Lonergan's Layup With 36.1 Seconds Left Propels Women's Basketball Past St. Francis Brooklyn, 49-45

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Tara Lonergan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) scored in the lane with 36.1 seconds left to lift Mount St. Mary's past St. Francis Brooklyn 49-45 in Northeast Conference (NEC) women's basketball action on Monday.

After a technical foul on the Mount (7-8, 3-1 NEC), the Terriers (5-10, 2-2 NEC)  tied the game at 45 on two free throws by Eilidh Simpson with 1:27 left. St. Francis Brooklyn maintain possession thanks to the technical foul, but Leah Fechko missed a 3-pointer and Sydney Henderson (Richmond, Va./Atlee) corralled the defensive rebound with 1:01 on the clock. Lonergan then took a pass from Ashley Christie (Dayton, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) and kissed it off the glass with 36.1 seconds left to regain the lead for the Mountaineers. Katie Fox then missed a layup with 11 seconds left and Henderson was there again to grab the rebound. Selina Mann (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) then converted two free throws with 9.7 seconds left to preserve the victory.

Jessie Kaufman (Damascus, Md./Damascus) paced Mount St. Mary's with 17 points. Lonergan notched her third-straight double-figure performance with 10 points while Henderson chipped in six points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in the winning effort.

Jaymee Veney and Sarah Benedetti fueled St. Francis Brooklyn with 10 points apiece.

St. Francis Brooklyn wrestled the lead away from the Mount a couple times on the night, but the Mount's upperclassmen stepped it up down the stretch to guide the Mountaineers to a 3-1 league start for the first time since 2005-06.

Lonergan got the Mount off to a fast start with three layups in the first three minutes and 29 seconds  of the game to hand the Mount a 6-2 lead. 

The Terriers rallied to tie the game at 15 and again at 17. With the score tied at 17, the Mountaineers scored four-straight points thanks to two free throws from Kayla Grossett (Toronto, Ontario/David and Mary Thompson C.I.) at 6:01 and a layup by Jacqueline Brewer (Martinsburg, W. Va./Martinsburg) at 5:43 to give Mount St. Mary's a 21-17 edge.

St. Francis Brooklyn then scored the next five points to take its first lead of the night at 22-21. Veney recorded her four-consecutive basket for the Terriers at 5:26 and Benedetti drained a 3-pointer at 2:13 for a one-point edge.

Mount St. Mary's closed the half on an 8-2 run to take a five-point edge at the break. Henderson regained the lead for the Mount on a layup with 2:20 left in the stanza before Jessie Kaufman hit back-to-back treys with 81 seconds and 42.1 seconds remaining in the half for a 29-22 lead. Fox trimmed the margin to 29-24 on two free throws with 8.6 seconds left.

The Mount grabbed a six-point lead in the second half at 17:47 and 12:54 left in the contest, but the Terriers used a 7-0 run to take a 37-36 edge with 10:36 left thanks to baskets from three different players. 

Henderson and Fechko traded baskets before Kaufman nailed a trey with 8:01 left to give the Mountaineers a 41-39 edge. Fechko and Jessica Kaufman scored consecutive baskets to regain the lead for St. Francis Brooklyn at 43-41 with 4:58 left. 

Kaufman answered for the Mount again with a basket from behind the arc at 3:13 and Christie extended the lead to two points by making 1 of 2 at the free throw line with 1:56 on the clock. A technical foul aided the Terriers to tie the game, but the senior class of Lonergan and Mann helped secure the victory.

Brewer added seven points and six rebounds while Mann moved into third place on the program's all-time career steal list.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Saturday at Bryant. Game time is 1 p.m.