steals … Chickey now has five games with five or more assists, including a career-high seven on two occasions … The Mount forced 21 turnovers in the contest.