Emmitsburg, Md. (February 25, 2017) – The Mount St. Mary's University women's basketball team held LIU Brooklyn to just 12 points in the second half as the Mountaineers came back for a 56-43 victory on Senior Day at Knott Arena. The Mountaineers have now won seven of their last eight games as they improved to 12-16 overall and 10-7 in NEC play on the year.
Mount St. Mary's honored seniors Kayla Bates, Kathleen Belanger-Finn and Alexis Carter along with grad student Mikal Johnson with a pregame ceremony as part of Senior Day, recognizing the four student-athletes' contributions to the program and university throughout their time at the Mount.
With a win on Monday against St. Francis Brooklyn and a loss by Bryant, the Mount would clinch the No. 4 seed in the NEC Tournament and would host a home game in the first round.
Johnson and Carter paced the Mountaineers with 14 points apiece in the contest, and Johnson also added 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Rookie Ashlee White chipped in with 10 points and three assists, with eight of those points coming in the second half.
Shanovia Dove of LIU led all scorers with 20 points, while Gabrielle Caponegro added seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Mount held LIU to 26.5-percent shooting in the contest and just 13-percent in the second half as the Blackbirds were only able to muster 12 points combined in the third and fourth quarters.
LIU Brooklyn (5-23, 4-13 NEC) opened an 18-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter, paced by nine points from Dove, the team's leading scorer.
The Mount closed the gap early in the second period as Kayla Bates knocked down a mid-range jumper and Johnson hit a three-pointer from the corner to bring the Mount within three, 18-15.
The Mountaineers were held to just seven points in the final nine minutes of the frame as the Blackbirds extended their advantage to 31-22 at the halftime break. Dove led the way with 15 points in the half, while Johnson kept the Mount within striking distance with 12 points on four three-pointers.
The Mount defense held LIU off the board for nearly eight minutes to open the third period while going on a 14-0 run to take over the lead. White began the rally with a pair of nice moves to the bucket for four consecutive points to trim the Mount deficit to five. Layups from Carter and Bates in the next two minutes brought the Mount within one, before a steal and lay-in from White gave the Mount its first lead of the contest, 32-31. Carter capped off the run with four straight free throws as the Mount opened a 36-31 advantage.
After a three-pointer from Dionne Coe late in the period trimmed the Mount's lead back to just one, Carter and Caroline Hummell closed out the stanza with buckets to send the Mountaineers into the fourth with a five-point lead, 42-37.
With the Mount holding a 44-41 advantage at the 7:52 mark of the fourth, Carter extended the team's lead to six on a three-pointer from the wing, and Katrice Dickson followed with a layup off a feed from Carter to push the Mount's lead to eight, 49-41, with 5:47 remaining.
A three-point from the wing by Kayla Agentowicz gave the Mount its largest lead to that point in the contest, 52-43, with 2:19 showing on the clock.
With under a minute remaining in the tilt, Kathleen-Belanger-Finn hit 1-of-2 from the line, but Carter grabbed the offensive rebound and dished it to Johnson, who was fouled. Johnson hit both free throws to put the Mount up, 55-43, and seal the victory for the Mount.
The Mount closes out the regular season with a home game against St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday, February 27 at 7 p.m.