December 3, 2012

Women's Basketball Begins Two-Game Homestand Against UMES on Wednesday

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opening tip... Wednesday's game between Mount St. Mary's and UMES marks the 11th meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1980-81 season.
• The Mount has won all 10 tilts in the series, but Wednesday's game will mark the sixth meeting between the two teams since the Mount moved to Division I.
• The two teams renewed the in-state rival in 2010 after not playing each other for 20 years.
• The Mountaineers defeated the Hawks 63-44 last season on the road.

about the lady hawks... UMES comes into the contest 1-3 after falling 67-52 against Delaware State in its MEAC opener on Saturday.
• Senior G/F Karona Roach paced the Lady Hawks with 14 points, six steals and five rebounds against the Hornets. Roach had a team-high 17 points in a 66-62 win against Elizabeth City State on Nov. 17. The senior leads the team with 12.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. She also has a team-high 14 steals and nine assists this season.
• Sophomore G Jessica Long added 1# points on Saturday. Long chipped in 10 points against Elizabeth City State. The sophomore is second on the squad with 9.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.
• Sophomore G Shawnee Sweeney posted 13 points off the bench in the squad's lone victory this season. Sweeney is averaging 4.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game this season.
• Senior G Sha-Kiyla Finney ranks third on the Lady Hawks with 6.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

last time we met...  Jessie Kaufman scored 19 points to lead Mount St. Mary's past Maryland-Eastern Shore 63-44 on Nov. 15, 2012. Selina Mann tallied 10 points, seven assists, six steals and five rebounds while Sandra Andresson  posted nine points and Ashley Christie chipped in eight points Chelsea Sanders paced the Hawks with 13 points while Shanyce Stewart hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds.

quick hits on the bucknell game... Bucknell defeated Mount St. Mary's 55-43 on Nov. 28.
• Redshirt junior Sydney Henderson paced the Mount with 19 points against the Bison. Henderson has posted double figures in three of the five games this season and has scored 19, 21 and 30 points this season in a game when she reaches double digits. The redshirt junior is averaging 20.0 points in her last two games and 19.0 points per game over her last four contests.
• Senior Tara Lonergan added eight points and three rebounds in her first start of the season on Wednesday. The senior has started 20 games in her career in the last three years. Lonergan is averaging 12.0 points per game game in her second start of a season.
• Senior Selina Mann looked to make a move on the all-time charts against the Bison. Mann recorded three assists to move ahead of assistant coach Brianna Gauthier (334, 2006-09) for ninth place in program history in career steals with 335 helpers. The senior almost moved up spot in steals as well on Nov. 28. Mann needed six swipes to jump into fifth place with 339 steals, but finished the game with five thefts. She could be on the move again against UMES, needing one steal to move into fifth place and three assists to move into eighth place on the all-time lists. Mann also had a team-high eight rebounds against Bucknell.

on the scoring front... Mount St. Mary's is averaging 52.0 points per game on offense this season.
• Under head coach Bryan Whitten the Mount averages 52.8 points per game in the games that end the calendar year, but once the New Year hits the team is averaging 60.9 points per game.
• The squad has been held to under 60 points 93 times in the last six seasons and 46 of those contests have come in non-conference play.
• Conversely, the Mount has posted 60 or more 59 times under Whitten and only 13 of those were in non-conference play.

next on tap... The Mount host Navy on Saturday to conclude a two-game homestand.
• The squad will hit the road for a two-game Big East trip after the two games in Emmitsburg to start the month of December and then will return home after the Christmas holiday for four straight at home.
• The Mount played four of its first five games on the road this season.

at the knott... Wednesday's game against UMES marks only the second home game this season after falling 54-48 to Campbell on Nov. 19.  
• The Mount will now play two-straight at home and six of the next eight contests in Emmitsburg.
• Junior Jessie Kaufman scored 24 points in the home opener against the Fighting Camels. The junior ranked second with 9.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season at Knott Arena.
• Redshirt junior Sydney Henderson paced the team with 12.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in 2011-12 at home.
• The Mount averaged 59.4 points per game and shot 35.8 percent from the field on the road while allowing 56.5 points per game and 38.3 percent to the opponent at home.
• The Mountaineers were 10-4 last season in Emmitsburg, including 3-2 in non-conference play and 7-2 in league play.

