January 28, 2013

Henderson Helps Women's Basketball Surge Past Wagner, 73-58

EMMITSBURG, Md. – Sydney Henderson (Richmond, Va./Atlee) powered a 23-6 run to close the first half with 11 points and finished the game with 19 points to propel Mount St. Mary's past Wagner 73-58 in Northeast Conference (NEC) women's basketball action on Monday.

With the Mount (9-10, 5-3 NEC) holding an 18-17 edge with 8:08 left in the first half, Henderson scored 11 points in the next six minutes to power a 23-6 run to close the stanza and give the Mountaineers a 41-24 advantage at halftime. After the Seahawks trimmed the margin to 10 points with 2:35 remaining, Henderson drained four clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Henderson shot 6-for-11 from the floor in the game, including 3 of 5 from behind the arc and 4 of 4 from the free throw line to finish the night with 19 points while also adding eight rebounds, four assists and two steals to help Mount St. Mary's to its fourth-straight win against Wagner.

The Mount also got a great play from its starting post after Tara Lonergan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) recorded a career-high 15 points along with seven rebounds and Rachel Mathews (Richmond, Va./Midlothian) notched a career-best 14 points along with six caroms.

Senior Selina Mann (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) finished the night with five assists, six steals and four points. The senior became the second player in program history to register 300 assists and 300 steals in her career and now stands at 395 assists and 306 steals in her career. Mann also moved into sixth place on the program's all-time career assist list.

Jordyn Peck paced the Seahawks with 20 points. Chanez Robinson added 11 points and eight rebounds and Stephanie Blais chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Mount St. Mary's used a strong end to the first half and halted a furious Wagner comeback attempt to earn the victory in the squad's first home game since Jan. 7.

With the score tied at 8, the Mount went on an 8-2 run to take the lead it would not relinquish. Lonergan converted two free throws at 13:54 in the first half to break the standstill and then scored in the lane at 13:29 for a four-point edge.

After Jacqui Thompson answered with a layup of her own at 13:07, Ashley Christie (Dayton, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) and Kayla Grossett (Toronto, Ontario/David and Mary Thompson C.I.) scored consecutive baskets off the glass for a 16-10 lead with 11:18 left.

Wagner went on a 7-2 spurt to make it a one-point game with 8:08 left in the first half before Henderson and the Mountaineers took over for the rest of the stanza with a 23-6 run.

Clinging to a one-point lead, Henderson drained a 3-pointer at 7:48 and then scored in the lane at 7:19. Grossett and Mathews both scored off the glass to give the Mount a 27-17 lead with 6:23 left in the half. Lonergan then scored on a layup at 5:11 before Peck answered with a jumper at 4:48.

Mount St. Mary's then scored 12 of the next 14 points to take a 41-21 advantage. Henderson started the run with a 3-ball at 3:57. After Peck scored in the lane at 2:20, Henderson nailed another triple at 1:52. Mathews scored the next four points on a layup at 1:27 and two free throws with 58 seconds left before Grossett made two at the line with eight seconds left for a 41-21 margin. Peck nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it a 17-point game going into the locker room.

Mount St. Mary's extended its lead to 51-26 with 15:30 left thanks to a 10-2 run sparked by eight points from Jacqueline Brewer (Martinsburg, W. Va./Martinsburg).

With the aid of four 3-pointers, Wagner went on a 30-15 run over the next 13 minutes to cut the deficit to 66-56 with 2:35 remaining. Blais made three of the four treys in the spurt. Mount St. Mary's closed the game by connecting on 7 of 10 from the charity stripe to seal the victory.

Brewer and Grossett both finished the game with eight points.

The Mount returns to action on Saturday at home against Sacred Heart. Game time is 7 p.m.