Mount Women’s Basketball Set for NEC Quarterfinal Matchup at Sacred Heart on Sunday

Mount Women’s Basketball Set for NEC Quarterfinal Matchup at Sacred Heart on Sunday

#8 MOUNT ST. MARY'S (9-20) at #1 SACRED HEART (18-11)
Sunday, March 6 | 1 p.m.
William H. Pitt Center | Fairfield, Conn.

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MOUNT STORYLINES
The Mountaineers wrapped up the regular season with a 9-20 overall record and 7-11 mark in Northeast Conference Play. They secured the eighth seed in the NEC Playoffs, marking the fifth straight season they've reached postseason play.
On Friday, junior guard Alexis Carter was named to the All-Northeast Conference Third Team. Carter leads the Mountaineers this season in points per game (12.9), rebounds (6.9), steals (2.0) and minutes (33.1), while ranking fifth in the conference in steals, 10th in rebounding and 11th in points. The Woodbridge, Va. native has posted 20 double-digit scoring performances on the year, including a career-high 23 in the team's win over Fairleigh Dickinson. Carter's registered four double-doubles this season and posted a streak of three straight in contests against Wagner, Saint Francis U and Fairleigh Dickinson in mid-February.
Senior point guard Jody Chickey, the conference's leader in assists per game (4.3), registered six helpers last time out, marking the 13th time this season she's tallied five or more in a contest. Chickey surpassed the 100-assist mark earlier this season for the first time in her career, and currently sits with 113 on the year.
The Mountaineer defense held St. Francis Brooklyn to just 40 points last Saturday, marking the lowest point total by a Mount St. Mary's opponent this season. The team owns the second-best scoring defense in the league, allowing just 61.7 points per contest, and the second-best field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 39.2-percent shooting.
The Mount is set to match up with Sacred Heart for the 34th time in series history and fifth time in the NEC Playoffs. The Pioneers have won three of the four previous postseason matchups, with the lone Mount St. Mary's victory coming back in 2001 at Knott Arena in the semifinals.

ABOUT SACRED HEART
The Pioneers finished with an 18-11 overall record and 16-2 mark in league play to collect the top seed in the conference playoffs. They won nine straight games to close out the regular season, including a 60-52 victory in the finale against the Mount at Knott Arena. On Friday, Hannah Kimmel was named the NEC Player of the Year, Alissa Tarsi was tabbed Most Improved Player and Jessica Mannetti earned Coach of the Year honors.
The Pioneers are averaging the third most points per game (65.0) in the NEC and own the fourth best scoring defense (63.8 ppg allowed). Kimmel tops the squad and ranks fourth in the league with 17.1 points per contest, and Alissa Tarsi (11.8) and Kelcey Castro (10.4) are the team's other double-digit scorers.