opening tip... Friday's game between Mount St. Mary's and Rider marks the 22nd meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1983-84 season.
• The Broncs won last year's meeting 53-44 in the first tilt between the two teams since 2004. It was the first time Rider won a game in 14 tries at Knott Arena.
• The Mountaineers leads the series 16-5, but the Broncs have won two of the last three matchups in the series.
• The Mount's last win in the series was a 74-66 decision on Dec. 1, 2003.
• While this will be the 22nd meeting in the matchup, it will only be the eighth meeting in Lawrenceville, N.J. Rider leads the series 4-3 on their home court while the Mountaineers are 14-1 at home or a neutral site.
about the broncs... Rider comes into the contest 1-1 after falling to NJIT 63-61 on Monday.
• Junior F MyNeshia McKenzie paced the team with 18 points and 16 rebounds against the Highlanders. McKenzie recorded 16 points and nine rebounds in a 62-50 win against Stony Brook on Nov. 9. The junior leads the team with 17.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
• Freshman G Mikal Johnson added 11 points off the bench against NJIT. Johnson is averaging 8.0 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.
• Senior C Caitlin Bopp registered six points and 11 rebounds on Monday. Bopp is averaging 6.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
• Senior G Sironda Chambers paced the team against the Seawolves with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists. The senior ranks second on the team with 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
last time we met... Rider defeated Mount St. Mary's 53-44 on Dec. 29, 2011. Jessie Kaufman paced the Mount with 12 points. Sydney Henderson grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds while Sandra Andresson chipped in eight points in the loss. Sironda Chambers fueled the Broncs with 15 points and Alyssa Parsons added nine points in the winning effort.
the assistant coach tour continues… Former Mount St. Mary's women's basketball assistant coach John Miller is currently in his sixth season as an assistant coach with Rider.
• Miller was the Mount's women's basketball team manager for four years as an undergraduate and served as an assistant coach for the 2006-07 season before leaving for Lawrenceville.
• It marks the second-straight game the Mountaineers will face a former assistant coach after battling Maryland on Nov. 9, who has Marlin Chinn on its staff. Chinn was an assistant coach at the Mount for six seasons.
quick hits on the maryland game... Mount St. Mary's lost 88-47 to fifth-ranked Maryland on Nov. 9.
• Junior Kayla Grossett paced the Mount with 17 points and five rebounds. It was her 14th double-digit performance of her career.
• Junior Jessie Kaufman added eight points in the loss.
• Sophomore Jenn Carney, who made her first collegiate start gave the Mount a 2-0 lead after making two free throws at 18:50. The Mount also tied the game at 6 before the Terrapins took the lead for good.
• Redshirt sophomore Jacqueline Brewer made her Mount debut after sitting out last season due to NCAA Division I transfer regulations. Brewer, who played the 2010-11 season at Virginia Commonwealth, posted five points and a career-high five rebounds off the bench against Maryland.
• Freshman Jody Chickey made her collegiate debut against the Terrapins and recorded her first career bucket in the final minute of the play.
• Maryland was ranked fifth in the country, which marks the highest ranking the Mount has faced in team history.
next on tap... The Mount will make its 2012-13 Knott Arena debut against Campbell on Monday.
• The squad will then make a two-game Bison road trip, heading to Howard on Nov. 25 and to Bucknell on Nov. 28.
• Mount St. Mary's then begins the month of December at home against UMES (Dec. 5) and Navy (Dec. 8). The Mount will play three of its five games in the month of December at Knott Arena after playing four of its first five games on the road.
starting the season after two games... Mount St. Mary's looks to go to 1-1 for the fifth time in six years under head coach Bryan Whitten.
• The Mount has opened the season .500 after the first two games of a season 17 times, including 12 times in the Mount Division I era.
• When the squad starts the year 1-1, the Mountaineers have gone on to post winning record in 12 of the 17 years, including eight times since switching to Division I.
• Mount St. Mary's has lost the first two games eight times in program history, including eight times in the last 15 years. The squad has had a winning season twice after losing the first two games of the year.
• The Mount started 2-0 12 times in program history.
a veteran group back… Mount St. Mary's returns 87 percent of its points, 80 percent of its rebounds, 91 percent of its assists and 91 percent of its steals from last season.
• The Mount returns its Top-6 scorers from last season.
