The Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball team hosts Robert Morris in a Northeast Conference tilt on Saturday, January 28 as part of Mount St. Mary's Winter Homecoming weekend. Opening tip from Knott Arena is set for 1 p.m., and action can be seen for free on NECFrontRow.com.
ABOUT THE MOUNT
· Last time out, the Mount was edged late at Sacred Heart as a corner three from Shelby Hickey with just 25 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner, fueling the Pioneers to a 49-45 victory at the Pitt Center in Fairfield, Conn. Mikal Johnson knocked down a trio of three-pointers to lead the Mount with 11 points, her ninth double-figure scoring performance of the season, while Caroline Hummell chipped in with eight points and six boards, and Juliette Lawless added seven points and a career-high eight rebounds.
· Mikal Johnson has hit a combined seven three-pointers in the team's last two contests. She knocked down four at St. Francis Brooklyn last Saturday before drilling three last time out at Sacred Heart, and has now made three or more from long range in six games on the year, including a career-high five against Morgan State in the second tilt of the season. Johnson currently ranks eighth in the conference in three-pointers made, with 32.
· Caroline Hummell continues to lead the Mount in scoring and ranks among the top-18 in the Northeast Conference in both points per game (10.7) and rebounds per game (5.6). Katrice Dickson (8.7 ppg) and Alexis Carter (8.6 ppg) round out the team's top-three scorers, and Carter also leads the squad and ranks ninth in the conference in rebounding (6.6 rpg).
· The Mount's bench has provided solid scoring numbers over the last 11 games, averaging 25.5 points per game over the span dating back to the December 10 tilt at Howard. The Mount has scored 18 or more points in eight of those 11 games, including season highs of 43 in a win over Wagner (Dec. 31) and against Saint Francis U (Jan. 14) when the team posted its highest point total in a game this season, with 88. The Mount's bench unit also registered over 30 points on two other occasions during the strecth, posting 37 at William & Mary (Dec. 18) and 32 in a recent win over Fairleigh Dickinson (Jan. 16).
· The Mount meets with Robert Morris for the 57th time in series history on Saturday with the Mount holding a 33-23 advantage all-time. The Colonials have won each of the last seven meetings, including both a season ago. Robert Morris opened the 2015-16 season series with a 61-56 victory on its home court despite a game-high 16 points from Alexis Carter, before topping the Mount by a 74-67 margin in Emmitsburg behind 21 points from Anna Niki Stamolamprou. The Mount's last win in the series was a 80-75 victory back in 2012.
SCOUTING ROBERT MORRIS
Coming off an NEC Championship last season, the Colonials currently sit in fourth place in the league with a 5-3 NEC mark after a pair of wins over Bryant (62-46) and Central Connecticut (55-46) last week. Their other three conference victories have come against Fairleigh Dickinson (66-64), LIU Brooklyn (83-42) and Wagner (82-63). Senior guard Anna Niki Stamolamprou leads the team and places third in the conference with 15.6 points per contest, while junior forward Megan Smith has helped pace the squad with 11.9 points per game and a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game.
The Mount takes on Sacred Heart on Monday, January 30 at 7 p.m. at Knott Arena in Emmitsburg. Live action will be streamed for free at NECFrontRow.com.