looking to a lead at the break... Mount St. Mary's has not gone into the locker room with the lead this season.
• In the first five games, the opponent has led at the break. The squad rallied from a 39-31 deficit to at the intermission to defeat Rider 70-67.
• The Mount has trailed by six points or more at the break in the five games this season.

the board story... Mount St. Mary's is 1-0 this season when it has the advantage in rebounds and has lost all four games this season when the opponent has held the edge.
• The Mount is 23-19 when it holds the advantage off the glass, but 30-73 when the opponents have more rebounds.

conference honors for henderson... Redshirt junior Sydney Henderson was named the Northeast Conference Choice Hotels Co-Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 12-18. It is the redshirt junior's first conference honor.
• Henderson posted a career-high 30 points and scored the game-winning basket with 42 seconds left to lift the Mount past Rider 70-67 on Nov. 16. The redshirt junior shot 9-for-15 from the floor, 6 of 8 from behind the arc and 6 of 7 from the foul line for her 30 points. She stuffed the stat sheet by adding eight rebounds, four steals and three assists in 40 minutes on her way to career highs in points, field goals, 3-point field goals, free throws, steals and minutes played. Henderson scored nine of the Mount's final 16 points to help the Mountaineers to their first win of the season.
• It marks the 19th time a Mount player has been named the NEC Player of the Week dating back to the 1997-98 season and the first time since Gauthier earned the honor for the final week of the 2009 regular season.

first to 30 for henderson... Redshirt junior Sydney Henderson notched her first career 30-point performance against Rider on Nov. 16.
• It was the third time under head coach Bryan Whitten a Mount player has posted 30 points in a game. The squad is 3-0 when a player hits 30 points in a contest.
• Henderson became the first Mount player to post 30 points in a game since current assistant coach Brianna Gauthier scored 32 points against Bryant on Mar. 2, 2009. It was also the first time a Mount player scored 30 points on the road since Dominique Mazzuchi had 30 points against Central Connecticut State on Jan. 12, 2008.
• It also marked the first 30-point performance in non-conference play since Myriam Baccouche had 36 points against Radford on Nov. 21, 2003.
• It is the 29th time in Mount Division I history a Mount player scored 30 points in a game and the 13th different player to accomplish the feat.

count it, one, two, THREE... Redshirt junior Sydney Henderson is 11-for-31 this season from behind the arc. The redshirt junior went 6-for-8 from 3-point land against Rider on Nov. 16. It marked the second time in her career that Henderson has connected on six 3's in a game after also hitting the mark against Monmouth on the road last season. It is the eighth most made in a single game in program history.
• Junior Jessie Kaufman is 8-for-23 from behind the arc.
• Henderson and Kaufman are a combined 19-for-54 while the rest of the team is 4-for-38 from 3-point land.
• Junior Ashley Christie, currently out with a foot injury, was 35-for-103 last season from behind the arc.
• The Mount made a single-season program-record 192 treys last season. Henderson hit a team-high 51 from behind the arc, which ranks ninth on the single-season chart in team history.

a career night... Redshirt junior Sydney Henderson posted a career-high 30 points against Rider on Nov. 16. She established a new career best 10 months to the day after she had a career-high 25 points against Central Connecticut State last season.
• Sophomore Jenn Carney scored a career-high eight points against Campbell on Nov. 16.

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 Brooklyn 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 80-125 in non-conference games since joining the Northeast Conference in 1989-90.

aye, aye captain… Senior Selina Mann, redshirt 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.

