Emmitsburg, Md. (January 14, 2017) – Senior Alexis Carter scored a career-high 24 points, but Mount St. Mary's University wasn't able to pull off a fourth-quarter comeback, falling to Saint Francis U by a 97-88 margin in a high-scoring Northeast Conference affair on Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena.
Carter went 8-of-12 from the field and 3-of-5 from long range as she edged her previous career-high of 23, which she set on a pair of occasions including earlier this season at LIU Brooklyn. The senior added seven rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes of action.
Freshman Ashlee White also set a new career best with 15 points, while Katrice Dickson (16 pts.) and Juliette Lawless (10) each matched their career highs. Lawless also set a new career best with five assists in the contest.
Three Saint Francis U players tallied 20-plus points, led by a game-high 27 from Jessica Kovatch. Katie Reese added 24 points and Ace Harrison chipped in with 21 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double.
The Mount (3-13, 1-4 NEC) went 27-for-60 (.450) from the floor, marking its best shooting percentage in a game this season, to go along with a 10-for-25 (.400) clip from long range. The 88 points were also the most for the Mount in a contest this year. Saint Francis U shot 31-for-67 (.463) from the field and 12-for-33 (.364) from downtown.
Trailing 19-8 in the final minute of the first quarter, Mount St. Mary's closed out the period with the last seven points to tighten the gap to 19-15. Caroline Hummell began the run with a pair of free throws and a jumper on back-to-back possessions, before Kathleen Belanger-Finn hit a deep buzzer-beating three-pointer from 10 feet beyond the arc to cut the Red Flash advantage to four.
Saint Francis U (7-9, 4-1 NEC) built a 12-point advantage midway through the second period following a 10-2 run to open the frame fueled by three-pointers from Reese and Caitlin Carroll. The Mount was able to round out the half with seven of the final nine points to cut its deficit to eight, 43-35, heading into the halftime break.
The Red Flash grabbed their largest advantage of the contest, 66-49, at the 2:49 mark of the third, but the Mount chipped away in the final minutes, whittling the deficit to 13, 70-57, with one quarter remaining.
A 10-3 Mount St. Mary's run beginning at the 4:48 mark of the fourth brought the team back within seven points with under three minutes to play. Agentowicz started the rally with a three-pointer, and Dickson followed with four of the Mountaineers' next seven points to trim the SFU lead to 86-79.
The Red Flash pushed their advantage back to 11, 93-82, in the ensuing two-plus minutes of play, and held off the Mount in the final minute for the 97-88 victory.
The Mount continues its home stand with a contest against Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday, January 16 at 7 p.m. at Knott Arena.