MOUNT ST. MARY'S (9-19, 7-10 NEC) vs. SACRED HEART (17-11, 15-2 NEC)
Monday, February 29 | 7 p.m.
Knott Arena | Emmitsburg, Md.
The Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball team hosts first-place Sacred Heart in the regular season finale on Monday, February 29. Tip-off from Knott Arena is set for 7 p.m., and live action can be seen for free at NECFrontRow.com
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES FOR SALE AT MONDAY'S GAME
The local Girl Scouts will be selling cookies at Monday's game at Knott Arena.
• The Mountaineers 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 posted a team-high 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting as she collected her 17th double-digit scoring performance of the season. Sarafina Arthur-Williams and Alexis Carter also registered double-figures, combining for 21 points in the contest.
• Senior Jody Chickey tallied eight assists in the win over St. Francis Brooklyn and now has 12 games this season with five or more helpers. The Bethlehem, Pa. native, who leads the league in assists per game, surpassed the 100-assist mark in a season for the first time in her career, and currently sits with a career-best 107 helpers.
• The Mount defense held St. Francis Brooklyn to just 40 points on 37-percent shooting from the field, as it marked the lowest point total by a Mount St. Mary's opponent this season. The Mountaineers own the second best scoring defense in the NEC, allowing just 61.8 points per game, and the second-best field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 39.1-percent shooting.
• The Mount is averaging 57.0 points per contest this season, led by top scorer Alexis Carter, who ranks tenth in the NEC with 13.0 a game. Jessica Harris (10.6 ppg) and Sarafina Arthur-Williams (7.2) are the team's other top scorers on the year. Carter and Harris are also the squad's leading rebounders, combining for nearly 13 boards a game, and Chickey leads the Mount with 4.1 assists per game.
• The Mountaineers and Pioneers will meet for the 33rd time in series history on Monday with Sacred Heart holding a 27-5 advantage. Earlier this season, Sacred Heart edged the Mount by a 61-58 margin despite 18 points and 12 rebounds from Harris.
ABOUT SACRED HEART
• The Pioneers, who sit at 15-2 in conference play, clinched the NEC regular season title and top seed in the playoffs with an 80-67 victory over Saint Francis U on Saturday. Hannah Kimmel scored a season-high 28 points, including 15 in the second half, to lead the Pioneers. Sacred Heart enters Monday's matchup on an eight-game winning streak.
• Sacred Heart is averaging 65.2 points per contest while surrendering 64.3 to opponents. Kimmel, the team's leading scorer, ranks fifth in the NEC with 17.1 points a game. Alissa Tarsi is the squad's other top scorer at 11.9 points per contest, and also ranks second in the league in field goal percentage (.536) and fifth in rebounding (8.3 rpg).
The first round of the NEC Playoffs will take place on Sunday, March 6, with games being played at the home of the higher seed.