Posted: Dec 28, 2017
ABOUT THE MOUNT
- Mount St. Mary's begins Northeast Conference on Friday (Dec. 29) at Central Connecticut State. The Mount owns a 16-12 all-time record in Northeast Conference openers.
- The Mountaineers closed out their non-conference slate by winning three of their final five games, with victories over Loyola, Rider and Maryland Eastern Shore during the stretch. The three non-conference victories are the most for the Mountaineers since the 2013-14 campaign, when they registered six wins and finished at 19-14 overall on their way to earning a trip to the WNIT.
- Last time out, rookie Daly Sullivan dropped a career-high 23 points and drained six three-pointers to fuel a fourth quarter comeback as Mount St. Mary's topped Maryland Eastern Shore, 66-63, for its first road victory of the year. Juliette Lawless chipped in with 14 points as she tallied her fifth double-figure scoring performance in the last six contests. Lawless also added a team-high seven rebounds in the tilt.
- Following her career performance in the win over Eastern Shore, Sullivan was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week. The freshman guard's career-high 23 points came on 8-of-19 shooting and a 6-for-13 mark from long range, with 20 of her 23 points coming in the second half. Her six three-pointers are tied for eighth most in a game by a Mountaineer in program history. The rookie now has six double-digit scoring performances on the season, including each of the last three contests. Sullivan became the second Mountaineer to earn an NEC weekly award this season, joining sophomore Ashlee White, who was named the NEC Co-Player of the Week on December 11.
- Mount St. Mary's sits atop the Northeast Conference leaderboard with a 72.7-percent mark from the free throw line. White (.811), Lawless (.760) and Katrice Dickson (.676) all rank among the top-10 in the league among qualifying players.
- Mount St. Mary's is set to face Central Connecticut for the 38th time in series history on Friday. The Mount owns a 25-12 advantage in the series after splitting with the Blue Devils last season. After falling in the first meeting last season by a 68-58 margin in New Britain, the Mount responded with an 81-66 victory in Emmitsburg in the second matchup. Lawless (14 pts), White (13), Kayla Agentowicz (11) and Caroline Hummell (10) all posted double-figures in the contest.
SCOUTING CENTRAL CONNECTICUT
- The Blue Devils are still looking for their first win of the season, sitting at 0-11 overall after falling to America East opponents Stony Brook (60-55) and Vermont (62-48) last week. CCSU was picked to finish fifth in the NEC Preseason Coaches Poll.
- Junior guard Kiana Patterson leads the squad with 13.1 points per game, while Andi Lydon ranks second in scoring with 11.8 points and tops the team with 6.1 rebound per contest. As a team, the Blue Devils are averaging 55.3 points per game and allowing 77.0 to opponents.