MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-11, 2-2 NEC) vs. SAINT FRANCIS U (5-10, 3-1)
Saturday, January 16, 2016 | 3 p.m.
Loretto, Pa. | Degol Arena
The Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball team is set for its first NEC road game of the season as the Mountaineers travel to face Saint Francis U on Saturday (Jan. 16) at Degol Arena, with tip-off scheduled for 3 p.m.
· The Mountaineers split a pair of matchups this past week and now sit in a tie for fifth place in the Northeast Conference with a 2-2 mark. The Mount earned a 54-48 victory over Central Connecticut last Saturday behind 24 combined points from Alexis Carter and Jessica Harris, before dropping a 70-59 decision to Bryant on Monday despite a career-high 15 points from Kayla Bates.
· Bates has registered three straight games with double-digit points, capping off the run with her career-high 15 on 5-of-6 shooting from the field against Bryant. The junior guard has converted a pair of three-pointers in all three contests and pulled down 11 rebounds combined.
· Head Coach Bryan Whitten collected his 100th career victory at the helm of the Mountaineers and 320th overall as a Head Coach in the team's win over Central Connecticut. Whitten is the third coach in program history to reach the 100-win plateau, joining the program's all-time wins leader, Bill Sheahan (372 wins), and Vanessa Blair (120).
· The Mountaineers own the second-best scoring defense in the Northeast Conference, holding opponents to just 60.9 points per contest on 38.8-percent shooting from the field. The Mount held Central Connecticut to 48 points last Saturday, marking the lowest scoring output by an opponent this season.
· Mount St. Mary's and Saint Francis U will meet for the 60th time in series history in their matchup on Saturday. The Red Flash own a 31-28 advantage in the series, including a 17-9 mark at home. The two teams split a pair of matchups last season, as each squad won on its home court.
SCOUTING SAINT FRANCIS U
· The Red Flash sit at 5-10 overall and are tied for third place in the conference with a 3-1 mark. They opened league play with a pair of home games as they topped Wagner (93-78) and fell to Sacred Heart (81-77). In their two most recent outings last week, the Red Flash downed both LIU Brooklyn (84-75) and St. Francis Brooklyn (83-76).
· Saint Francis tops the NEC with 76.9 points per contest, but owns the worst scoring defense in the league, allowing 83.0 points a game to opponents. The Red Flash also rank last in the conference with a -9.1 rebounding margin.
· Freshman Jessica Kovatch, the reigning NEC Player and Rookie of the Week, ranks second in the conference and ninth in the nation with 23.1 points per game, while also leading the NEC with 56 three-pointers made. Aisha Brock (10.8 ppg) and Katie Reese (9.5) have helped pace the offense through the opening 15 games, and Reese also tops the NEC with 4.20 assists per game.
The Mount continues its road trip with a matchup at Robert Morris on Monday (Jan. 18) at 2 p.m.