January 12, 2013

Balanced Offensive Attack Powers Women's Basketball To 66-41 Win Against LIU Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Mount St. Mary's used a balanced scoring attack with four players reaching double figures to down LIU Brooklyn 66-41in Northeast Conference (NEC) women's basketball action on Saturday at the Barclays Center. The tilt was the first-ever women's basketball game played at the NBA home of the Brooklyn Nets.

Sydney Henderson (Richmond, Va./Atlee) paced the Mount (6-8, 2-1 NEC) with 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Long Island product Tara Lonergan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) recorded 12 points while Jacqueline Brewer (Martinsburg, W. Va./Martinsburg) added 11 points and Ashley Christie (Dayton, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) notched her double-digit performance of the season with 10 points in the winning effort.

Kelly Robinson fueled the Blackbirds (3-11, 0-3 NEC) with nine points in the loss.

Mount St. Mary's took the lead in the first half and never looked back to earn its second win in NEC play this season. The Mount shot 51.9 percent (27-for-52) from the floor for the game and 57.7 percent (15-for-26) in the second half, marking the second-straight Saturday the Mountaineers shot 50 percent in a game and in the second half. In the NEC opener against Monmouth on Jan. 5, the Mount  made 51.9 percent of its shots in the contest including 65.4 percent in the final frame.

Mount St. Mary's used a pair of runs to take a 27-15 lead going into halftime.

With the score tied at 4, the Mount went on a 12-3 run to grab a 16-7 advantage with 10:23 left in the first half. Henderson started the run with a jumper at 15:37 before Letava Whippy converted 1 of 2 at the line at 15:44. Kayla Grossett (Toronto, Ontario/David and Mary Thompson C.I.) and Whippy then traded baskets to maintain the one-point margin.

The Mountaineers then scored the next eight points to extend its lead to nine points. Christie started the spurt with a 3-pointer at 13:24 before Mann nailed a trey at 12:10 and Lonergan capped the run with a jumper at 10:23.

The Blackbirds then scored eight of the next 10 points to trim the margin to 18-15 with 6:06 on the clock thanks to four points by Robinson.

Mount St. Mary's closed the half on a 9-0 run to take a 27-15 advantage at the break. Lonergan scored in the lane at 4:12 to start the run. After Brewer drained a 3-pointer at 3:25, Christie scored in the lane with 65 seconds left and Henderson scored off the glass with 25.6 seconds left for a 12-point lead after the first half.

LIU Brooklyn trimmed the margin to 34-27 with 15:11 left in the game after starting the second half on a 12-7 run. The Mountaineers answered to end the game on a 32-14 run to close out the historic first-ever women's basketball game at the Barclays Center with the victory.

Grossett finished the day with eight points while Rachel Mathews (Richmond, Va./Midlothian) added seven points. Grossett registered six of her eight points in the second half while Mathews had all seven of her points in the final stanza.

Selina Mann (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) registered five points, four rebounds, eight assists and one steal in the game. Mann moved into seventh place on the program's all-time career assist list with 370 helpers and also became the 48th player in team history to score 600 points in her career.

The Mount returns to action on Monday at St. Francis Brooklyn. Game time is 7 p.m.