Bucknell Downs Women's Basketball, 55-43

EMMITSBURG, Md. – Bucknell defeated Mount St. Mary's 55-43 in non-conference women's basketball action on Wednesday.

Sydney Henderson (Richmond, Va./Atlee) paced the Mount (1-4) with 19 points while Tara Lonergan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) chipped in eight points in her first start of the season.

Senior Selina Mann (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) tallied eight rebounds, five steals and three assists. With her three assists, Mann jumps into ninth place on the program's all-time career assist list with 335 helpers, moving ahead of current assistant coach Brianna Gauthier (334, 2006-09). The senior also moved to within one steal of sixth place on the program's all-time career steal list with 268 thefts.

Alyssa Dunn and Shelby Romine fueled the Bison (4-2) with 11 points apiece while Sheaira Jones (nine points, 10 rebounds) and Audrey Dotson (nine points, nine rebounds) both narrowly missed a double-double in the winning effort.

Bucknell jumped out to a 17-point lead in the first half and Mount St. Mary's almost completed a comeback to knot the game in the second half before the Bison pulled away for its first win in the series in seven attempts.

The first half seemed to be déjà vu all over again for the Mount. Similar to Sunday's game at Howard, the Mountaineers held an early edge before the opponent went on a run to take a double-digit advantage.

With Mount St. Mary's clinging to a 7-6 lead with 15:38 left, Bucknell used an 18-0 spurt to take a 24-7 advantage. The Bison received points from five different players in the run to take a 17-point advantage.

Trailing by 17 points, the Mount closed the half on a 13-6 run to trim the margin to 30-20 going into the locker room. Mount St. Mary's cut the margin to eight points before Romine scored in the lane with 10 seconds left in the half to restore the double-digit margin. Jenn Carney (Drexel Hills, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) powered this spurt with five points.

Mount St. Mary's then opened the second half on a 10-2 run to make it a two-point game with 14:51 remaining.  Henderson started the spurt with a jumper at 18:57 before Felicia Mgbada answered with a layup at 17:37. The Mount then scored eight unanswered points thanks to a jumper by Lonergan (17:05), back-to-back layups by Kayla Grossett (Toronto, Ontario/David and Mary Thompson C.I.) (16:28 and 15:40) and a layup by Henderson (14:51) to make the score 32-30. Dotson then started a 15-4 run and the Mount could get no closer the rest of the way.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Dec. 5 at home against UMES. Game time is 7 p.m.  The game will be Daddy/Daughter Night sponsored by The Carriage House. With the purchase of a $5 daddy ticket, daughters (18 and under) will be admitted to the game for free. At halftime, the participants of Daddy/Daughter Night will enjoy gourmet desserts, coffee, tea and juice courtesy of The Carriage House. RVSP for Daddy/Daughter Night by contacting assistant coach Josh Keys at 386-801-7130 or via email at keys@msmary.edu by Dec. 3.