Emmitsburg, Md. (November 15, 2016) – Caroline Hummell continued her strong start to the season with her second straight double-double as the junior posted a career-high 28 points and 15 rebounds to lift Mount St. Mary's University to a 65-50 victory over visiting Morgan State on Tuesday night at Knott Arena.
Hummell reached a double-double in the first half of action, registering 14 points and 10 boards, before following with 14 more points and five rebounds in the second half. The Brights Grove, Ontario native went 8-for-12 (.750) from the field, including a career-best three three-pointers, and knocked down nine free throws in the contest. Grad transfer Mikal Johnson also helped pace the Mountaineers on the night, chipping in her second straight double-figure scoring performance in as many games with 19 points.
The Mount shot 41.7-percent (20-48) in the contest and 40-percent (8-20) from downtown, compared to an abysmal 23.4-percent mark from the floor for the Lady Bears.
The Mountaineer defense stymied Morgan State in the opening quarter, holding the Lady Bears without a field goal (0-18) in the frame. The Mount went on a 12-0 run midway through the stanza to open a 16-2 lead before a pair of free throws broke up the run. Mount St. Mary's responded with the final five points of the period to take a 21-4 lead into the second.
Morgan State missed its first 19 shots of the contest before knocking down its first field goal at the 9:02 mark of the second quarter. The Mount defense continued its strong play throughout the half, holding Morgan State to just a 6.2-percent mark from the floor in the opening two quarters, and took a 31-15 advantage into halftime.
The Mount built its lead to as many as 18 in the third quarter, but the Lady Bears chipped away to pull within nine, 41-32, with under a minute remaining in the frame. Johnson knocked down a long three-pointer in the final seconds to put the Mount back up by 12, 44-32, heading into the fourth quarter.
Morgan State battled back in the final stanza, cutting to within five, 52-47, following buckets from Zuri White and Chelsea Mitchell. The Mount answered back with an 8-1 run fueled by five points from Hummell to widen the gap to 60-48 with just over a minute to play and held on for the 65-50 victory to collect its first win of the season.
The Mount heads to College Park to take on No. 6/5 Maryland on Friday, November 18 at 11 a.m.