December 8, 2012

Brewer's Career Day Helps Women's Basketball Deploy Navy, 53-45

EMMITSBURG, Md. – Jacqueline Brewer (Martinsburg, W. Va./Martinsburg) scored a career-high 16 points to help Mount St. Mary's rally past Navy 53-45 in non-conference women's basketball action on Saturday.

Brewer, a transfer from Virginia Commonwealth, started her second game in a Mount (3-4) uniform and finished 7-for-11 from the floor, including 2 of 5 from behind the arc for her 16 points. She eclipsed her career-best of 14 points she set with the Rams against Virginia Tech on Nov. 21, 2010. After sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer regulations, Brewer is averaging 12.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in her last two contests.

Sydney Henderson (Richmond, Va./Atlee) added 10 points and six rebounds while Jessie Kaufman (Damascus, Md./Damascus) tallied seven points and 10 rebounds in the winning effort.

Chloe Stapleton paced the Midshipmen (6-5) with 10 points. Alix Membreno narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds while Audrey Bauer also recorded nine points in the loss.

Mount St. Mary's rallied after starting the game 0-for-10 from the field and 1 of 14 in the game from the floor to come back to down Navy for the second-straight year at Knott Arena. After starting the game 1 of 14, the Mountaineers finished the game 20 of 43 from the field and outscored the Midshipmen 53-35 in the final 43 minutes.

After the Mount rallied to make it a three-point game going into the locker room, the nine minutes of the second half was a seesaw battle until the Midshipmen took a 37-33 advantage with 11:09 left after a Membreno basket.

Mount St. Mary's then went on a 17-2 run over the next seven minute to take the lead for good, including a 12-0 run to give the Mountaineers a 50-39 lead with 4:49 remaining.

After Membreno gave the Midshipmen a 39-38 edge with 9:08 remaining, Jody Chickey (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) tied the game at 39 after hitting 1 of 2 at the line at 8:46. Henderson gave Mount St. Mary's the lead it would not relinquish on a layup with 8:11 left. Brewer then nailed a 3-pointer at 7:29 before Kayla Grossett (Toronto, Ontario/David and Mary Thompson C.I.) scored back-to-back baskets at 6:32 and 6:05 and Rachel Mathews (Richmond, Va./Midlothian) capped the spurt with a basket in the paint at 4:49 for a 50-39 advantage.

Navy then chipped away at the lead with consecutive 3-pointers by Stapleton and Audrey Bauer to make it a 50-45 margin with 3:39 left. Brewer ended the threat and capped off her career day with a 3-ball with 81 seconds left to secure the 53-45 victory.

The Patriot League's representative in the NCAA Tournament last season, started out the game with a 10-0 lead thanks to points from four different players. Henderson ended a 0-for-10 drought by the Mount with a 3-pointer with 13:49 remaining.

The Midshipmen grabbed a double-digit advantage again at 16-5 and held a 10-point lead for the last time with a 17-7 margin with 10:05 left in the first half. Powered by six points by Brewer, the Mountaineers closed the first half on a 13-6 run to close the gap to 23-20 at the break.

Mount St. Mary's tied the game at 33 after a Kaufman 3-pointer with 13:36 left. Navy had one last small burst after a pair of free throws by Stapleton and a layup by Membreno to take a 37-33 lead, but the Mount closed the game on a 20-8 run to clinch its second-straight victory.

Grossett finished the game with eight points. Chickey tallied three points and five assists and Mathew ended with six points and four rebounds in the win.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action at Seton Hall on Dec. 16. Game time is 2 p.m.