• Redshirt junior Sydney Henderson is the squad's top returning scorer after posting 359 points in 30 games for a 12.0 points per game average. Henderson also had a team-best 128 field goals and 51 made 3-pointers while ranking third in rebounding (4.0 rpg.).
• Senior Selina Mann, an All-Northeast Conference selection last season, paced the team in steals (119), assists (147), rebounds (150) and free throws (72). The senior also ranked in the NEC steals and in the Top-10 in the nation last season.
• Junior Jessie Kaufman ranked second on the team with 251 points for 9.4 points per game. Kaufman paced the team with 17 blocks and ranked second in 3-pointers made (39) and fourth in rebounds (3.5 rpg.).
• Junior Ashley Christie ranked third on the team with 8.0 points per game while posting the second-most assists (59) and steals (43) and the fourth most 3-pointers made (35).
• Junior Rachel Mathews ranked second on the team in rebounding (4.2 rpg.) and sixth in scoring (5.4 ppg.) while Kayla Grossett was fifth on the team last season in scoring (5.6 ppg.)
• Junior Tara Lonergan ranked second on the team in blocks (16).
• Sophomores Jen Carney, Melanie Mocniak and Mariah Powell each saw limited time in their first season in Emmitsburg.
three can come from almost anyone... Mount St. Mary's returns six players from 2011-12 that made a basket from behind the arc.
• Redshirt junior Sydney Henderson paced the team with 51 treys last season, including hitting six in a game against Monmouth on Jan. 9, 2012. The six 3's are the eighth most in a single game in program history.
• Junior F Jessie Kaufman, a 6-1 forward, ranked second last season with 39 baskets from behind the arc.
• Junior Ashley Christie hit 35 3-pointers as a sophomore to rank third on the squad.
• Junior Kayla Grossett connected on 21 3-balls last season.
• Senior Selina Mann made 10 3-pointers while sophomore Jen Carney connected on seven from behind the arc.
• Redshirt sophomore Jacqueline Brewer and freshman Jody Chickey also have the knack for the 3-point shot.
fresh start... Redshirt sophomore Jacqueline Brewer played her first game since Mar. 17, 2011 when she took the floor against Maryland on Nov. 9.
• Brewer played two minutes against Saint Joseph's in that contest as a member of Virginia Commonwealth before sitting out last season to NCAA Division I transfer regulations.
• The redshirt sophomore posted five points and a career-high five rebounds against Maryland.
• Brewer posted double figures in four of her first nine games with the Rams, including a career-best 14 points against Virginia Tech on Nov. 21, 2010.
• The redshirt sophomore was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie team in 2010-11.
preseason poll… The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team has been picked seventh in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Preseason Coaches Poll. Quinnipiac picked up seven of the 12 first-place votes to be tabbed as the preseason favorite. The defending NEC regular season and tournament champions Sacred Heart Pioneers nabbed four first-place votes to finish second in the poll while Monmouth secured the final first-place nod to finish third in the poll. Saint Francis (Pa.), Robert Morris, LIU Brooklyn, the Mount, Central Connecticut State, Bryant, Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Francis (N.Y.) and Wagner round out the 12-team poll. Bryant, who just completed its five-year transition to Division I, will be eligible for the NEC Tournament for the first time in 2012-13.
in the non-conference slate... Mount St. Mary's is 79-123 in non-conference games since joining the Northeast Conference in 1989-90.
on the road last season... Redshirt junior Sydney Henderson paced the team with 12.0 points per game in 16 road games last season. She averaged 14.8 points per game in her last eight games on the road to conclude the season, including four games with at least 18 points.
• Junior Jessie Kaufman averaged 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game on the road last season while fellow junior Ashley Christie was third with 7.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game away from Knott Arena as a sophomore.
• The Mount averaged 57.3 points per game while allowing 65.1 points per game on the road. The squad shot 37.3 percent from the field away from Knott Arena.
• Mount St. Mary's finished 4-12 on the road last season, 1-6 in non-conference play and 3-6 in Northeast Conference action.
• The Mount scored 70 points in three of its last four games on the road in 2011-12.
aye, aye captain… Senior Selina Mann, red shirt junior Sydney Henderson and junior Ashley Christie have been named team captains for the 2012-13 season.
• Mann was also a team captain last season.
all-conference returning… Senior Selina Mann was named to the All-Northeast Conference second team as a junior.
