Prior to the start of the game, Mount St. Mary's will honor seniors Kayla Bates, Kathleen Belanger-Finn, Alexis Carter and grad student Mikal Johnson for their contributions to the program and university throughout their time at the Mount. The four members of this year's senior class have combined to play in 278 games and score 1,517 points with the Mountaineers.
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· This past Monday, the Mount trailed by as many as 18 in the third quarter at Wagner, but a furious second-half comeback, which included a 21-0 run, lifted the Mountaineers to a 70-59 victory. The Mount scored the final 13 points of the third period to pull within five, and opened the fourth with the first eight points to grab its first lead of the contest. The Mountaineers held Wagner to just one field goal in the final 13:26 of the game and just eight total points during the dominant stretch.
· Since instituting its new starting lineup (White, Bates, Johnson, Dickson, Hummell) 12 games ago, the Mount owns an 8-4 record with the new unit. Two keys to the turnaround with the lineup have been new starting point guard Ashlee White and Alexis Carter in her new role coming off the bench. White has averaged 10.1 points per game and has tallied six of her seven career double-digit scoring performances during the 12-game span. Carter has averaged a team-high 12.6 points per game in the stretch and registered seven games in double-figures.
· Mount St. Mary's has won six of its last seven games, with the only loss during the streak coming at the hands of Robert Morris. During the run, the Mount has defeated four of the other top-five teams in the league. A four-game winning streak spanning January 30-February 11 saw the Mount take down top-seeded Sacred Heart, Central Connecticut, Bryant and third-seeded Saint Francis U. After a loss at Robert Morris, the Mount got back in the win column with victories over Fairleigh Dickinson and Wagner.
· The Mountaineers rank third in the Northeast Conference in both three-point percentage and free throw percentage. The Mount owns a 31.4-percent mark from long range, led by Alexis Carter (.366 3pt pct), who places fifth in the league in three-point percentage. At the free throw line, the Mount is shooting 71.7-percent, led by Carolne Hummell (.803FT pct), who ranks fourth in the conference.
· Mount St. Mary's meets with LIU Brooklyn for the 54th time in series history on Saturday with the Mount holding a 32-21 advantage all-time. The Blackbirds have won four in a row over the Mount, including a 63-60 victory in the first meeting this season back in late December. Alexis Carter dropped 23 points and 15 rebounds in that game, but a late fourth quarter comeback attempt from the Mount fell just short. The Mount owns a 17-9 all-time record at Knott Arena against LIU Brooklyn.
SCOUTING LIU BROOKLYN
The Blackbirds split a pair of games last week, falling to Sacred Heart (51-41) on Saturday before topping St. Francis Brooklyn (62-58) on Monday to move to 5-22 overall and 4-12 in conference play. Shanovia Dove leads the squad with 16.2 points per game to go along with 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists, and freshman Aja Boyd ranks second on the squad with 10.5 points and leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per contest.
The Mountaineers close out the regular season with a home game against St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday, February 27 at 7 p.m.