Fairfield, Conn. (March 6, 2016) – Sophomore Jessica Harris and junior Alexis Carter combined for 22 points, but Mount St. Mary's fell at top-seeded Sacred Heart, 66-47, in the Northeast Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday at the Pitt Center.
Harris topped all Mount scorers with 12 points in the contest, including 10 in the second half, while Carter added 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to collect her fifth double-double of the season. Seniors Jody Chickey and Sarafina Arthur-Williams chipped in with a combined 14 points as the duo rounded out their Mount careers.
Four Pioneers reached double-figures in the game, led by 12 points from guard Kelcey Castro on 5-of-13 shooting. The Mount held Sacred Heart's top scorer and NEC Player of the Year, Hannah Kimmel, to a dismal 3-of-15 (.200) from the floor.
Sacred Heart scored the opening 10 points of the contest to jump out to the early lead as Adaysha Williams knocked down a pair of three-pointers to propel the rally. Arthur-Williams hit a jumper to put an end to the Pioneer run, and made two free throws on the next possession to cut the deficit to 11-4.
Katrice Dickson made the Mount's first three of the contest to close the gap to 13-7, but Sacred Heart tallied the final four points of the quarter to extend the lead to 17-7 heading into the second.
The Mount and Sacred Heart traded buckets throughout much of the second period before the Pioneers closed the frame on a 9-2 run to push their lead to 32-16 at the break. Castro powered the late run for Sacred Heart with five points.
Chickey and Harris combined for 11 points in the third quarter, but the Pioneers outscored the Mount by a 21-16 margin in the stanza as Sacred Heart headed into the fourth up by 21, 53-32. The Mountaineers trimmed the deficit to 17 on a pair of occasions in the fourth, but that was as tight as the contest would get as Sacred Heart closed out the 66-47 victory.
The playoff appearance for the Mountaineers marked the fifth straight and seventh overall under Head Coach Bryan Whitten. The team closes the 2016 campaign with nine wins, including seven in Northeast Conference action.