MOUNT ST. MARY'S (8-9, 2-4 NEC) vs. LIU BROOKLYN (1-16, 0-6 NEC)
Saturday, January 26 | 2:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Md. | Knott Arena
VANESSA BLAIR JERSEY RETIREMENT
Mount St. Mary's will retire the number of former women's basketball star player and coach Vanessa Blair (C' 92) at halftime of the men's game on Saturday. Blair will be the second member of the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball program to have her number retired, joining Susie Rowlyk (C' 95), whose number was hung at a ceremony in February of 2017.
One of the all-time greats at the Mount and in the Northeast Conference (NEC), Blair was inducted into the Mount St. Mary's Hall of Fame in 2003 and earned a spot in the league's Hall of Fame in 2012. Blair was named the NEC Player of the Decade and was selected to the NEC 20th and 25th Anniversary All-Time Teams. In 2005, she was named to the Mount women's basketball 30th Anniversary Team. Blair, who earned NEC Player of the Year honors as both a junior and senior, wrapped her career as a three-time All-NEC performer and a three-time All-Tournament Team selection. To read more on Blair's illustrious career, please click here.
ABOUT THE MOUNT
>>> Mount St. Mary's kicks off a three-game home stand on Saturday afternoon against LIU Brooklyn as part of Homecoming Weekend. Opening tip from Knott Arena will be at 2 p.m.
>>> The Mount owns a 33-23 advantage in the all-time series against LIU Brooklyn, including an 18-10 mark at Knott Arena. LIU got the best of the Mount in both matchups last season. In the first meeting on the Blackbirds' home court, a late fourth-quarter comeback attempt from the Mount fell just short in a 53-48 loss. The Mountaineers, who trailed by as many as 13 in the fourth, whittled the deficit down to just two points in the final minutes, but LIU was ultimately able to escape with the victory. Juliette Lawless paced the Mount with 13 points and nine rebounds in the tilt. In the final matchup between the two last season, Jeydah Johnson drained a deep three-pointer with just 14 seconds remaining to lift LIU to a 61-59 victory in Emmitsburg. Daly Sullivan registered five three-pointers and scored a team-high 19 points for the Mount.
>>> Last time out, 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 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.
>>> Lawless has now tallied 20-plus points in eight contests this season, and has scored in double-figures in 16 of 17 games on the year. Lawless currently leads the NEC in field goal percentage (.532), ranks third in scoring (18.2), fourth in both assists (3.2) and three-point percentage (.426), and fifth in steals (1.9).
>>> Rookie Michaela Harrison has five straight games with double-digit points, and ranks second among NEC freshmen in scoring (11.3 ppg), sitting behind only Brandy Thomas of LIU Brooklyn. Harrison collected NEC Rookie of the Week honors on Wednesday for the third time this season after averaging 14.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in contests at Wagner and FDU over the week. In addition to her league-high three Rookie of the Week Awards, Harrison was also tabbed Player of the Week back in late November following her career-high 30 points and seven threes against Towson.
>>> Rebecca Lee has led the Mount in rebounding in 12 of 17 games this season, and ranks fourth in the NEC in rebounds per game (8.6). She's tallied double-figure rebounds in seven contests this year. The sophomore center also ranks fourth in the league in blocks (1.4 bpg), having tallied at least one block in 14 of 17 contests.
>>> Following the game with LIU, the Mountaineers continue their home stand on Monday, January 28 against St. Francis Brooklyn at 7 p.m.