Emmitsburg, Md. (July 15, 2013) – The 2012-13 Mount women's basketball team was able to accomplish a feat that had not happened since the program's jump to the Division I ranks in 1988-89: Beat a BCS school. On Dec. 12, all of that changed when the Mount went on the road and upended Seton Hall out of the Big East Conference by a 74-64 final for No. 11 on the 2012-13 Top 20 Moments.
"Beating a Big East school is a great feeling," Head Coach Bryan Whitten said after the historic victory. "We came close to beating an ACC school a couple years ago (2009) when we lost to Virginia Tech by two and just to hang on and get this one, it feels really, really good."
Coming away with the upset victory may have seemed out of reach with the Pirates jumping out to a 21-13 lead 9:37 into the contest on their home floor at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J.
Just over two minutes later, however, five points apiece from Jacqueline Brewer and Jessie Kaufman helped the Mountaineers storm all the way back to even the score at 23-23. Sydney Henderson's jumper put the Mount in the lead, 25-23.
After the Mount had built up a 31-23 advantage, Seton Hall responded with seven-consecutive points to cut the lead to 31-30 with just over a minute left in the first half. Henderson's three-pointer with 37.5 seconds left followed by Brewer's three with 2.7 seconds on the clock gave the Mount a 37-30 halftime edge.
An 11-3 run by Seton Hall to open the second half gave the Pirates a 41-40 advantage with 14:34 to play. Two minutes later, Terry Green's three put the Mount in a 48-45 hole. Over the next four minutes, however, the Mount went on a 13-0 run capped by Henderson's three-pointer for a 58-48 lead.
Seton Hall was able to cut the Mount's lead to five, but Selina Mann and Henderson combined to shoot a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line in the final 1:46 of the contest to seal the victory.
The win was the Mount's third in a row and fourth overall. Henderson secured her second double-double with a game-high 27 points to go with 10 defensive rebounds, while Kaufman added 16 points and Mann chipped in with 10 points and seven assists.
Defensively, the Mount held the Pirates to 38.2 percent shooting and contained Second Team All-Big East selection Brittany Morris to nine points and one rebound.
It was the Mount's offense that was the story, however, with 48.9 percent shooting (23-of-47) from the field including a season-high 13 three-pointers and a 54.2 percent mark (13-of-24) from distance.
Since joining the Division I ranks in 1988-89, the Mount has had close calls against teams from BSC conferences, including a 44-42 loss to Virginia Tech on Dec. 9, 2009.
The victory over Seton Hall was just part of a strong season for Bryan Whitten's Mountaineers, who compiled a 15-16 record, including a 10-8 mark in the Northeast Conference. The team went on to win four of its first five NEC games and qualified for the NEC Semifinals for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
Throughout the summer, the athletic department will recap the top 20 moments of the 2012-13 season. Fans can follow along on MountAthletics.com and through social media (Facebook / Twitter). Use the hashtag #MountTop20 to give us your thoughts on the top 20.
2012-13 Top 20 Moments Release Schedule
20. Alicia Mirando Scores Twice to Beat FDU, Continues Mount's Strong Season
19. Emmit S. Burg Arrives on Campus
18. Mount Athletics Celebrates Women in Sports
17. Vanessa Blair Joins NEC Hall of Fame
16. Amanda Reach Ties for Sixth at NEC Championships
15. Kelly Conroy Earns Academic All-America Status
14. Tommy Gruschow Finishes Second at NEC Cross Country Championships
13. Brett Schmidt Drafted by Rochester Rattlers in Major League Lacrosse Draft
12. Women's Lacrosse Beats Quinnipiac On Kaitlyn Larrimore's Five Goals
11. Women's Basketball Takes Down Seton Hall, 74-64
10. July 17, 2013
9. July 19, 2013
8. July 22, 2013
7. July 24, 2013
6. July 26, 2013
5. July 29, 2013
4. July 31, 2013
3. August 2, 2013
2. August 5, 2013
1. August 7, 2013