Emmitsburg, Md. (November 20, 2019)---Mount St. Mary's closed the game with an 11-to-2 run to post a 71-61 victory over UMBC on Wednesday night at Knott Arena. Michaela Harrison led the Mountaineers in scoring as five players reached double figures in the balanced attack. Defensively, the Mount generated 30 points off 29 UMBC turnovers in the game.
The Mount (2-3) started the game quickly, scoring eight of the first 10 points of the contest with buckets from Rebecca Lee, Kendall Bresee, Harrison and Jatarrikah Settle for the 8-2 lead four minutes into the game. The Retrievers fought back by rattling off the next 12 points to take a 14-to-8 advantage. Lyric Swann's traditional three-point play gave UMBC its first lead at 11-8, and Te'yJah Oliver capped the run with a three-pointer. The Retrievers held a 19-to-13 edge after the first quarter of play.
Harrison keyed a 13-to-0 run for the Mountaineers to open the second quarter. Aryna Taylor hit a three-pointer to start the run, and Harrison followed with back-to-back buckets to give the Mount a 20-19 advantage. Lee added a traditional three-point play and Harrison drained a triple to put the Mount ahead, 26-19. Harrison scored seven of her 15 first-half points during the 13-point scoring run for the Mount. Mount St. Mary's maintained the lead the remainder of thehalf, heading to the locker room with a 34-30 lead at the break.
Harrison paced the Mount with 15 first-half points while Oliver kept paced with 15 points of her own for UMBC. The Mount forced 14 UMBC turnovers in the opening half while committing just one.
Bresee and Settle opened the second half with consecutive baskets to give the Mount an eight-point advantage, and the Mount held a 49-42 lead after a Taylor three-pointer with 2:41 left in the third quarter. UMBC responded with seven unanswered points to even the score before Taylor hit a jumper just inside the three-point line for a 51-49 Mount lead heading into the final quarter.
Bresee hit a three-pointer in the opening minute of the fourth for a 54-49 Mount lead, but UMBC fought back, taking a 57-56 lead on an Oliver traditional three-point play with 5:26 left in the game. Bresee connected on a pair of free throws on the Mount's next possession for a 58-57 lead,and Delaney Connors added two more to put the Mount up by three with 3:51 on the clock. UMBC's Swann connected on a driving lay-up to cut the Mount advantage to 60-59, but from there, the Mount closed the game with an 11-to-2 run to secure the win. Settle's bucket in the paint with 2:22 left started the run, and Lee came through with back-to-back blocks for the Mount on the next possession. She then hit 1-of-2 at the line on the other end to put the Mount up four with 1:29 left. UMBC turned the ball over, and Bresee's putback with 32 seconds left put the Mount ahead, 66-59. The Mount was able to close out the win from there.
Harrison finished with 18 points, five assists and three steals for the Mount in the win while Bresee added 14 points and a seven rebounds. Lee was a force in the middle, adding 12 points, eight boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals while Settle chipped in 11. Taylor was the final Montaineer in double figures with 10 points. Oliver led all scorers with 27 points while Swann added 16 in the loss.
The Mount shot 25-of-66 (.379) from three-point range in the game, incoluding 8-of-31 (.258) from beyond the arc. The Mount forced UMBC into 29 turnovers, holding a 30-to-11 edge in points off turnovers in the game. UMBC shot 46.7 percent from the field, but took only 45 shots in the game compared to the Mount's 66.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Tuesday, November 26, with a road game at Radford.