Smithfield, R.I. (March 5, 2017) – Senior Alexis Carter led all scorers with 21 points, but fifth-seeded Mount St. Mary's University fell to No. 4 seed Bryant, 59-47, in Northeast Conference Quarterfinal action on Sunday at the Chace Center.
The Mount, which made its sixth straight appearance in the NEC playoffs, closes out the season at 12-18 overall.
Carter went 7-of-15 from the field and scored 14 of her 21 points in the third quarter. The senior also added a team-high eight rebounds in the contest. Caroline Hummell was the other Mountaineer to reach double figures with 11 points.
Sydney Holloway and Kierra Palmer led Bryant with 10 points apiece, with Palmer also tallying eight assists. Naomi Ashley added eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Mount opened a 15-6 lead with just under three minutes remaining in the first following an 11-point run. Hummell scored the first eight points of the stretch before Carter capped it off with a three-point play to put the Mountaineers up by nine.
Bryant answered with the final 10 points of the quarter as Haley Connors knocked down a pair of threes to fuel the run, and the Bulldogs took a 16-15 advantage into the second.
The Bulldogs scored five of the opening seven points of second period to take a 21-17 lead, but the Mount responded with buckets from Hummell and Mikal Johnson to tie things back up at 21-all.
Chanel Ramcharran put Bryant back ahead with a three-pointer, but on the ensuing Mount possession, Kathleen Belanger-Finn answered with a three of her own to even the game at 24-24 with just over a minute remaining in the half. Both teams were held off the board in the final minute as they headed into the locker rooms knotted up at 24 apiece.
Trailing 29-24 early in the third, the Mountaineers rattled off a big 13-0 run to take an eight-point advantage. Alexis Carter hit a pair of jumpers before knocking down a three-pointer to put the Mount up by a pair. The senior then hit 1-of-2 from the line on the next possession before converting a layup next time down to extend the Mount's advantage to five. Juliette Lawless capped off the rally with a traditional three-point play in transition to extend the team's lead to 37-29 with 5:45 left in the period.
The Bulldog defense tightened up in the final five-plus minutes, holding the Mount to just four points the rest of the way as Bryant outscored the Mountaineers by eight in the final five minutes to close the gap to 41-40 heading into the fourth.
Bryant's tough defense carried over into the early parts of the fourth quarter as the Mount was outscored 11-2 in the first six-plus minutes. Holloway scored two of Bryant's first three buckets of the final period, surrounding a three-pointer from Palmer, to stake the Bulldogs to a six-point lead at the 6:56 mark.
A jumper from Ashlee White broke up a string of seven straight Bryant points, but Ashley followed with a pair of free throws before Alex Klein made a layup to make it 51-43 Bryant.
Lawless hit two free throws on the other end for the Mount, but Palmer answered with another three-pointer to stretch the Bulldog lead to 54-44 with 2:01 remaining.
Palmer's third triple of the quarter with 1:05 showing on the clock essentially iced the game for the Bulldogs as they went on for the 59-47 victory.
The Mount shot 33 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from long range in the contest, compared to a 39.3 mark from Bryant from the floor and 57.1 percent from three-point land.