Mount St. Mary’s Women’s Basketball Faces Sacred Heart on Monday

Mount St. Mary’s Women’s Basketball Faces Sacred Heart on Monday

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-13, 3-4 NEC) at SACRED HEART (9-9, 6-1 NEC)
Monday, January 23 | 7 p.m.
Fairfield, Conn. | William H. Pitt Center
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MOUNT ST. MARY'S NOTES
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Kayla Agentowicz, Juliette Lawless and Mikal Johnson registered 12 points apiece to lead Mount St. Mary's to a 62-44 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon inside the Pope Physical Education Center. Agentowicz led the Mount in the second half, scoring all 12 of her points in the final pair of periods, while Johnson tallied all 12 of hers in the opening half behind 4-of-6 shooting from long range. Johnson also added a team-high eight rebounds in the contest. Lawless' 12 points marked a new career high for the sophomore, while she also tallied a team-high four assists. The win was the second straight for the Mountaineers as they moved into a tie for sixth place in the Northeast Conference.
· Junior center Caroline Hummell, who has registered double-figure points in 10 games this season, continues to lead the squad in scoring with 10.9 points per game, while ranking second in rebounding with 5.6 per contest. Senior Alexis Carter (8.9 ppg) and junior Katrice Dickson (8.8) have helped pace the offense, and Carter leads all Mountaineers with 13.4 points per game in conference play.
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The Mount's bench has provided an offensive over the last 10 games, scoring 18 or more points in eight of those contests after reaching 18 points just once in the opening eight games of the season. The Mount's bench has averaged 26.7 points per game over the last 10 contests, and has put up 43 points on a pair of occasions (vs. Wagner and Saint Francis U), 37 at William & Mary and 29 or more in the pair of wins the last two times out.
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After a win last time out, the Mount is now 4-1 on the season and 81-30 all-time under Head Coach Bryan Whitten when holding a lead at halftime. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Mount is still looking for its first win when trailing at the halftime break, sitting at 0-12 in such contests.
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The Mount and Sacred Heart are set to meet for the 35th time in series history on Monday with the Pioneers holding a 29-5 advantage. A season ago, Sacred Heart held off a fierce Mount comeback in the regular season tilt in Fairfield for a 61-58 victory, before traveling to Emmitsburg and topping the Mount by a 60-52 margin. In postsea­son action, the eighth-seeded Mountaineers traveled to the Pitt Center to take on the top-seeded Pioneers, but fell by a 66-47 final despite a double-double from Alexis Carter (10p, 12r). The last Mount St. Mary's win in the series was a 76-63 triumph in Fairfield back in 2014.

SCOUTING SACRED HEART
The Pioneers escaped with an overtime victory over last-place Wagner on Saturday to improve to 9-9 overall and 6-1 in NEC play as they sit in a tie for first place in the league. They enter Monday's matchup on a four-game win streak following victories over Wagner (70-56), Bryant (65-53), St. Francis Brooklyn (81-74) and again vs. Wagner (62-52 OT). Reigning NEC Player of the Year, senior Hannah Kimmell, leads the squad and ranks fifth in the league with 14.9 points per game. Fellow senior Adaysha Williams (11.6 ppg) and sophomore Katherine Haines (10.9) have helped pace the offense as both are averaging double-figures.

NEXT UP
The Mount heads home to take on Robert Morris on January 28 at 1 p.m. as part of Mount St. Mary's Winter Homecoming. Watch live action of the tilt at NECFrontRow.com.