Hamden, Conn. (March 13, 2013) -- The sixth-seeded Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team saw its Northeast Conference Tournament run come to an end with a 63-56 defeat at the hands of top-seeded Quinnipiac in the semifinals on Wednesday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. Jacqueline Brewer knocked down a career-best six three-pointers and finished with a team-high 20 points for the Mount.
The Mount (15-16), playing in the NEC Semifinals for the first time since 2001, held a 34-29 halftime lead, but the Bobcats (29-2) won the second half, 34-22, for a seven-point victory.
Three players scored in double figures for Quinnipiac led by Jasmine Martin's 22 points, including 15 in the second half.
Tara Lonergan finished three layups in the first four minutes as the score was tied 9-9. Five minutes later with the Mount trailing by three, Brewer connected on three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give the visitors a 16-13 lead with 11:27 to go in the half.
From there, the Bobcats took their biggest lead of the half at 25-18 on a 12-2 run, which was capped by Samantha Guastella's three-pointer with 8:33 to play before the half.
The Mount stormed back and gained a 28-27 edge on Kayla Grossett's steal at half court that led to a breakaway layup at the 4:08 mark. The Mount outscored the Bobcats, 6-2, the rest of the half for a 34-29 halftime advantage.
The Mount took its biggest lead one minute into the second half at 38-29 on back-to-back layups from Lonergan and Brewer.
After 11 first-half turnovers, Quinnipiac committed just one in the final 20 minutes to chip into the Mount's advantage and eventually took the lead. A 14-3 run for the Bobcats gave the home side a 43-41 lead with 13:51 to play.
With six minutes to go, Quinnipiac grew its advantage to six points before a Rachel Mathews layup and Brewer's sixth three-pointer of the night cut the Mount's deficit to just one at 53-52. The Mountaineers would get no closer, however, as the Bobcats went 8-for-8 on free throws in the last 3:17 to clinch the win and move onto the championship game.
The Mount held a 43-38 rebounding advantage, but turned the ball over 21 times to the Bobcats' 12 turnovers. For the Mountaineers, four players grabbed at least seven rebounds, led by eight from both Mathews and Jessie Kaufman.
NOTE: Jacqueline Brewer earned All-Tournament Team honors.