Mount Women’s Basketball Hits the Road for Battle with Bryant on Saturday

Mount Women’s Basketball Hits the Road for Battle with Bryant on Saturday

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (7-18, 5-9 NEC) vs. BRYANT (14-11, 11-3 NEC)
Saturday, February 20 | 1 p.m.
Chace Athletic Center | Smithfield, R.I.


The Mountaineers collected their second win in the last three games by downing Fairleigh Dickinson, 71-55, on Monday night at Knott Arena. The 71 points scored for the Mount is the second-highest total this season, trailing only the season opener against William & Mary in which the team dropped 74 points. Junior Alexis Carter led the way against FDU, posting a career-high 23 points and adding 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Jessica Harris helped pace the Mount with 18 points, while Sarafina Arthur-Williams added 10, and Jody Chickey registered a career-high nine assists.
The Mount posted its second-highest shooting percentages of the season from both the field and long-range against FDU, finishing the contest 25-for-53 (47.2%) from the field and 9-of-20 (45%) from three-point land. Carter knocked down a career-high six three pointers in the contest, the most in a game for any Mountaineer this year.
Carter has now collected a double-double in three straight contests following the career night against Fairleigh Dickinson. She began the stretch with 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds last week against Wagner, before tallying 17 points and 12 boards vs. Saint Francis U on Saturday and 23 points and 10 rebounds against FDU last time out. The Woodbridge, Va. native has posted double-figure points in 11 of her last 12 games, and pulled down double-digit rebounds in four of the last five.
With the win over the Knights on Monday, the Mountaineers collected their 700th victory in program history as they became the first NEC women's basketball program to reach the feat. The Mount has tallied 20 or more wins in a season 17 different times.
Mount St. Mary's and Bryant matchup for the 14th time in series history on Saturday with the Mount holding a slight 7-6 advantage. Bryant topped the Mountaineers in the first meeting this season, 70-59, behind 18 points from Morgan Olander and 15 points and 11 rebounds from Breanna Rucker. Kayla Bates paced the Mount with 15 points, while Arthur-Williams and Carter tallied 11 apiece.  

 The Bulldogs got bumped out of the top spot in the conference standings after losing three of their last four contests and falling to 11-3 in league play. They've dropped games to Robert Morris (55-53), Saint Francis U (85-72) and St. Francis Brooklyn (58-57), with a victory over Wagner (94-67) mixed in during the stretch.
Bryant owns the top rebounding margin (+9.0) in the NEC and second-highest scoring offense (67.3 ppg). Breanna Rucker ranks sixth in the conference with 15.3 points per game and leads all NEC players with 11.0 rebounds per contest. Tiersa Winder (13.0 ppg) and Ivory Bailey (11.6) are the other Bulldogs averaging double-digit points this season.

The Mountaineers continue their road trip with a tilt at Central Connecticut on Monday, February 22 at 7 p.m.