EMMITSBURG, Md. (Nov. 11, 2019) - Mount St. Mary's women's basketball achieved their largest margin of victory since 1986, and earned spots in the record books with a 94-40 win over Frostburg State. The win is Mount's first for the 2019-20 season.
The Mountaineers (1-2) shot 55 percent from the floor and tallied 13 triples on the night. The treys are tied for the third most in program history. Also etched in the record books are the team's 22 steals, good for the ninth highest in a game, and matching a total set against Lehigh on January 7, 1992.
The last time Mount separated itself from an opponent this much at the final buzzer was a 113-52 rout of Shippensburg in January of 1986. It's also the first time the Mountaineers won a game by 50 or more since December 1986, which also came against the Raiders.
"We came out with a lot of intensity and stuck to our principles." Head Coach Maria Marchesano said. "I didn't even know we had that many three's. We got greedy at times and settled, but it was good for the girls to see the ball go through the hoop." Marchesano also earned her 25th win as Mount coach Monday.
Leading the way for Mount was sophomore Michaela Harrison, finishing with 17 points, five steals and four assists - all tied for game highs. She and her teammates were also key on defense, holding the Bobcats (0-3) to 30.4% from the floor and 2-of-12 from beyond the arc.
"In the first half against Kentucky, we were stifling on defense." Harrison said. "Against Indiana, it picked up in the second half, so we wanted to carry that over. It was a big confidence booster to get a win like this."
Harrison was one of four Mountaineers to reach double figures. Bridget Birkhead matched Harrison with 17 points and hit three of the 13 triples. Kendall Bresee added 16 points and came within two rebounds of a double-double, and Jatarrikah Settle added 14 points with five steals, four rebounds and four assists.
Several players also had big performances off the bench. Included on that list are Taylor Addison, who scored nine points over 13 minutes, and Annaliese Watkinson with eight points and four steals in 16 minutes.
As is predictable with a decisive victory, Mount roared ahead in the early stages and never looked back. By the time Frostburg State had scored its first field goal at the 3:10 mark of the opening quarter, the home side was already up 19-4. A Settle three pointer at the end of the first frame increased the lead to 29-8.
The second quarter was played evenly, and the Mountaineers took a 51-26 advantage into the break. But in the final 30 minutes, Mount held Frostburg to just 14 points to seal the victory. They went up 40 with a pair of Addison free throws to close out the third quarter, and went up with a Birkhead layup with 3:16 remaining.
Mount St. Mary's look to take the momentum into Saturday (Nov. 16) when they face reigning Colonial Athletic Association champion Towson. First tip will be 2 p.m. at SECU Arena.