West Long Branch, N.J.-- The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team lost to Monmouth, 71-63 on Monday evening. Senior guard Selina Mann paced the Mount, tying a season-high of 20 points.
The Mount started of the game by going on a 6-0 run fueled by four points by Rachel Mathews (Richmond, Va./Midlothian). The Mountaineers also rattled off an 8-2 run a little later after Monmouth stopped the previous run thanks in part to four points by both Selina Mann (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) and Sydney Henderson (Richmond, Va./Atlee).
Monmouth countered with a 10-2 run of their own, capped off by a Carly Thibault three in the corner, forcing the Mount to call a timeout. Thibault lead the Hawks in the first half with seven points.
The Mount finished the half on a 12-6 run behind a strong first half performance by Mann. She finished the half with 11 points going a perfect 7-7 from the charity stripe. Henderson chipped in six points and five rebounds in the half. Mathews and Tara Lonergan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) also chipped in six points each for the Mountaineers.
In the second half, The Mount lead off the second stanza with a 7-2 run. Mann scored five of those seven points.
However Monmouth stormed back, going on an 11-7 run of their own to cut the lead to two with 6:48 remaining. They would also put together a 7-5 run lead by Alysha Womack to tie the game at the 3:53 mark.
The Hawks finished off the comeback, by outscoring the Mount 14-6 and hitting their free throws down the stretch. Womack finished with 17 points. Chevannah Paalvast, Abigail Martin and Carly Thibault each scored 11.
The Mount was lead by Selina Mann who scored 20 points, along with three rebounds, three assists and one steal. Henderson finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, to go with three assists and three steals. Lonergan chipped in with 10 points and four assists and two blocks.
The Mount returns to action on Sunday, March 10 in the NEC Quarterfinals. The Mount will travel back to Monmouth to take on the Hawks. Tipoff time is yet to be determined.