Bryant Erases Big Fourth-Quarter Deficit to Top Mount St. Mary’s, 73-68

Bryant Erases Big Fourth-Quarter Deficit to Top Mount St. Mary’s, 73-68

Emmitsburg, Md. (January 12, 2019) – Bryant erased a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter and came away with a 73-68 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Saturday afternoon in Northeast Conference women's basketball action at Knott Arena.

The Mount (6-8, 0-3 NEC) grabbed its largest lead of the day, 62-48, with 7:45 remaining in the contest following five straight points from Jatarrikah Settle. Just minutes later with the Mount holding a 64-51 lead, Bryant (4-10, 2-1 NEC) began a string of 13 straight points that would tie the game. A layup from Masey Zegarowki and a three from Haley Connors started the run and cut the deficit back to single-digits. Consecutive layups from Brooke Bjelko and Naomi Ashley made it just a four-point game, 64-60, with 3:40 showing on the clock. The Bulldogs kept things rolling with back-to-back buckets from Haley Connors and Sydney Holloway to tie the game at 64-64 with 2:49 remaining.

Juliette Lawless put an end to the Bulldog rally with a pair of free throws at the 2:07 mark, but Bryant responded on the other end with a short jumper from Holloway to even things up once again. After a Mount St. Mary's miss, Haley Connors was fouled on a three-point attempt with 1:00 on the clock, and headed to line with a chance to put Bryant on top. The senior made 2-of-3 from the line to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game, 68-66.

The Bulldogs forced another miss from the Mount on the ensuing possession, giving them the ball with 44 seconds left. Zegarowski couldn't convert in the paint, but Bjelko came down with an offensive rebound and dished out to Kierra Palmer, who was fouled with 20 seconds remaining. Palmer sank both free throws to pad the Bryant lead to 70-66.

After a Mountaineer timeout, they worked the ball to Settle at the top of the arc, and she was fouled on a three-point attempt. Settle made her first two foul shots, but the third hit off the side iron and Holloway came down with the board for the Bulldogs. Holloway was fouled and hit both free throws to push the lead to 72-68 with 10 seconds left.

Coming out of another timeout, Michaela Harrison lobbed the in-bounds pass to Settle at the rim, but Settle's lay-up attempt rimmed out and Bryant secured the rebound. Zegarowski hit 1-of-2 at the line with six seconds left to make it a two-possession contest and ice the game, as Bryant came away with a 73-68 win.

Harrison led the Mountaineers with 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting, with 10 of her points coming in the third quarter. Settle added 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while Rebecca Lee and Lawless each added 10 points. Lee also recorded nine rebounds, finishing one shy of her second straight double-double.

Bryant had five players in double-figures, led by Kierra Palmer, who went 5-of-6 from long range and tallied 17 points. Bjelko (15p, 12r) and Holloway (10p, 14r) each collected double-doubles in the tilt.

The Mount shot 37.5 percent from the field and made 9-of-24 (.375) from long range, while Bryant posted a 46.8 percent shooting performance and hit 7-of-17 (.412) from deep. The Bulldogs converted 10-of-15 (.667) field goals in the fourth quarter.

The Mount led by as many as nine in the opening quarter, but Bryant recorded the final five points of the period to cut its deficit to 19-15 at the end of the first. Daly Sullivan and Harrison combined for 11 points in the frame to pace the Mountaineers.

Mount St. Mary's opened its first double-digit lead of the contest just past the midway mark of the second quarter following consecutive threes by Lawless and a lay-up from Alexis Wooden. With the Mount holding a 32-22 advantage, Bryant reeled off seven straight to close out the half, making it a 32-29 game at the break.

Lawless (8 pts) and Wooden (7 pts) led the Mountaineers in the opening half. The Mount shot just 34.4 percent from the field, but forced 18 Bryant turnovers in the half and scored 16 points off turnovers.

The Mountaineers led by just three heading into the second half before an early 11-4 run in the third quarter, fueled by four points from Lee and three from Sullivan, put them back in front by double-digits, 43-33, at the 5:53 mark.

A mid-range jumper by Settle with 3:37 on the clock in the third gave the Mount its largest advantage to that point at 49-37. Bryant responded with a three from Haley Connors and a jumper from Zegarowski in the next minute of play to trim the deficit back to seven, 49-42.

Harrison hit a pair of three-pointers in the final two minutes of the period to help the Mount extend its lead to 55-44 heading into the fourth.

The Mount held a healthy lead through the early stages of the fourth, before the big 13-0 run from the Bulldogs tied things up. Bryant grabbed its first lead of the game with just one minute remaining, and held on for the 73-68 victory.

Mount St. Mary's continues its home stand this coming Monday (Jan. 14) against Central Connecticut. Opening tip from Knott Arena is set for 7 p.m.