MOUNT ST. MARY'S (6-7, 0-2 NEC) vs. BRYANT (3-10, 1-1 NEC)
Saturday, January 12 | 1:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Maryland | Knott Arena
>>> The Mountaineers are back in Emmitsburg for their first home conference game of the season on Saturday (Jan. 12), as they welcome in Bryant for a 1 p.m. tip.
>>> The battle between the Mount and Bryant will be the 20th all-time matchup. Bryant holds a slight 10-9 advantage in the series, but the Mount owns a 5-4 edge in Emmitsburg. The two teams have squared off in the NEC Playoffs in two of the last four seasons. Bryant got the best of the Mount in both matchups, winning 59-47 in 2017 and 76-54 in 2015. In the regular season series last year, the Mount posted a 68-63 victory over the Bulldogs in Smithfield behind a team-high 17 points from Katrice Dickson and 13 points from Juliette Lawless. Bryant responded with a 67-64 win in the final matchup between the two on Masey Zegarowski's game-winnning jumper with just eight seconds remaining. Dickson (21p) and Lawless (19p) led the Mount once again, while Sydney Holloway posted a double-double (20p, 15r) for Bryant.
>>> Mount St. Mary's was clipped by Saint Francis U, 68-66, on Monday night to fall to 0-2 in NEC play. The Mountaineers got a clean look on the game's final possession, but Daly Sullivan's potential game-winning three from the corner hit off the front iron as SFU escaped with the two-point victory. Rebecca Lee tallied a career-high 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers, as she recorded her second career double-double. Lee shot an efficient 6-of-10 from the field, and her 10 boards marked her fifth double-digit rebounding effort of the season. Juliette Lawless recorded an 18-point performance behind an 8-of-8 mark from the line, and also contributed five boards. Bridget Birkhead knocked down four three-pointers to collect 12 points, and Michaela Harrison added 11 to round out the team's double-figure scorers.
>>> The Mount's season thus far has been contrasted by significant splits in home and road games. The Mountaineers are 3-1 at Knott Arena, averaging 80.8 points per game and shooting 44.1 percent overall and 43 percent from long range in their home contests. On the road, the Mount owns a 3-6 mark while shooting 39.2 percent from the floor and just 29.8 percent from three-point territory.
>>> The Mountaineers have the NEC's two most efficient shooters this season in Rebecca Lee and Juliette Lawless. The pair are the only two qualifying players in the league shooting over 50 percent. Lee leads the conference in field goal percentage (.547), and Lawless ranks second (.523) in the department.
>>> Juliette Lawless (18.8 ppg) leads a trio of Mountaineers averaging double-digit points on the year. Daly Sullivan (11.2) and Michaela Harrison (10.4) are the other two in double-figures. Lawless currently ranks second in the NEC in field goal percentage (.523), third in both scoring (18.8) and assists (3.4), and fourth in steals (1.8).
>>> Bridget Birkhead continued her hot three-point shooting with four triples last time out at Saint Francis U. Since moving into the starting lineup four games ago, Birkhead is averaging 12.0 points and 3.8 threes per contest. The sophomore leads the squad with a 40.3 percent mark from deep.
>>> Following the contest with Bryant, the Mount remains at home to battle Central Connecticut on Monday (Jan. 14) at 7 p.m.