Loretto, Pa. (February 11, 2017) – Freshman Ashlee White scored a career-high 20 points to lift Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball past first-place Saint Francis U, 66-58, on Saturday at DeGol Arena. The victory was the fourth straight for the Mountaineers as they improved to 7-6 in league play and 9-15 overall.
White went 5-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line for her career-best 20 points. The rookie point guard also added five rebounds and four assists in just 23 minutes played. Caroline Hummell registered 13 points and seven rebounds, while Alexis Carter and Mikal Johnson chipped in with 10 apiece and combined for 15 rebounds.
The Mount shot 41.2-percent (21-51) in the game and held Saint Francis U to 34.4-percent (22-64) shooting and just a 13.3-percent (4-30) mark from long range.
Mount St. Mary's has now beaten three of the top-four teams in the league during their four-game winning streak, with victories over Sacred Heart (Jan. 30), Central Connecticut (Feb. 4) and Saint Francis U tonight.
The Mount opened the contest on a 9-0 run over the first two minutes to jump out to the early lead. White led the rally with four points, and her tough drive to the bucket and lay-in capped off the stretch.
Saint Francis U (13-11, 10-3 NEC) climbed back in the final minutes of the quarter, and a Halee Adams three-pointer closed the gap to 13-8 heading into the second.
The Red Flash tallied the first five points of the second quarter to tie things at 13-13, but the Mount answered with seven of the next nine on a three from White and back-to-back buckets from Johnson and Carter to push the lead to 20-15.
The Mountaineers held onto their advantage over the next three minutes before Saint Francis U took its first lead of the contest, 26-25, with 2:11 remaining in the half. The Red Flash added to their lead in the final minutes and took a 29-27 lead into the halftime break.
A jumper from Kayla Bates at the 6:52 mark of the third gave the Mount its first advantage of the second half, 33-31. The Mount and SFU traded buckets for much of the rest of the period, as the teams were tied on six occasions in the final six and a half minutes of the stanza, including at the final buzzer as they headed into the fourth locked at 48-48.
Trailing by a pair early in the fourth, the Mountaineers went on an 11-1 run over a five minute stretch to take a 59-51 advantage. White and Carter combined for nine of the team's 11 points to fuel the run, putting the team on top by eight.
Consecutive layups from White and Katrice Dickson gave the Mount its largest lead of the contest, 63-53, with just 44 seconds remaining. SFU responded with a bucket on the other end, but was whistled for an intentional foul on the ensuing inbounds, sending Johnson to the line for a pair and giving the Mount possession afterwards.
Johnson went 1-of-2 on her free throws, and White was fouled on the following inbounds as she also knocked down 1-of-2, putting the Mount ahead by 10 again, 65-55.
Jessica Kovatch converted an And-1 on the other end for Saint Francis U, but the Red Flash ran out of time, as the Mount went on for the 66-58 victory.
Kovatch paced SFU with a game-high 22 points, while Courtney Zezza tallied 10 point and seven rebounds.
The Mount is back in action at Robert Morris on Monday, February 13 at 7 p.m.