Emmitsburg, Md. (December 6, 2018) – Mount St. Mary's University was downed by Sacred Heart, 82-52, on Saturday afternoon in the Mount's Northeast Conference home opener at Knott Arena.
Junior Juliette Lawless tallied a team-high 17 points to lead the Mount in the contest, finishing just one point shy of her career-high set earlier this season against Loyola. Caroline Hummell was the other Mountaineer to finish in double-figures with 14 points.
Candice Leatherwood netted a game-high 24 points to go along with seven assists and six rebounds. Katherine Haines registered a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Tykera Carter (18 pts) and Adrianne Hagood (15) also finished in double-digits.
The Mount shot 31.7 percent from the floor and just 14.3 percent from deep in the tilt. SHU finished at 43.9 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from long range.
Sacred Heart opened an 11-2 advantage in the first six minutes of play, before a Mountaineer timeout turned the tide. The Mount came out of the stoppage with eight of the next 10 points, including five from Lawless, to cut it to a 13-10 game.
The Pioneers closed out the period on a 13-2 run to push the lead to 26-12 at the end of the first. SHU went 11-of-14 from the field in the quarter.
The Mountaineers struggled to find their groove on offense in the second frame as the Pioneers held them to just six points in the opening six minutes while extending the lead to 45-18. The Mount did register the final six points of the half to cut the deficit to 45-24 at the break.
Candice Leatherwood and Tykera Carter tallied 13 points apiece to lead a Pioneer offense that shot 54.8 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from three-point range in the half. Juliette Lawless paced the Mountaineers with 11 points, but they shot just 27.6 percent as a team in the half.
Leatherwood and Haines led the way in the third quarter with 14 points combined as SHU padded its lead to 66-37 heading into the fourth.
The Mount wasn't able to cut the deficit under 20 points in the final period as Sacred Heart closed out the 82-52 victory.
The Mount remains in Emmitsburg to take on Fairleigh Dickinson on January 8 at 7 p.m. All Northeast Conference games are streamed live for free at NECFrontRow.com.