Moon Township, Pa. (January 18, 2016) – Junior Alexis Carter and sophomore Jessica Harris combined for 26 points for the Mountaineers, but Robert Morris edged Mount St. Mary's, 61-56, in Northeast Conference women's basketball action Monday afternoon at Sewall Center.
Carter posted her 12th double-digit scoring game of the season, topping the squad with 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field. The junior also added a career-high five steals in the contest. Harris chipped in with 10 points, and Sarafina Arthur-Williams added eight points and nine rebounds. Jody Chickey posted a career-high eight assists, marking the sixth game this season with five or more assists for the senior.
Robert Morris had three players reach double-figures in the contest, led by Jocelynne Jones' 12 points. Niki Stamolamprou and Leah Wormack added 10 points each to help pace the Colonial offense.
Mount St. Mary's trailed by just one, 53-52, following a pair of free throws from Kathleen Belanger-Finn with 5:30 remaining in the contest, before a Jones layup and Ashley Ravelli jumper pushed the Robert Morris lead to 57-52. Carter responded with a bucket for the Mount, cutting the deficit to 57-54, but the Colonials knocked down four straight free throws to extend the lead back to seven, 61-54.
Harris converted a pair of free throws for the Mount with seven seconds remaining to trim the Robert Morris lead to 61-56, but the Colonials were able to run out the clock on the ensuing possession to earn the five-point victory.
Carter scored the opening seven points of the third quarter for the Mountaineers as they took at 39-37 advantage at the 6:00 mark of the stanza. A layup from Harris with just over two minutes left pushed the Mount's lead to 45-42, before Wormack hit a jumper in the final seconds to cut the Mountaineers advantage to 45-44 heading into the final quarter.
Both teams scored 17 points in the second period as they entered the halftime break tied up at 32-all. Carter and Katrice Dickson registered four points apiece to lead the Mountaineers in the period.
Mount St. Mary's opened a three-point lead in the first quarter, 12-9, after scoring three straight baskets midway through the period. Harris began the run with her second three-pointer, and Arthur-Williams and Chickey followed up with back-to-back layups to give the Mount the three-point advantage.
Robert Morris converted six free throws in the final minutes to take a 15-12 lead, but Carter drained a three-pointer with seconds remaining to tie the game at 15-all after one quarter of play.
Mount St. Mary's shot 40.4-percent from the field in the contest and 37.5-percent from three-point range.
The contest featured 19 lead changes, and the largest lead of the game for either team was just seven points.
The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday (Jan. 23) for a matchup at Fairleigh Dickinson at 2 p.m.