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· Mount St. Mary's 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.
· In the win over Wagner, three Mountaineers set new career highs in points, led by the freshmen duo of Kayla Agentowicz and Ashlee White. Agentowicz recorded the second double-figure scoring performance of her season while registering a career-high and game-high 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 3-of-4 from long range. White registered a career-high 14 points in the contest, and sophomore Juliette Lawless posted career bests in both points (10) and rebounds (5). Senior Kayla Bates also notched a career-high seven rebounds in the tilt.
· Mount St. Mary's has seen an uptick in bench scoring in four of the last five contests, receiving 28 points from non-starters at Howard, 37 at William & Mary, 18 at West Virginia and a season-high 43 last time out in the win over Wagner. Prior to those four games, the team's bench provided 18 points just one time, coming against Lehigh back in late November. On Saturday vs. Wagner, the team's top three scorers (Agentowicz, White & Lawless) all came off the bench, combining for 39 points in the contest.
· Senior guard Alexis Carter, who transferred to the Mount prior to her junior campaign, has racked up 468 points through 42 career games played with the Mount and sits just 32 points shy of the 500 mark. The Woodbridge, Va. native continues to climb the Mount's all-time scoring list, currently ranking 70th in program history.
· The Mount meets with Bryant for the 15th time in series history on Saturday with the matchup all tied at 7-7. The Bulldogs own a slight 4-3 advantage on their home court, while the Mount holds a 4-3 mark at Knott Arena. Bryant has won each of the last five meetings, including a 70-59 victory in Emmitsburg and 86-52 win in Smithfield last season. Kayla Bates led the Mount with 15 points in the matchup at home last year, and Alexis Carter paced the team with 10 points in the tilt in Smithfield.
· The matchup vs. Central Connecticut will mark the 36th all-time meeting between the two programs with the Mount holding a big 24-11 advantage. The Mount has won six of the last seven meetings, including a series sweep last season with 54-48 and 59-55 victories. Alexis Carter and Kayla Bates led the team to the win in the matchup in Emmitsburg, combining for 24 points and 11 rebounds in the tilt.
The Bulldogs sit at 6-7 on the year and 1-1 in NEC play. They opened their conference slate with a 63-47 loss at St. Francis Brooklyn before getting back on track at LIU, topping the Blackbirds by a 62-53 margin. Senior forward Alex Klein is the team's top scorer and rebounder, ranking second in the NEC with 16.6 points per contest and third with 8.2 rebounds per game. Junior guard Ivory Bailey is the other Bulldog averaging double-digits with 12.1 points a game.
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The Blue Devils are just 3-10 overall but are off to a 2-0 start in league play following wins over Wagner (66-53) and St. Francis Brooklyn (61-53). Senior guard Aleah Epps tops the squad in scoring with 11.9 points per game and sophomore guard Kiana Patterson is averaging 10.2. Senior center Reynoso Giocelis is the team's top rebounder and ranks second in the league with 8.3 per game.
The Mount returns to Emmitsburg for a pair of home games against Saint Francis U (Jan. 14) and Fairleigh Dickinson (Jan. 16). Both contests can be seen for free at NECFrontRow.com.