#MountTop20: Women’s Basketball Qualifies for NEC Semifinals in Number 6 Moment

#MountTop20: Women’s Basketball Qualifies for NEC Semifinals in Number 6 Moment

Emmitsburg, Md. (July 26, 2013) – For the first time since the 2000-01 season, the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team made an appearance in the Northeast Conference Semifinals thanks to a thrilling 59-57 overtime victory over Monmouth in the Quarterfinals. Reaching the Semifinals checks in at No. 6 on the 2012-13 Top 20 Moments.

The Mount making the top four in the NEC may have seemed out of reach, especially when third-seeded Monmouth took a five-point lead at 54-49 with 3:42 remaining in overtime in the Quarterfinals on March 10. The sixth-seeded Mountaineers took over the rest of the way with a 10-3 run capped by Ashley Christie's game-winner with eight seconds remaining for the playoff win. 

Despite the Hawks' higher seed, the two teams split their regular season meetings with both squads winning on their home floors. Just six days before the playoffs, however, Monmouth came away with an eight-point victory as the Mount turned the ball over 17 times.

The stage was set as the Mountaineers made the trek back to West Long Branch, N.J. in an evenly matched contest. It was only fitting that the game went into overtime before the Mount pulled off the victory to survive and advance. This time around, the Mount was able to take care of the basketball with just 11 turnovers in 45 minutes of action.

In the first seven minutes of the game, the Mount dominated play with a 16-2 lead, forcing the Hawks to take a time out after three early turnovers.

Monmouth worked back into the game, but the Mount still held a 26-18 halftime edge.

The Hawks chipped away until eventually taking a 32-30 lead 5:19 into the second half. With regulation winding down, Monmouth scored the final three points to force overtime with the score tied at 49-49.

The Mount fell behind in the overtime period, but evened the score at 57 apiece on Tara Lonergan's jumper with 1:45 to go. With less than 10 seconds on the clock, Christie made her move in the lane and fired up a shot that went in for the game-winner.

The upset-minded Mountaineers nearly came away with another NEC Tournament victory three days later in the Semifinals against eventual champion Quinnipiac. Much to the surprise of the Bobcats' home crowd, the Mount jumped out to a 34-29 advantage heading into halftime.

All-Tournament team selection Jacqueline Brewer scored 12 of her team-high 20 points in the first half and connected on 6-of-7 from behind the three-point line on the day. Quinnipiac, however, outscored the Mount by a 34-22 margin in the final 20 minutes to move onto the championship game. 

The Mount finished the season with a 15-16 record and returns its two top scorers from a year ago in Sydney Henderson (13.1 points per game) and Brewer (10.0 points per game).

Video courtesy of Monmouth Athletics. 

 

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. Mike Salomon Breaks Career Singles Wins Record
9.   Jon Fernandez Breaks Own School Record in Javelin to Qualify for NCAA Regional
8.   Elissa Ingram Breaks Conference Record to Win Pole Vault Crown at NEC Championships
7.   Nicole Pagano Sets Career Strikeout Record
6.   Women's Basketball Qualifies for NEC Semifinals 
5.   July 29, 2013
4.   July 31, 2013
3.   August 2, 2013
2.   August 5, 2013
1.   August 7, 2013