Emmitsburg, Md. (November 20, 2016)--Kathleen Belanger-Finn scored a career-high 22 points, but the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team fell to Fairfield, 70-57, at Knott Arena on Sunday afternoon. Finn hit 9-of-10 shots from the field en route to her career day.
The Mount (1-3) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the opening five minutes of the game behind four points from Caroline Hummel. The Stags countered with 13 unanswered points to take the lead, but the Mount was able to regroup, finishing the first quarter with a 4-0 run to cut the deficit to 13-10.
After Fairfield's Samantha Cooper hit a three-pointer to give her team a 16-10 lead, the Mount went on a 12-5 run to regain the lead. Belanger-Finn hit back-to-back three-pointers during the run that was capped by a pair of Kayla Agentowicz free throws to put the Mountaineers ahead, 22-21.
Freshman Ashlee White hit a jumper to put the Mount ahead, 30-28, with 2:04 left in the half, but Fairfield scored the next nine points to take its biggest lead of the half, 37-30. Belanger-Finn countered with a three-pointer at the first half buzzer to make the score 37-33 at the break.
Fairfield (3-1) opened the third quarter with three-pointers from Casey Foley and Macey Hollenshead to take a 43-33 lead, but the Mount responded with an 8-0 run of its own to cut the deficit to two. A Belanger-Finn jumper with 4:12 left in the third quarter cut Fairfield's lead to 45-43, however the Stags put together an 8-0 run of their own to push the margin back to 10. Fairfield's Cooper then drained a long three-pointer at the end of the quarter for a 56-44 lead.
An early 6-0 run in the fourth quarter got the Mount back in the game as Hummel scored in the paint and Agentowicz converted back-to-back buckets to cut the deficit to 58-50. The Stags were able to counter with a 10-2 run to seal the win.
Belanger-Finn was 9-for-10 from the floor and 4-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc for her career-best 22 points. Her previous career high was 15 points against Davidson in November of 2014. Hummell chipped in 10 points and six boards with Agentowicz adding her first career game in double figures with 10 points.
Cooper led Fairfield with 21 points with Kelsey Carey and Khadidiatou Diouf chipping in 14 each in the win. The Stags held a 39-to-23 edge on the boards in the game.
The Mount shot 39.6 percent from the floor and was 4-of-16 (.250) from three-point range in the game. Fairfield shot 38.5 percent overall, but was 9-of-19 (.474) from three-point range and 21-of-22 (.955) at the charity stripe.
Mount St. Mary's is back in action on Tuesday, November 22, with a home matchup against Lehigh. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. at Knott Arena.