SETTING THE SCENE
The fifth-seeded Mount St. Mary's University Mountaineers head to Smithfield, R.I. to take on fourth-seeded Bryant in a Northeast Conference Quarterfinal matchup on Sunday, March 5. Opening tip from the Chace Center is set for 1 p.m., and action can be seen for free at NECFrontRow.com.
> No. 1 Robert Morris vs. No. 8 Fairleigh Dickinson | Moon Township, Pa. | March 5, 1 p.m.
> No. 2 Sacred Heart vs. No. 7 St. Francis Brooklyn | Fairfield, Conn. | March 5, 1 p.m.
> No. 3 Saint Francis U vs. No. 6 Central Connecticut | Loretto, Pa. | March 5, 2 p.m.
> No. 4 Bryant vs. No. 5 Mount St. Mary's | Smithfield, R.I. | March 5, 1 p.m.
The four winners of the quarterfinal matchups will head to the semifinal round, which will take place on Wednesday, March 8 with both games set for 7 p.m. The lowest remaining seed after the quarterfinal round will play at the highest remaining seed.
REGULAR SEASON RECAP
> After opening conference play with a 3-6 mark, the Mountaineers won seven of their final nine games to finish the season at 10-8 in league play and secure the No. 5 seed.
> The second half of the conference slate featured both a four-game winning streak and a three-game winning streak. The four-gamer included victories over three of the top-four teams in the league as the Mount topped Sacred Heart (61-59), Bryant (61-53) and Saint Francis U (66-58).
> Caroline Hummell and Alexis Carter ranked top-two on the squad in both scoring and rebounding during the regular season. Hummell led the team in scoring (10.3) and Carter ranked first in rebounding (6.8). The duo combined for six double-doubles and 29 double-digit scoring performances.
NORTHEAST CONFERENCE AWARDS
> Three Mountaineers were recognized with end-of-the-year conference awards as Alexis Carter was named All-NEC Second Team, Caroline Hummell earned All-NEC Third Team honors and Ashlee White was selected to the NEC All-Rookie Team.
> Carter leads the Mount with 11.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals per contest in conference games this year. On the season, Carter ranks fifth in the league in three-point percentage (.365) and 10th in rebounding (6.8 rpg).
> Hummell leads the Mountaineers in scoring on the season with 10.3 points per game to go along with 5.2 rebounds while shooting 41.0 percent (89-217) from the floor. Hummell ranks sixth in the NEC with a 79.0 percent mark from the free throw line, and also places among the top-20 in the conference in scoring, field goal percentage, blocked shots and offensive rebounds.
> White's emergence as the starting point guard four games into conference play helped the Mountaineers turn their season around as they posted eight of their 12 wins with the rookie at the helm. White leads the squad in assists per game (1.8) and field goal percentage (.431), and is averaging 9.9 points per game as part of the starting unit.
MOUNT PLAYOFF HISTORY
> The Mount has made 24 NEC Tournament appearances since joining the league prior to the '88-89 season, and owns a 19-22 all-time record in the NEC postseason.
> Mount St. Mary's leads all Northeast Conference schools with nine NEC regular season titles and ranks third in the league with three conference championships
> The Mount's last victory in the NEC playoffs was a 75-66 win over Wagner at home in 2014 when the Mount was the No. 2 seed.
SERIES VS. BRYANT
> Mount St. Mary's meets with Bryant for the 17th time in history on Sunday with the series all tied at 8-8. The Mountaineers and Bulldogs split this year's season series with both teams winning on their home court. In the Mount's win, a 61-53 victory at Knott Arena, Alexis Carter led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Caroline Hummell registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
> In the lone meeting between the two programs in the playoffs, Bryant came away with a 76-54 victory back in the 2015 quarterfinals. Then-freshman Katrice Dickson helped pace the Mont with 12 points in the contest.