Emmitsburg, Md. (February 29, 2016) – Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball dropped its regular season finale to Sacred Heart on Monday night at Knott Arena, 60-52. Junior Kayla Bates scored a team-high 14 points to pace the Mountaineers in the tilt.
Despite the loss, the Mountaineers secured the No. 8 seed in the Northeast Conference Playoffs and will head to top-seeded Sacred Heart for a rematch with the Pioneers on Sunday, March 6. The game will be streamed live for free on NECFrontRow.com.
Bates shot 5-of-10 from the floor, including a pair of three-pointers to collect her sixth double-digit scoring performance of the season. Junior Alexis Carter was the Mount's other double-figure scorer in the contest, adding 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Sacred Heart's Hannah Kimmel led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-17 shooting, and Kelcey Castro chipped in with 15 points, including 13 in the second half of play.
Mount St. Mary's led for the entire first quarter, building its lead to as many as nine in the period. Bates and Carter each registered five points and Sarafina Arthur-Williams added four to pace the team in the opening frame. The Mount headed into the second period with a seven-point advantage, 15-8.
The Pioneers used an early 6-0 run in the second period to cut their deficit to one, 15-14, at the 7:16 mark. They took their first lead of the contest with 2:27 remaining in the half following a three-pointer from Shelby Hickey. Sacred Heart scored five of the final seven points, including a long ball from Kimmel with eight seconds left, to take a 26-22 advantage into the halftime break.
After outscoring the Mount by an 18-13 margin in the third period, Sacred Heart entered the final quarter with a nine-point advantage, 44-35. Castro registered five of her 15 points in the frame to lead the Pioneers.
The Mount battled back in the fourth stanza, cutting the Sacred Heart lead to five, 47-42, at the midway mark. Kathleen Belanger-Finn knocked down a pair of free throws and Bates followed with her second three-pointer of the contest to spur the run, but the Pioneers were able to answer, going on an 8-3 run in the ensuing three minutes to push their lead to 55-45.
The Mountaineers brought the deficit back to within six with just over a minute remaining in the tilt, but Sacred Heart held off the Mount to collect their conference-leading 16th win in league play.
The two teams are set to meet for the third time this season in the matchup this coming Sunday. The Pioneers escaped with a narrow 61-58 victory in the meeting earlier this year at the Pitt Center in Fairfield, Conn.