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· Senior Alexis Carter posted a career day in the NEC opener on Thursday at LIU Brooklyn, tying her career highs in both points (23) and rebounds (15), but it wasn't enough as the Mount was edged by the Blackbirds, 63-60. Trailing by nine with just over three and a half minutes remaining, the Mount went on a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to one with 1:43 left. LIU scored the next five points before Carter's third three-pointer of the game pulled the Mont within three, 63-60. Mikal Johnson had a chance to tie it on the Mount's next possession, but her three-pointer came up just short as LIU escaped with the victory.
· The double-double for Carter was the sixth of her career and first of the 2016-17 campaign. Last season, the Mount posted a 3-2 record in games that Carter recorded a double-double, and eight of the team's nine wins came when she scored in double figures.
· Caroline Hummell dropped 13 points and recorded seven rebounds on Thursday as the junior registered her eighth double-digit scoring performance of the season. Hummell continues to lead the squad in scoring (12.0 ppg), while Carter took over the team-lead in rebounding (6.4 rpg) following the 15-rebound performance.
· The Mount held a 39-29 advantage over LIU on the boards, marking the second game this season the Mountaineers have outrebounded their opponents. They're looking to reverse a trend as they had been outrebounded by double figures in five of the opening 11 games.
· The Mount and Wagner are set for the 57th all-time meeting on Thursday with the Mount holding a big 41-15 advantage. The Mountaineers have won 12 straight over the Seahawks, including a 64-55 win in Emmitsburg and 59-50 victory in Staten Island last season.
The Seahawks dropped a 66-53 decision against Central Connecticut in the conference opener on Thursday to fall to 1-11 overall and 0-1 in NEC play. Freshman Kerstie Phills, the reigning NEC Rookie of the Week, paced Wagner in the contest with her second double-double of the season, registering a career-high 20 points and 12 rebounds. Tanasia Russell leads the squad on the year with 12.5 points per game, and Phills ranks second with 9.2 per contest.
The Mount hits the road for a pair of league games at Bryant (Jan. 7) and Central Connecticut (Jan. 9). Both games can be seen for free at NECFrontRow.com.