Emmitsburg, Md. (February 13, 2016) – Juniors Kayla Bates and Alexis Carter combined to score 34 points, but Mount St. Mary's women's basketball fell to Saint Francis U, 73-64, on the Mount's Senior Day at Knott Arena on Saturday.
Mount St. Mary's honored seniors Sarafina Arthur-Williams, Jody Chickey and Jayla Leftwich with a pregame ceremony to recognize their contributions to both the program and university throughout their time at the Mount. The three seniors have combined to play in 233 games in their Mount careers, including 55 this season.
Bates dropped a career-high 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, and Carter also added 17 points while pulling down 12 rebounds as she collected the third double-double of her career and second in as many games. Sophomore Caroline Hummell registered a career-high 10 points, and fellow sophomore Jessica Harris tied her career high with 12 rebounds.
Maya Wynn led all scorers in the contest with 21 points, while Jessica Kovatch chipped in with 18 points despite shooting just 6-of-18 from the floor.
Mount St. Mary's held Saint Francis U to just seven points in the opening quarter as the Mountaineers jumped out to an 18-7 lead after one. The Red Flash cut their deficit to six, 21-15, at the 6:47 of the second, but the Mountaineers answered with an 8-3 run in the ensuing three minutes to push their lead back to 11, 29-18.
Saint Francis outscored the Mount 14-5 in the final 3:35 of the half to close the Mountaineer lead to 34-32 heading into the break.
The Red Flash jumped on top in the opening minute of the third period, marking their first lead since the 9:07 mark of the first quarter. Mount St. Mary's controlled tempo over much of the remainder of the period, pushing its lead back to seven, 50-43, with 1:12 remaining in the third.
Wynn and Aisha Brock knocked down three pointers for the Red Flash in the final minute of the frame to cut the Mount's lead to 52-49 heading into the final period of play.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Wynn hit another three to give Saint Francis its largest lead of the contest to that point, as the Red Flash jumped ahead 61-56. Saint Francis extended the advantage to nine, 69-60, with just 2:46 to play, and held off the Mount in the final minutes to secure the 73-64 victory.
NOTES: Mount St. Mary's honored NEC Hall of Famers Bill Sheahan and Susie Rowlyk with a halftime presentation at today's game. The two Mount icons were inducted into the NEC Hall of Fame in late January as part of the league's sixth induction class. Click here ---- to read more about Sheahan and Rowlyk.