Pittsburgh (November 12, 2018) – Trailing by as many as 24 points at Duquesne on Monday night, Mount St. Mary's battled back and cut the deficit to just six in the fourth quarter. The resilient comeback ended up falling just short, as Duquesne held off the Mount for a 73-64 victory. Jatarrikah Settle, Juliette Lawless, and Michaela Harrison combined for 53 points in the contest for the Mount.
Settle registered a new career high in points with 19, as the sophomore went 8-of-10 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from downtown. Settle notched 17 of her 19 points in the second half of play. Lawless netted 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Harrison had her best game as a Mountaineer just three games into her collegiate career, as the rookie scored a career-best 17 points and drained four three-pointers.
The Mount, which outshot Duquesne by a 44-to-43-percent margin, also went 10-of-25 (.400) from long range. The Mountaineers outscored Duquesne in every quarter except for the Dukes' big first period.
With the Mount down by a 38-18 margin coming out of the halftime break, Settle got in an offensive groove early in the third quarter to help the Mount trim its deficit to 15. The sophomore scored six straight Mountaineer points in a 51-second stretch to make it a 41-26 game with 6:53 on the clock.
Later in the period, the Mountaineers went on a big run to close the gap to single digits. Back-to-back three-pointers from Settle and Harrison with under three minutes to play in the stanza brought the Mount within 12. After a jumper on the other end from Kadri-Ann Lass, Settle countered with five straight to cut the Duquesne lead to just nine, 51-42. Lass was able to answer once again with a three in the final minute to push the Dukes advantage back to 54-42 at the end of the third. The Mountaineers outscored Duquesne by a 24-16 margin in the third quarter behind 61.5-percent shooting and 14 points from Settle.
Three-pointers from Settle and Daly Sullivan early in the fourth got the Mount within just six at 56-50. Sullivan's long ball cut the gap to the tightest it had been since the opening minutes of the contest.
The Dukes pushed their lead back to double-digits under two minutes later, and the Mountaineers never got closer than six the rest of the way as Duquesne closed out the win.
Chassidy Omogrosso and Laia Sole led Duquesne with 14 points apiece on the night.
In the first quarter, Duquesne (1-2) jumped out to a big lead behind a tough and stifling defensive effort. The Mount (1-2) trailed by just three points, 7-4, in the early minutes of the contest, but Duquesne closed out the period on a 20-0 run to take a commanding 27-4 advantage. Duquesne forced nine Mountaineer turnovers, and held the Mount off the board in the final seven-plus minutes of the quarter. The Dukes converted 11-of-19 field goals while holding the Mount to just 2-of-13 shooting in the period.
The Mountaineers were able to slow down the Dukes' offense in the opening portion of the second quarter, outscoring them by a 9-6 margin in the first four minutes to cut into the lead. Lawless and Harrison each drained threes for the Mount during the stretch. Duquesne did however keep its advantage hovering around the 20-point mark throughout the second, and took a 38-18 into the break.
The Mount shot 25-percent in the opening half and went 3-of-14 (.210) from deep, compared to 45-percent shooting from Duquesne and a 5-for-14 (.360) clip from three-point range. Duquesne forced 15 turnovers by the Mount and scored 16 points off those turnovers. Lawless and Harrison provided the offense for the Mount in the opening half, combining for 14 of the team's 18 points.
Mount St. Mary's closes out its road swing with a contest at Rider on November 17 at 2 p.m.