Strong Second Half Propels Mount Women’s Basketball Past Central Connecticut

Strong Second Half Propels Mount Women’s Basketball Past Central Connecticut

Emmitsburg, Md. (February 4, 2017) – Mount St. Mary's University outscored Central Connecticut by 18 points in the second half to propel the Mountaineers to an 81-66 victory in Northeast Conference women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena.

Six Mount players scored in double-figures, led by a team-high 16 from Mikal Johnson as she went 4-for-7 from long range, marking her fifth straight contest with three or more three-pointers. Juliette Lawless added a career-high 14 points, Ashlee White chipped in with 13, and Alexis Carter registered her eighth career double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Kayla Agentowicz (11 pts) and Caroline Hummell (10) were the other two Mountaineers to reach double-digits.

Trailing by three at the halftime break, the Mount came alive in the third quarter, outscoring the Blue Devils by a 21-11 margin. Ashlee White hit back-to-back layups to open the third, giving the Mount its first lead since the 6:34 mark of the second quarter.

The Mount (7-15, 5-6 NEC) pushed its advantage to five with just over three minutes remaining in the third, and extended it to an eight-point advantage a minute later on a three-pointer from Agentowicz.

Central Connecticut (8-14, 7-4 NEC) whittled the Mount's lead back down to four in the final minute of the stanza, but Carter responded from long range to push the Mountaineers back ahead by seven, 57-50, heading into the final quarter.

The Mount padded its lead to double-digits with the first two buckets of the fourth quarter as Hummell and Carter converted layups to put the team up, 61-50.

Midway through the fourth, Johnson hit her fourth three-pointer of the contest to extend the Mount lead to 14, 68-54, marking its largest advantage to that point in the game.

The Blue Devils cut the deficit back to single-digits, 68-59, with 3:46 left in the contest, but that was as close as they would get, as the Mount drained 12-of-13 from the line in the final 1:32 of the contest to close out the 81-66 win.

Mount St. Mary's went 27-for-60 (.450) from the floor, tying its best shooting percentage of the season, and held Central Connecticut to 21-for-55 (.382) shooting.

The Mount has now knocked off two of the top-four teams in the conference in its last two games, and is set for a matchup with Bryant on Monday February 6 at 7 p.m. at Knott Arena. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com and NECFrontRow.com.