February 2, 2013

Sacred Heart Upends Women's Basketball, 58-50

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Sacred Heart finished the game on a 13-3 run to down Mount St. Mary's 58-50 in Northeast Conference (NEC) women's basketball action on Saturday.

Sydney Henderson (Richmond, Va./Atlee) paced the Mount (9-11, 5-4 NEC) with 16 points and seven rebounds in the loss.

After Ashley Christie (Dayton, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) banked home a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to give the Mountaineers a 47-45 lead with 3:47 left, the Pioneers (14-7, 6-3 NEC) scored the next four points to take the lead for good. Morgan Merriman tied the game on a layup at 47 with 3:34 left before Gabrielle Washington hit a jumper from the corner at 2:58 to hand Sacred Heart a 49-47 lead. Jacqueline Brewer (Martinsburg, W. Va./Martinsburg) hit 1 of 2 at the free throw line to trim the score to 49-48 with 2:08 left, but Blair Koniszewski drained a 3-ball at 1:44 to extend the margin to four points and the Pioneers scored six of the final eight points to put the game away.

Koniszewski fueled Sacred Heart with a career-high 26 points while Washington chipped in 12 points in the winning effort. 

Sacred Heart took the lead and rallied after Mount St. Mary's came back in the second half to take the lead to earn its ninth-straight win in the matchup.

The two teams wrestled for the lead in the first 16 minutes of the game before the Pioneers closed the stanza on a 9-2 run to take a 28-23 lead going into the locker room. After Melanie Mocniak (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) handed the Mount a 21-19 lead on a jumper with 4:53 left, Koniszewski started a 9-0 spurt with two free throws at 3:54 to knot the game at 21. Washington hit a jumper at 3:25 to give the Pioneers a 23-21 lead and then Koniszewski and Erika Norman capped the run by both making a pair at the charity stripe for a 28-21 lead with 2:18 on the clock. Christie nailed a jumper with 1:42 remaining to trim the margin to five points at the break.

Mount St. Mary's used a 14-6 run to start the second half to take a 37-34 edge with 13:33 left in the contest. The two teams traded points over the first three minutes to maintain the five-point difference until the Mountaineers rolled off eight unanswered points in a 10-0 run to take the three-point lead. Selina Mann (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) made it a five-point game with two free throws at 17:09 before Kayla Grossett (Toronto, Ontario/David and Mary Thompson C.I.) made two at the line at 16:40 and then the junior nailed a jumper at 15:34 to make it a one-point game. Henderson gave the Mount the lead on a jumper at the 14-minute mark and Brewer scored in the lane to give Mount St. Mary's a 37-34 edge with 13:33 remaining. 

After the Mount increased the edge to 40-36 with 11:26 left, the Pioneers scored four-straight points to tie the game at 40 thanks to a Norman layup and three charity tosses by Koniszewski at 10:13. The two teams then traded points to keep the game even at 47 before Sacred Heart closed the game with a run to earn the victory.

Mocniak notched a career-high five points for Mount St. Mary's and Grossett had six points and three rebounds in the second half.

After winning its first four games on Saturday, the Mount has dropped its last two games on the sixth day of the week.   

The Mount returns to action on Monday when the first-place Quinnipiac Bobcats bring their 9-0 league record into Knott Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.