Brooklyn (February 6, 2016) – Senior Sarafina Arthur-Williams posted her seventh career double-double, but Mount St. Mary's University fell at LIU Brooklyn, 53-50, in a back-and-forth Northeast Conference women's basketball tilt on Saturday at Steinberg Wellness Center.
Arthur-Williams registered her first double-double of the season and seventh of her career, finishing the contest with a team-high 13 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Jody Chickey and sophomore Jessica Harris combined for 15 points to help pace the Mount in the contest.
Shanice Vaughan led all scorers in the game with 16 points, while Brianna Farris (13 pts.) and Shanovia Dove (12) were the other double-digit scorers for the Blackbirds.
The contest featured 16 lead changes, and neither team led by more than five points at any point in the game.
Late in the fourth quarter, Chickey and Arthur-Williams made layups on back-to-back Mount possessions to give the Mountaineers a 48-47 lead with just 1:43 remaining. Dove responded for the Blackbirds with a bucket coming out of a timeout to put LIU Brooklyn back on top, 49-48.
Mount St. Mary's turned it over on its next possession and DeAngelique Waithe converted one of two from the line to extend the Blackbirds' lead to 50-48 with just 33 seconds remaining.
After the Mountaineers failed to convert on their next possession, Vaughan hit one of two from the line for LIU Brooklyn to extend the team's lead to 51-48. Kathleen Belanger-Finn answered with a fast-break layup on the other end to cut the lead back to one, 51-50, with just 11 seconds left.
The Mount fouled Dove on the next inbound play, and the junior made both of her free throws to push the lead to 53-50 with seven seconds showing on the clock. LIU Brooklyn forced a Mountaineers' turnover on the ensuing possession to seal the three-point victory.
The Blackbirds outscored Mount St. Mary's 15-14 in the third period of play to head into the final quarter with a 41-38 lead. Vaughan hit a mid-range jumper just before time expired to give LIU Brooklyn its largest lead of the contest to that point.
Midway through the second stanza, Juliette Lawless hit a layup and got fouled for a three-point play as the freshman gave the Mountaineers a 21-19 lead at the 4:57 mark. After a Vaughan layup tied the game at 21-all, Chickey converted a three-point play to put the Mount up by three, 24-21. The Blackbirds responded with the final five points of the quarter, and headed into the halftime break with a 26-24 advantage.
Harris scored an early five points to put the Mount out in front, 9-4, at the midway mark of the first period, but Farris converted a four-point play for LIU Brooklyn just before the media timeout to cut the Mount's lead to 9-8.
With just seconds left in the first, Arthur-Williams grabbed an offensive rebound and beat the buzzer with a layup to put the Mount ahead, 16-14, after one period of play.
The Mountaineers continue their road trip with a contest at Wagner on Monday, February 8. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m., and live action can be seen for free on NECFrontRow.com