Strong Defensive Effort Lifts Mount St. Mary’s to 61-44 Victory at CCSU

Strong Defensive Effort Lifts Mount St. Mary’s to 61-44 Victory at CCSU

New Britain, Conn. (February 25, 2019) -- The Mount St. Mary's defense stifled Central Connecticut State in a 61-44 victory on Monday night at Detrick Gymnasium. The Mountaineers held CCSU to just 26.3 percent shooting in the contest and a 1-of-15 mark from the floor in the fourth quarter en route to the win.

The 44 points allowed by the Mountaineers were a season-best, as they recorded their third game of the season holding an opponent under the 50-point mark.

Michaela Harrison went 3-of-6 from beyond the arc to register a team-high 15 points, which marks her 14th straight game in double-figures. The rookie also added seven rebounds and three steals in the tilt. Harrison now sits just one three-pointer shy of tying Daly Sullivan's record for most threes in a season by a Mount St. Mary's freshman.

Jatarrikah Settle recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds to collect her second double-double of the season for the Mountaineers, while Juliette Lawless finished with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.

The victory evened the Mount's record to 13-13 overall and 7-8 in conference play, while CCSU dropped to 6-19 on the year and 3-12 in the NEC.

The Mountaineers held a 19-16 lead at the end of the first quarter, but CCSU locked down on the defensive end in the second, holding the Mount to just six points in the frame as the Blue Devils jumped in front, 27-25, before the halftime break. Both teams struggled from the field in the opening half, as the Mount shot just 29 percent overall while CCSU posted a 32.3 percent mark.

The Mount came out strong in the third period and retook the lead on Harrison's three-pointer at the 7:00 mark. Just minutes later the Mount would go on a 12-0 run, with Daly Sullivan knocking down back-to-back threes during the rally to help the team open its largest lead to that point, 47-34. CCSU's Kiana Patterson drained a three for the final bucket of the quarter, but the Mount still held a double-digit lead, 47-37, heading into the fourth.

Five straight from the Blue Devils to open the fourth cut the Mount's advantage to just five, 47-42. Both teams scored just two points apiece over the next three minutes of play until Harrison knocked down a triple and followed with a pair of free throws on the next possession to make it a 55-44 game with 2:01 remaining.

The Mount defense continued to stifle the Blue Devils, and Lawless iced the game with a three with under a minute remaining. The Mountaineers held CCSU to just 1-of-15 (.067) shooting in the fourth quarter, as the Blue Devils went scoreless over the final 6:14 of the contest.

Mount St. Mary's returns home for a Saturday matchup against Fairleigh Dickinson at 1 p.m. at Knott Arena.