Emmitsburg, Md. (November 30, 2016) – Mount St. Mary's University held off a late fourth-quarter comeback by Coppin State to register a 54-48 win in non-conference women's basketball action on Wednesday night at Knott Arena.
The Mount entered the fourth quarter with a healthy 13-point lead, but Coppin State chipped away late in the period, trimming the deficit to five points with just under a minute remaining in the contest. A pair of free throws from Genesis Lucas with 13 seconds left brought the Eagles within four, 52-48, but Ashlee White knocked down a pair of clutch free throws on the ensuing possession to clinch the six-point victory for the Mountaineers as they improved to 2-4 on the season.
Caroline Hummell and Mikal Johnson dropped 14 points apiece and combined for 16 rebounds to lead the Mount in the tilt. Hummell grabbed nine boards, finishing just one rebound shy of her third double-double of the season. Alexis Carter chipped in with seven points and a game-high 10 rebounds, registering he sixth career double-digit rebounding game.
Lucas led the way for the Eagles with a game-high 22 points, while Vanessa Neal chipped in with 11. Tiara Goode and Oluwaseun Adeniji both pulled down 10 boards in the contest as the Eagles held a slight 46-45 advantage on the glass.
The Mount outscored Coppin State by a 19-12 margin in the third quarter, and grabbed its largest lead of the contest at the 4:10 mark of the third following a 14-6 to open the frame. Hummell and Johnson combined for 11 of the team's 14 points during the five-plus minute stretch to pace the squad.
Both teams struggled on the offensive end in the first half of play as the Eagles made just five field goals and shot 16.7-percent in the two quarters combined, while the Mount went 7-for-33 for a 21.2-percent mark. The Mount headed into the halftime break leading Coppin State by six, 20-14. Johnson led the way in the half, scoring eight of her 14 and knocking down a pair of threes.
The Mount is back in action on December 3 at in-state rival Loyola, with opening tip set for 1 p.m.