January 26, 2013

Robert Morris Edges Women's Basketball, 61-59

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Robert Morris closed the game on a14-2 run and scored the decisive basket with 1.9 seconds left en route to a 61-59 win against Mount St. Mary's in Northeast Conference (NEC) women's basketball action on Saturday.

Jacqueline Brewer (Martinsburg, W. Va./Martinsburg) paced the Mount (8-10, 4-3 NEC) with 19 points while Selina Mann (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the loss.

Mann capped a Mountaineer run that saw the senior score eight points in a 10-0 run with a triple with 7:30 left to hand Mount St. Mary's a 57-47 advantage. The Colonials (4-14, 3-4 NEC) then closed the game by scoring 14 of the final 16 points to come away with the victory.

Randi Jackson started the decisive rally with a jumper at 6:24 before Kelly Hartwell nailed a jumper at 5:03 to trim the margin to 57-51. Brewer momentarily halted the spurt at the four-minute mark with two free throws, but Robert Morris scored the final 10 points of the game.

Artemis Spanou made two free throws at 3:03 and Lou Mataly drilled a 3-ball at 2:21 before Spanou drained a jumper at 1:42 and tied the game at 59 by making 1 of 2 at the free throw line with 56 ticks on the clock. After a tie up that gave the Colonials the ball thanks to the jump ball with 28 seconds left, Mataly drove the lane from the left side and kissed the glass with 1.9 seconds left to secure the victory. 

After Mount St. Mary's grabbed a 10-point lead, the squad went 0-for-6 from the field in the final seven minutes and 30 seconds with six turnovers. 

Mataly paced the Colonials with 22 points. Spanou added 20 points and 12 rebounds while Anna Gailite chipped in 11 points in the winning effort.

The last time the Mount won at the Sewall Center, Sandra Andresson drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer in 2008 to give the Mountaineers the victory. Robert Morris used had the heroics this time around to rally to steal one from Mount St. Mary's. 

The Mount grabbed a six-point lead to start the second half thanks to 10-2 run sparked by four points from Tara Lonergan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side). The Colonials came back to even the score at 47 thanks to a 10-4 spurt.

The Mountaineers then rolled off 10 unanswered points to grab a 57-47 edge. Mann started the run with a jumper at 10:05 and then drained a trey at 9:40. After Kayla Grossett (Toronto, Ontario/David and Mary Thompson C.I.) hit a jumper at 8:36,. Mann nailed her third 3-pointer of the day at 7:31 for a 10-point lead. Fueled by five points from Spanou, Robert Morris closed the game with a 14-2 run to come away with the win.

The first half was a seesaw battle, but Robert Morris went into halftime with a 33-31 lead.

Thanks to three treys, the Colonials jumped out to an 11-5 lead with 17:22 remaining. With Robert Morris holding a 15-10 advantage, the Mount went on a 12-2 run to take a 22-17 edge with 7:45 left in the first half. 

Mann started the run with a layup at 14:25 before Lonergan scored in the paint at 13:44 to make it a one-point game. After Spanou converted two free throws with 11:56 on the clock, the Mountaineers scored eight unanswered points. Brewer connected on consecutive 3-balls at 10:47 and 9:56 before Grossett drained a jumper at 7:45 for a five-point lead. 

The Colonials came back to tie the game at 24 before the two teams traded the lead back and forth six times in the final four minutes of the half. Mataly gave Robert Morris a 33-31 lead going into the locker room with a triple with 39.2 seconds left.

The Mount finished the road trip 3-2.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Monday at home against Wagner. Game time is 7 p.m.