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 70 of the 89 games.
• The senior has posted a five spot in two of those categories 23 times; 11 times in three categories and eight times in four different categories.
• She has scored five points 47 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 33 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 18 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 268 thefts. She needs one steal to move into fifth place on the all-time list.
• With three assists against Bucknell, Mann moved ahead of current assistant coach Brianna Gauthier (334, 2006-09) and now stands at 335 helpers. The senior can move into eight place with three assists.
• She will also have a chance to break the Top-10 in career games played. She comes into the contest with 89 games played and needs 14 games played to crack the Top-10.

sydney on the rise and not down under... Redshirt junior Sydney Henderson has scored double figures in 18 of her last 33 games.
• Henderson is averaging 14.0 points per game in that stretch and has registered 18 points or more eight times in that span.
• She has three 20-point games and a 30-point performance in that stretch.
• Henderson posted a career-high 30 points against Rider on Nov. 16.
• 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 25 times in her career, including three 20-point performances and one 30-point game.

no cough for kaufman... Junior Jessie Kaufman has started the last 14 of the last 15 games and is averaging 11.8 points per game in that stretch.
• Kaufman registered at least nine points in 11 of those games, including nine double-digit performances in that stretch.
• Kaufman notched a career-high 25 points against Fairleigh Dickinson on Feb 18, 2012.
• She has posted double figures 16 times in her career, including two 20-point performances.

fresh start... Redshirt sophomore Jacqueline Brewer played her first game since Mar. 17, 2011 when she took the floor against Maryland on Nov. 9.
• The redshirt sophomore posted five points and a career-high five rebounds against Maryland.
• Brewer, who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer regulations after playing at Virginia Commonwealth  as a freshman, 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.

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.

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 218-108 overall mark, including 74-46 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 109-92 in the month of December in program history. The Mount is 54-26 at home, 43-49 on the road and 12-17 at a neutral site in the month.
• The Mountaineers are 55-82 in December since switching to Division I in 1988-89. The team is 26-22 at Knott Arena, 20-45 on the road and 9-15 at a neutral site.
• Under head coach Bryan Whitten, the Mount is 9-22 overall, 4-6 at home, 5-14 on the road and 0-1 at a neutral site in the month.
• Mount St. Mary's played its first-ever contest in program history in the month of December, falling to Loyola 60-31 on Dec. 4, 1974.

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 63 of the 89 games that she has played, but has been in the starting lineup for 61 of the last 62 games.
• Redshirt junior Sydney Henderson started 44 of the 61 games she has played.
• Junior Ashley Christie has started 55 of 58 games in her collegiate career.
• Junior Rachel Mathews has started 25 games in her career while fellow junior Jessie Kaufman has been in the starting lineup 24 times.
• Senior Tara Lonergan has started 20 games in her career.
• Junior Kayla Grossett has started eight games in her career and sophomore Jenn Carney earned her first career start against Maryland in the season opener on Nov. 9 and started the first three games this season.

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 33-25 when it scores 60 points in a game, but 22-72 when it does not reach 60 points.
• Defensively, the Mountaineers are 40-31 when the opponents are held under 60 points and 14-66 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 12-78 when trailing at the break.
• The squad is 23-19 when it holds a rebounding edge in a game, but just 30-73 when the opponent has the advantage and 2-5 when the two teams have equal boards.
• Mount St. Mary's is 40-31 when it holds opponents under 60 points.

hitting 20 points in a game... Senior Selina Mann, redshirt junior Sydney Henderson and juniors Ashley Christie, Kayla Grossett and Jessie Kaufman have each recorded a 20-point game in their career.
• Henderson has four 20-point performances and a 30-point game in her career, including a career-high 30 points against Rider on Nov. 16, 2012. The redshirt junior has recorded 20 or more points twice this season.
• Kaufman has a pair of 20-point games in her career, including 24 points this season against Campbell on Nov. 19. She notched a  career-high 25 against Fairleigh Dickinson on Feb. 18, 2012.
• Grossett registered a career-best 21 points against Quinnipiac on Jan. 30, 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 27 20-point performances and three 30-point games under head coach Bryan Whitten. The squad is 14-13 when a player reaches 20 points and 3-0 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 55-97 overall under Whitten. He is 275-200 in 18 seasons at a head coach at King's College and the Mount.
• The Mount is 28-40 overall at Knott Arena and 21-25 in NEC play under Whitten.
• The Mountaineers on the road are 27-57 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.