Emmitsburg, Md. (February 15, 2016) – Junior Alexis Carter scored a career-high 23 points to lead Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball past Fairleigh Dickinson, 71-55, in Northeast Conference action Monday night at Knott Arena. Mount St. Mary's collected its 700th victory in program history, becoming the first NEC women's basketball program to reach the feat.
Carter posted her fourth career double-double, finishing the contest with 23 points and 10 rebounds. The Woodbridge, Va. native knocked down a career-high six three-pointers, and reached double-figure points for the 11th time in her last 12 games.
Sophomore Jessica Harris helped pace the Mount with 18 points, while senior Sarafina Arthur-Williams chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds. Fellow senior Jody Chickey also registered a career-high nine assists in the game.
The Mount posted its second-highest shooting percentages of the season from both the field and long-range, finishing 25-for-53 (47.2%) from the field and 9-of-20 (45%) from three-point land. The 71 points scored for the Mountaineers are the second most in a game this year, trailing only the season opener against William & Mary in which they dropped 74.
Kelsey Cruz paced Fairleigh Dickinson with 20 points, while Erika Livermore posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Carter knocked down three three-pointers in the first period as she scored nine of the Mountaineers 16 points in the frame to push the team out to a 16-12 lead after one.
Another three from Carter off a feed from Chickey at the midway mark of the second quarter extended the Mount's lead to 26-20, but Fairleigh Dickinson was able cut its deficit to one, 28-27, just over a minute later following buckets from Cruz and Livermore.
Both teams traded baskets in the final minutes of the second period before a three-pointer from Madelynn Comly with 31 seconds remaining gave the Knights a 35-34 lead, which they took into the halftime break.
Mount St Mary's opened the third quarter on a 9-1 run, as Arthur-Williams began the stretch with back-to-back buckets and Carter capped the run with another three-ball to push the Mount's lead to seven, 43-36.
The Mount held Fairleigh Dickinson scoreless for a three-plus minute stretch midway through the third stanza, and extended its lead to 11, 50-39, at the 3:50 mark. Arthur-Williams registered a pair of buckets in the final minute and half of the quarter and the Mountaineers headed into the final period with a 14-point advantage, 56-42.
Carter registered three points in the opening minute of the fourth to give the Mountaineers their largest lead of the game to that point, 59-42, but the Knights answered back, cutting the Mount lead down to eight, 61-53, in the ensuing five minutes of play.
With the Mount holding an eight-point advantage with 4:50 to play in the contest, the Mountaineer defense stepped up, holding Fairleigh Dickinson scoreless for a four-plus minute stretch as they pushed their lead to 18, 71-53, with 15 seconds showing on the clock.
Natalie Zamora hit the last bucket of the game in the final seconds, but the Mount went on for a 71-55 win, marking its largest margin of victory this season.
The Mountaineers travel to face Bryant on Saturday, February 20 at 1 p.m.