• Mann paced the Mount in rebounding (4.9 rpg.), assists (139) and steals (114) while averaging 6.0 points per game.
• In league play, she ranked second in steals (3.93 spg.), third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.60), fourth in assists (4.79 apg.), 10th in minute played (32.72) and 12th in free throw percentage (.761) in the NEC. In addition, Mann ranks third in the nation in steals.
man oh mann, selina... Mount St. Mary's can pretty much count on getting five from senior Selina Mann every game. The only question is will it be five points, five rebounds, five assists or five steals.
• Mann has posted a five spot in one of those categories in 67 of the 85 games.
• The junior has posted a five spot in two of those categories 22 times, 11 times in three categories and seven times in four different categories.
• She has scored five points 46 times in her career, including 17 two-digit performances and a career-high 26 at San Jose State on Dec. 29, 2010.
• The 5-4 guard has posted five rebounds 30 times in her career, including four 10-board performances.
• Mann has dished out five assists 30 times in her career including a career-high 10 assists against Wagner on Feb. 11, 2012.
• The senior has registered five steals in a game 16 times in her career, including establishing a new program record with 11 steals against Fairleigh Dickinson on Feb. 18, 2012.
• Mann leads the team with four double-doubles. She has two points-rebounds tricks, one points-steals and one rebounds-assists double-double. She is only the third player in Mount Division I history with a double-double that includes steals. The junior recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds against American on Nov. 18.
• The senior is only the second player in team history to record a 10 spot in points, rebounds, assists or steals in a game in her career. Kim Rhock is the only other player to accomplish this feat.
mann making a move in the record book… Senior Selina Mann is making a move in the Mount's career record book.
• The senior ranks sixth in career steals with 252 thefts. She needs 17 steals to move into fifth place on the all-time list.
• Mann moved into the Top-10 in assists in the final game of the 2011-12 season with 323 helpers. The senior is 11 assists away from current assistant coach Brianna Gauthier (334).
• She will also have a chance to break the Top-10 in career games played. She comes into the contest with 85 games played and needs 18 games played to crack the Top-10.
sydney on the rise and not down under... Redshirt junior Sydney Henderson ended last season by scoring double figures in 15 of her last 18 games.
• Henderson averaged 13.6 points per game in that stretch and recorded 18 points, 19 points (twice), 23 points and a career-high 25 points during that stretch.
• The redshirt junior notched her first collegiate double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Fairleigh Dickinson on Feb. 18, 2012. It was her second 10 board game that season after registering a career-high 12 caroms against Rider on Dec. 29, 2011.
• Henderson has posted double figures 23 times in her career, including three 20-point performances.
• The red shirt junior paced the team with 12.0 points per game last season.
no cough for kaufman... Junior Jessie Kaufman started the last nine games of 2011-12 and averaged 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in that stretch.
• Kaufman registered at least nine points in nine of those games, including eight double-digit performances in that stretch.
• She ranked second on the team with 8.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
• Kaufman notched a career-high 25 points against Fairleigh Dickinson on Feb 18, 2012.
• She has posted double figures 14 times in her career.
in the league... The Mount is 256-150 in Northeast Conference play, including 147-60 at Knott Arena and 109-90 on the road.
home sweet home... In its 26th season at Knott Arena, Mount St. Mary's has posted a 218-107 overall mark, including 74-45 in non-conference play and 144-62 in league play since moving across Route 15 from Memorial Gym.
in the month... Mount St. Mary's is 56-55 in the month of November in program history. The Mount is 31-17 at home, 16-31 on the road and 9-6 at a neutral site in the month.
• The Mountaineers are 30-48 in November since switching to Division I in 1988-89. The team is 18-17 at Knott Arena, 10-26 on the road and 2-5 at a neutral site.
• Under head coach Bryan Whitten, the Mount is 9-16 overall, 5-7 at home and 4-8 on the road in the month.
• The Mount is in its 39th campaign in program history, but did not have a game in November seven times.
• Mount St. Mary's won its first 17 home November games in program history.
hearing your name called at the start... Head coach Bryan Whitten has only had 20 players start in his six-year tenure at the Mount.
• Senior Selina Mann has started 58 of the 84 games that she has played, but has been in the starting lineup for 58 of the last 59 games.
• Red shirt junior Sydney Henderson started 39 of the 56 games she has played.
