Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. (February 27, 2016) – Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball rolled past St. Francis Brooklyn 57-40 on Saturday to clinch a spot in the Northeast Conference playoffs for the fifth straight season and seventh time under Head Coach Bryan Whitten. Sophomore Jessica Harris paced the Mountaineers with a team-high 15 points.
Harris went 6-of-10 from the floor to collect her 17th double-digit scoring performance of the year. Sarafina Arthur-Williams and Alexis Carter also posted double-figures, combining for 21 points in the contest. Jody Chickey tallied eight assists as she passed the 100-assist plateau in a season for the first time in her career.
All five of the Mountaineers' starters got on the board in the first period as the balanced offensive attack helped the Mount keep pace with St. Francis Brooklyn. The teams headed into the second quarter all tied at 13-13.
A pull-up jumper from Chickey and a steal and fast-break layup from Harris pushed the Mount out to a 20-15 lead at the 7:15 mark of the ensuing period. Harris knocked down her second three-pointer of the quarter with just under two minutes to play and Chickey followed by hitting 1-of-2 from the line to give the Mount a 24-19 advantage at the half. The Mount held St. Francis Brooklyn to just six points in the second quarter of play.
The Mountaineers forced turnovers on St. Francis Brooklyn's opening three possessions of the third quarter, and Carter and Harris hit layups on the other end to extend the Mount's lead to 28-19. The Mount closed out the third quarter on a 7-0 run to take its largest lead of the contest, 47-28, as Katrice Dickson capped the late-period rally with a three-pointer to beat the buzzer. Mount St. Mary's outscored St. Francis Brooklyn by a 23-9 margin in the frame.
The Terriers pulled within 13 of the Mount, 53-40, with 3:46 remaining in the contest, but Carter and Arthur-Williams knocked down jumpers to answer for the Mount. The Mountaineers held St. Francis Brooklyn scoreless in the final minutes to earn the 57-40 victory.
The Mountaineers host top-seeded Sacred Heart in the regular season finale on Monday, February 29 at 7 p.m. Action can be seen for free at NECFrontRow.com.