Washington, D.C. (December 10, 2016) – The Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball team was unable to overcome a big first-half deficit, falling to the Howard Bison by a 95-62 final at Burr Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Sydni Johnson of Howard led all scorers in the contest with 21 points and finished just shy of a double-double with nine rebounds. The Bison's leading scorer on the season, Te'Shya Heslep, added 18 points and eight assists, and Jasmine Hill chipped in with 15.
Howard shot 33-of-60 (55-percent) in the contest, including a 19-for-32 (59.4-percent) clip in the second half, and went 11-for-22 (50-percent) from long range. On the defensive end, the Bison forced 24 Mountaineer turnovers.
The Mount went 19-for-56 (33.9-percent) from the floor in the contest, including a 7-for-22 mark (31.8-percent) from three-point range.
Howard came out of the gates strong, outscoring the Mount by a 30-13 margin in the opening period. The Bison added to their lead in the second to take a 44-26 advantage into the break. Sydni Johnson led the way for Howard with 12 points in the half, while Mikal Johnson paced the Mount with seven points and Juliette Lawless added five.
The Bison pushed their advantage to 53-33 early in the third before the Mount went on a 7-0 spurt to pull back within striking distance. Dickson scored five points during the stretch, including her second three-pointer of the contest, as the Mountaineers trimmed it to 53-40.
Howard (2-6) responded with a 15-4 run to close out the third period, and took a 68-44 advantage into the final quarter of play.
The Mount (2-7) wasn't able to cut into the deficit in the fourth quarter, getting outscored by a 27-18 margin as the Bison went on for the 95-62 victory.
The Mount continues its four-game road stretch on December 18 at William & Mary. Opening tip from Williamsburg, Va. is set for 2 p.m.