Hackensack, N.J. (January 24, 2016) – Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball fell at Fairleigh Dickinson by a final of 66-53 in Northeast Conference women's basketball action Sunday night at Stratis Arena.
Junior Alexis Carter and sophomore Jessica Harris, the Mount's top-two scorers, led the way with nine points apiece in the contest. Carter also added four steals, marking her third straight game with four or more takeaways. Four other Mountaineers chipped in with six points or more, including Sarafina Arthur-Williams, who registered seven points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Kelsey Cruz tallied four three-pointers and led Fairleigh Dickinson with a game-high 22 points, while Erika Livermore added 19 points to help pace the Knights.
Senior Jody Chickey knocked down a jumper at the 4:08 mark of the first period to knot the game up at 11-11, as all five Mount St. Mary's starters got on the scoreboard in the opening five-plus minutes of play. Kiana Brown made a layup in the final minute to give the knights a 17-15 advantage, which they held onto heading into the second quarter.
Trailing 23-18 at the 6:58 mark of the second period, the Mount rattled off eight straight points, capped off by a layup from Arthur-Williams and a three-pointer from Harris, to take a 26-23 lead with just over two minutes to play in the half.
The Mountaineers extended their lead to 28-24 on a Carter jumper with under 30 seconds to play, but Cruz responded with a three-pointer for the Knights with seven seconds showing on the clock to cut the Mount lead to 28-27 heading into the break. Carter, Harris and Katrice Dickson tallied five points apiece to lead the Mountaineers in the half.
Midway through the third quarter, Jody Chickey hit two straight buckets for Mount St. Mary's to give the team a two-point advantage, 37-35. Fairleigh Dickinson responded with an 11-0 run to close out the period and took a 46-37 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
The Mountaineers cut their deficit to four, 46-42, at the 8:47 mark of the final period, but the Knights answered with a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 53-42 with six minutes to play. Fairleigh Dickinson was able to maintain its lead in the final minutes, and iced the game on a pair of foul shots from Livermore and layup from Cruz in the final minute.
The Mount heads to Fairfield, Conn. to take on Sacred Heart on Tuesday (Jan. 26) at 7 p.m. The game, originally scheduled for Monday (Jan. 25), was pushed back due to weather.