Strong Second Half Lifts Mount Women’s Basketball to 66-47 Win Over Wagner

Strong Second Half Lifts Mount Women’s Basketball to 66-47 Win Over Wagner

Emmitsburg, Md. (December 31, 2016) – Mount St. Mary's University outscored Wagner by 19 in the second half en route to a 66-47 victory in a New Year's Eve Northeast Conference matchup on Saturday at Knott Arena. The Mount held Wagner scoreless for a 13 and a half minute stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters to take control and break the game open. Freshmen Kayla Agentowicz and Ashlee White led the Mount with a combined 29 points in the game.

Agentowicz dropped a game-high 15 points to go along with four rebounds and White recorded 14 points as the pair of rookies each set new career highs in points. Sophomore Juliette Lawless also registered career highs in both points (10) and rebounds (5). The trio of Agentowicz, White and Lawless were part of a bench unit that scored 43 of the team's 66 points in the tilt.

Kellie Crouch and Kerstie Phills paced Wagner with 12 points apiece and Corinn Baggs was the other Seahawk to reach double figures with 10 points.

After playing an even first half and heading into the locker room tied at 31-31, the Mountaineers stymied Wagner in the second half, holding the Seahawks to just 16 points combined in the final two quarters.

Trailing by one early in the third period, The Mountaineers held Wagner scoreless in the final 6:57 of the frame to take command of the game. The stretch continued well into the fourth as Wagner didn't score until the 3:29 mark of the final period, marking a 13-plus minute scoring drought during a huge 23-0 Mount St. Mary's run. Agentowicz propelled the rally with 10 of her 15 points during the stretch, including a pair of three-pointers.

The Mountaineers coasted in the final minutes as they closed out the 66-47 victory to improve to 3-10 overall and 1-1 in NEC play. With the loss, Wagner dropped to 1-12 on the year and 0-2 in league action.

Wagner led by as many as nine in the first half, opening a 22-13 lead over the Mount at the 8:08 mark of the second quarter. The Mount erased the deficit with an 18-4 run over a six-minute stretch to open its largest advantage of the first half, 31-26. Lawless and White led the charge with a combined 13 points during the stretch. The Seahawks responded with the final five points of the half as the teams headed into the break all tied at 31-31.

The Mountaineers went 25-for-61 (41-percent) in the contest and 6-for-15 (40-percent) from downtown, both marking their second-best shooting percentages of the season. They also held an advantage in the rebounding department (38-34) for the second consecutive game.

The Mount continues NEC play with a contest at Bryant on Saturday, January 7 at 1 p.m.