Women's Basketball Loses Heartbreaker To American, 48-46
EMMITSBURG, Md. – American created a turnover with three seconds left and scored on a layup with 0.2 seconds left to cap a 17-4 run en route to a 48-46 victory against Mount St. Mary's in non-conference women's basketball action on Sunday.
After the Eagles (7-5) tied the game on a 3-pointer with nine seconds left, Alexis Dobbs was able to get a part of her body on the ball to create a turnover close to midcourt. The ball scooted down to the American basket where Dobbs was able to pick it up and score on a left-handed layup with 0.2 seconds left to give the Eagles the two-point victory.
Jacqueline Brewer (Martinsburg, W. Va./Martinsburg) paced the Mount (4-6) with 15 points while Selina Mann (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) registered eight points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in the loss.
Ti'Asia McGeorge fueled American with 11 points while Geleisha George chipped in 10 points and Dobbs had seven points, including the decisive basket in the winning effort.
Mount St. Mary's led for the majority of the afternoon only to see the Eagles rally from an 11-point deficit to earn its sixth-straight win against the Mountaineers. Mount St. Mary's was looking to take down the top two preseason teams in the Patriot League after defeating Navy 53-45 at home on Dec. 8.
Brewer gave the Mount a 42-31 advantage with 9:21 remaining on a jumper before American closed the contest on a 17-4 run for the come-from-behind victory.
Dobbs started the decisive run with a jumper at 8:59 and then McGeorge drained consecutive treys at 6:55 and 5:53 to make it a three-point game at 42-39. Brewer momentarily halted the Eagles run with a layup at 3:18 to restore a four-point edge at 44-39.
Dobbs hit the front end of two free throws at 3:18, and Stephanie Anya grabbed the rebound on the second charity stripe and nailed a jumper to trim the margin to 44-42. George hit the second of two at the line at 2:27 before Sydney Henderson (Richmond, Va./Atlee) scored in the lane at 1:52 for a 46-43 edge. McGeorge hit her third 3-pointer in the run to tie the game with nine seconds remaining before Dobbs' heroics in the waning seconds of the game.
American jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game. Mount St. Mary's used a 15-4 spurt to grab a 17-12 advantage with 8:36 left in the first half thanks to seven points from Brewer and six from Mann. The Eagles would tie the game at 20, but the Mountaineers went into the locker room with a 25-22 lead. Jessie Kaufman (Damascus, Md./Damascus) drained a 3-pointer at 3:27 to give the Mount a 23-20 lead. After a Shaquilla Curtis scored in the paint with 2:32 left, Tara Lonergan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) scored in the lane with 71 seconds left to give Mount. St. Mary's a three-point lead at the break.
American tied the game at 31 in the second half with 14:31 remaining before the Mountaineers went on an 11-0 run to take its largest lead at 42-31 with 9:21 on the clock.
Henderson broke the tie to give the Mount the edge on a triple at 13:46. Mann then hit a jumper at 13:02 and Henderson nailed a jumper of her own at 12:19 for a 38-31 margin. Brewer then scored in the lane at 10:47 and drained a jumper at 9:21 for an 11-point advantage.
The Eagles then closed the game by scoring 17 of the final 21 points and scored with 0.2 seconds left to earn the win.
The Mountaineers shot 13-for-34 (40.6 percent) to jump out to the 42-31 advantage, but connected on only 2 of 12 shots in the final 9:21 of the game, including missing seven attempts from behind the arc.
Mann moved into fourth place on the program's all-time career steals list with 280 thefts.
Henderson, the current Northeast Conference Choice Hotels Player of the Week, finished the game with seven points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Rachel Mathews (Richmond, Va./Midlothian) recorded five points and seven rebounds.
Junior Ashley Christie (Dayton, Ohio/Archbishop Alter), who missed the first nine games this season due to injury, made her season debut in the game and registered two rebounds in five minutes in the first half. Christie ranked third on the team last season with 7.9 points per game.
Two former Mount women's basketball players served as guest coaches for the game. Heather (Wable) DeWees played at the Mount from 1991-95, ranks 24th in program history with 1,045 career points and was also on all three NEC Tournament Championship teams. Ravila (Alexander) McMiller joined DeWees as a guest coach for the game and registered 256 points in her career that spanned 2000-04. McMiller also served as a guest coach for a game last season.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Wednesday when the squad hosts Lehigh for its final non-conference game of the season. Game time is 7 p.m.