Hackensack, N.J. (January 21, 2019) – Juliette Lawless registered a game-high 22 points, including nine during a crucial stretch in the fourth quarter, as the senior helped power Mount St. Mary's to a 63-47 victory at Fairleigh Dickinson in Northeast Conference women's basketball action on Monday.
Lawless recorded her eighth 20-point game of the season to continue her dominant senior campaign. The point guard went 8-of-13 from the field and drained 2-of-3 from deep while adding three rebounds and three assists. Michaela Harrison chipped in with 12 points and five boards, Bridget Birkhead notched eight points, and Rebecca Lee finished with six points and 10 rebounds to collect her seventh 10-plus rebound performance of the year.
With the victory, the Mount improved to 8-9 overall and 2-4 in conference play, while FDU dropped to 5-12 on the year and 2-4 in the NEC.
The Mountaineers came out of the gates firing, making their first three attempts from downtown to grab the early lead. Lawless, Daly Sullivan, and Harrison each hit from deep in the opening two minutes as the Mount opened a 10-0 advantage.
Lawless and Alexis Wooden combined for the Mount's next nine points to help stretch the lead to 19-3 at the 3:38 mark. The Mountaineers extended the advantage to 24-6 at the end of the first after shooting 58.3 percent in the quarter and holding FDU to a 20 percent clip.
The Mount notched the opening five points of the second period on a three from Birkhead and a layup by Lawless, which padded the advantage to 29-6. The Mount St. Mary's lead remained above 20 for the next six minutes of play, until a late run from the Knights got them back into the game. FDU scored the final nine points of the quarter to close the gap to 34-20 at the halftime break.
Lawless scored 13 points in the opening half while Birkhead added eight. The Mount shot 44 percent overall as a team in the half and made 6-of-12 from long range. FDU was held to a 26.9 percent mark and registered a 3-of-10 mark on threes.
Harrison netted six straight points to begin the third quarter, quickly pushing the Mount's lead back to 20 less than two minutes into the stanza. The Knights pulled within 14 in the final minute of the frame, but Taylor Addison's layup to beat the buzzer sent the Mount into the fourth with a 48-32 advantage.
Trailing by 16 entering the final period, the Knights went on a 12-2 run in the opening 3:53 to trim the Mount lead down to just six. Peniel M'Bikata fueled the FDU rally with seven points.
Lawless put an end to the run and took the game into her hands from there, getting to the paint and finishing on two consecutive trips down the floor to break up FDU's momentum and push the Mount lead back to 54-45 with 3:15 on the clock. Lawless continued with the team's next five points to make it nine straight for the senior, as she iced the game in the process. The surge from Lawless put the Mountaineers up 59-47 with just 1:03 remaining.
The Mount closed things out by going 4-of-4 from the line in the final minute to come away with the 63-47 victory.
Mount St. Mary's held the Knights to the lowest point total (47) by an opponent this season. FDU shot just 30.2 percent from the field and went 4-of-17 (.235) from deep.
Mount St. Mary's returns to Emmitsburg for the opening of a three-game home stand on January 26 against LIU Brooklyn at 2 p.m.