ABOUT THE MOUNT
* Aaliyah Dunham and Imani Partlow combined for 28 points to lead Xavier past Mount St. Mary's, 66-45, on Tuesday night, dropping the Mount to 0-2 on the season. Katrice Dickson paced the Mount in the contest with a team-high 14 points to go along with a career-high five steals and four rebounds. Ashlee White registered eight points, while Caroline Hummell and Bridget Birkhead netted six apiece. The Mount shot just 25.4 percent as a team and 14.3 percent from long range in the contest, while Xavier hit 46.2 percent of its shots and posted a 27.3 percent mark from three-point range.
* Dickson has now scored in double figures in each of the first two games for the Mount. After going 4-for-9 from the field and 2-for-4 from long range for 11 points against the sixth-ranked Irish last Saturday, Dickson dropped 14 points on Tuesday at Xavier, finishing just two points shy of her career-high of 16, which she's scored on three occasions, most recently against Saint Francis U in January last season. The Hagerstown, Md. native has also provided a spark on defense for the Mountaineers, leading the squad with six steals through the two games.
* The Mountaineers are coming off a 12-18 overall record and 10-8 mark in NEC play in 2016-17 as they earned the No. 5 seed in the conference playoffs. Maria Marchesano is in her first season at the helm of the Mountaineers in 2017-18. The Fort Wayne, Ind. native has five seasons of head coaching experience at Urbana University and Walsh University prior to working as an associate head coach at IUPUI last season.
* The Mount brought back nine of 13 players and 57.7% of its scoring from last year's squad. Three starters from last year returned in sophomore Ashlee White and seniors Katrice Dickson and Caroline Hummell. Hummell led the squad with 10.3 points per game and ranked second in rebounding with 5.2 per game last year. Dickson and White ranked fourth in fifth on the squad in scoring, respectively, and White topped the team in assists.
* Mount St. Mary's is set for a matchup at Coppin State on Saturday in the ninth all-time meeting between the two programs. The Mount owns a 5-3 advantage in the series. In the matchup last season, the Mount escaped with a 54-48 victory in Emmitsburg behind 14 points apiece from Caroline Hummell and Mikal Johnson.
SCOUTING COPPIN STATE
* The Eagles are coming off a pair of losses at Baylor (100-54) and Stephen F. Austin (72-59) to open the campaign.
* As a team, they're shooting .374 from the field and .323 from three-point range.
* Genesis Lucas leads the squad with 21.5 points per game, and Chance Graham is averaging a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds per contest.
* The Mount travels to Fairfield for a matchup on November 21 at 7 p.m.