· The Mount fell to 2-6 on the year following a 63-52 loss to Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday at Knott Arena. Heading into the final quarter up by a pair, the Hawks outscored the Mount by nine points in the fourth to close out the 11-point victory. Caroline Hummell led the Mountaineers with a 16-point performance, while Mikal Johnson chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
· Hummell has now reached double-digit points in six of the team's eight games, and Johnson has scored double figures in five contests. Both of the team's wins this season have come when both Hummell and Johnson have reached double digits.
· Hummell currently ranks fifth among all Northeast Conference players in field goal percentage (.493), ninth in rebounding (6.8 rpg), ninth in blocked shots (1.0 bpg) and 11th in scoring (13.3 ppg).
· The Mountaineers have carried over their strong defense from a season ago as they rank second in the league this year in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 39.1-percent shooting from the field. This comes on the heels of last season when they placed second in the NEC in scoring defense, yielding just 61.9 points against per game.
The Bison own a 1-6 record this season with their lone win coming against NEC opponent St. Francis Brooklyn (78-63). They also played reigning NEC Champions Robert Morris last time out, falling to the Colonials by a 59-42 final. Te'Shya Heslip leads the squad with 17.4 points per contest, accounting for nearly 31-percent of the team's points. Imani Bryant is the team's leading rebounder with 7.3 per game while also chipping in 6.0 points per contest.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Mountaineers and Bison will meet for the 10th time in series history on Saturday with Howard holding a slight 5-4 edge. The Bison have won each of the past three meetings, including a 62-49 victory last season in Emmitsburg behind 33 points from center Victoria Gonzales. Katrice Dickson paced the Mount in the contest with 12 points and four rebounds.
The Mount continues its four-game road stretch with a contest at William & Mary on December 18 at 2 p.m.