• Junior Ashley Christie has started 55 of 58 games in her collegiate career.
• Junior Rachel Mathews has started 22 games in her career while fellow junior Jessie Kaufman has been in the starting lineup 19 times.
• Senior Tara Lonergan has started 19 games in her career.
• Junior Kayla Grossett has started six games in her career and sophomore Jen Carney earned her first career start against Maryland in the season opener on Nov. 9.
let's play to 60 points... Mount St. Mary's is most successful under head coach Bryan Whitten when it scores 60 points in a game or holds the opponent under that total.
• The Mount is 32-25 when it scores 60 points in a game, but 22-69 when it does not reach 60 points.
• Defensively, the Mountaineers are 40-29 when the opponents are held under 60 points and 13-65 when the opponent reaches 60 points.
three keys to whitten success... The Mount is most successful under head coach Bryan Whitten when the squad leads at halftime, in rebounding or keeps the opponent under 60 points.
• The Mount is 40-16 when he holds the lead at halftime, 3-3 when the game is tied, but just 11-75 when trailing at the break.
• The squad is 22-19 when it holds a rebounding edge in a game, but just 27-72 when the opponent has the advantage and 2-5 when the two teams have equal boards.
• Mount St. Mary's is 40-29 when it holds opponents under 60 points.
hitting 20 points in a game... Senior Selina Mann, red shirt junior Sydney Henderson and juniors Ashley Christie, Kayla Grossett and Jessie Kaufman have each recorded a 20-point game in their career.
• Henderson has three 20-point performances in her career, including a career-high 25 points against Central Connecticut State on Jan. 16, 2012.
• Grossett registered a career-best 21 points against Quinnipiac on Jan. 30, 2012.
• Kaufman had a career-high 25 against Fairleigh Dickinson on Feb. 18, 2012.
• Mann scored a career-high 26 points against San Jose State on Dec. 29, 2010.
• Christie posted a career-high 21 points against Fairleigh Dickinson on Feb. 5, 2011.
• The Mount has registered 26 20-point performances and two 30-point games under head coach Bryan Whitten. The squad is 14-12 when a player reaches 20 points and 2-0 when a player scores 30 in a contest.
new to the mountain... Head coach Bryan Whitten added two players to his 2012-13 team. Freshmen Jody Chickey and Jayla Leftwich joined the team this season.
• In addition, after sitting out last season red shirt sophomore Jacqueline Brewer will be eligible to play this year. Brewer played at Virginia Commonwealth in 2010-11 as a freshman.
northeast conference history... Mount St. Mary's has made the Northeast Conference Tournament in 21 of the 23 years since the Mount joined the circuit.
• Mount St. Mary's is 17-18 in the NEC Tournament.
• The Mountaineers have not won a tournament game since a 50-45 win against Sacred Heart on Mar. 4, 2001.
• Mount St. Mary's won tournaments in 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1994-95, including earning the league's first two NCAA Division I bids.
the underlining whit... Head coach Bryan Whitten is in his sixth season at the Mount. The Mount is 54-94 overall under Whitten. He is 274-197 in 18 seasons at a head coach at King's College and the Mount.
• The Mount is 28-39 overall at Knott Arena and 21-25 in NEC play under Whitten.
• The Mountaineers on the road are 26-53 overall mark away from Emmitsburg and 14-30 in league play.
• Whitten picked up his first Mount win with a 55-51 decision at Lafayette on Nov. 17, 2007 and earned his 25th career in at Lafayette on Nov. 30, 2009.
• Whitten earned his 250th win of his career against Quinnipiac on Jan. 30, 2010.
foreign flavor... Mount St. Mary's has one international players on the roster in 2012-13.
• Junior Kayla Grossett (Canada) is the fifth international player at the Mount.
• Grossett follows Katie Walton (Canada, 1998-02), Dita Krumberga (Latvia, 2004-07), Leah Westbrooks (Ireland, 2007-11) and Sandra Andresson (Estonia, 2008-12).
new additions to the coaching staff... Head coach Bryan Whitten added Josh Keys and Brian Martin to his coaching staff for the 2012-13 season.
• Keys, a 2007 graduate of Liberty, comes to the Mount after spending one season at Stetson last season.
• Martin, a 1994 graduate of West Virginia, begins his first season as Director of Basketball Operations after serving as an assistant coach at Hood College last season.