Emmitsburg, Md. (January 30, 2017) – Mount St. Mary's University completed a second-half comeback to knock off Sacred Heart by a 61-59 final on Monday night at Knott Arena. Alexis Carter and Mikal Johnson combined for 30 points to lead the way for the Mountaineers.
Trailing by as many as 10 in the third quarter, the Mount stormed back to cut the deficit to just one by outscoring Sacred Heart by a 17-8 margin in the final 7:56 of the frame. The Mount defense stymied the Pioneers, holding them to just one field goal in the final four-plus minutes, and a layup from Johnson in the final minute brought the Mount within one, 49-48, heading into the fourth.
A layup from Hummell to begin the fourth gave the Mount its first lead since the opening minutes of the game, and the Mountaineers extended the advantage to four in the ensuing minutes on a three-pointer from the corner from Kayla Agentowicz.
Consecutive three-pointers from Shelby Hickey put the Pioneers back in front, 57-55, at the 5:50 mark, but that was the last time Sacred Heart would see the lead in the contest. A pair of free throws from Katrice Dickson on the Mount's next possession tied the game at 57-57, and it remained deadlocked for the ensuing three minutes as both defenses tightened up.
Alexis Carter gave the Mount the lead once again on a nice cut to the basket and lay-in with 2:20 showing on the clock, but Sacred Heart responded with a floater in the lane from Erin Storck to knot things back up at 59-all.
With under a minute remaining, the Mount forced a Sacred Heart turnover and turned it into two points on the other end as Hummell converted a pair from the line after getting fouled on a drive to the bucket. The two free throws put the Mount on top, 61-59, with just 23 seconds remaining.
After another Pioneer turnover on their next possession, Kathleen Belanger-Finn was fouled but failed to convert her two free throw attempts as Sacred Heart secured the rebound and called timeout to advance the ball.
With a few fouls to give, the Mount fouled the Pioneers twice, whittling the clock down to just 1.3 seconds. Following the second Mount St. Mary's foul, the Pioneers in-bound from underneath the Mount basket found Adaysha Williams open at the block, but Williams' off-balance layup attempt was blocked by Juliette Lawless as the Mount escaped with a 61-59 victory.
Carter registered a team-high 16 points and five rebounds, while Johnson and Caroline Hummell added 14 points apiece. Johnson hit 4-of-6 from long range, marking her fourth straight game with three or more three-pointers.
Hannah Kimmel led all scorers with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting, and Katherine Haines chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Mount shot 40.4-percent from the field and 53.5-percent from long range in the contest, marking its best shooting performance from three-point range of the season. Sacred Heart posted a 44.4-percent mark from the floor and 41.2-percent mark from long range.
The Mount continues its home stant with a matchup against Central Connecticut on February 4 at 1 p.m. Mount St. Mary's will honor former great Susie Rowlyk with a jersey retirement ceremony, and the first 250 fans will receive a free Rowlyk t-shirt.