Mount St. Mary’s Women’s Basketball Continues NEC Play Saturday at Saint Francis U

Mount St. Mary’s Women’s Basketball Continues NEC Play Saturday at Saint Francis U

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (6-11, 3-3 NEC) at SAINT FRANCIS U (9-8, 4-1 NEC)
Saturday, January 20 | 2 p.m.
Loretto, Pa.
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GAME NOTES

ABOUT THE MOUNT

  • The Mount and Saint Francis U are set to meet for the 64th time in series history on Saturday with the Red Flash holding a 34-29 advantage, including an 18-10 mark on their home court.
  • The two teams split their pair of matchups last season. SFU posted a 97-88 victory in the first meeting in Em­mitsburg as three players dropped 20-plus points, led by Jessica Kovatch's game-high 27. In the second meeting in Loretto, Mount St. Mary's grinded out a 66-58 victory behind Ashlee White's 20 points, five rebounds and four assists. Caroline Hummell chipped in with 13 points and seven boards in the contest.
  • The Mount's conference record evened up at 3-3 following a loss last time out at LIU Brooklyn. A late fourth-quarter comeback attempt from Mount St. Mary's fell just short in the 53-48 loss. The Mountaineers, who trailed by as many as 13 in the fourth, whittled the deficit down to just two points in the final minutes, but LIU was ultimately able to escape with the victory. Juliette Lawless paced the Mount with a team-high 13 points while just missing out on a double-double for the second consecutive game, finishing with nine rebounds in the contest. Caroline Hummell added nine points and four rebounds, while Katrice Dickson and Kayla Agentowicz chipped in with eight points each.
  • Lawless, who has scored in double-figures in 10 of the last 12 contests, leads the team with 14.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest in league games, while Hummell is averaging 11.2 points and 4.5 rebounds. For the season, both players rank among the top-10 in the league in field goal percentage.
  • The Mountaineers rank fourth in the conference in points per game (63.2), and are currently on pace for their highest scoring average since the 2013-14 season.
  • The Mount returns home for a matchup against league-leader Robert Morris on Monday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

SCOUTING SAINT FRANCIS U

  • Saint Francis U sits in second place in the conference with a 4-1 league mark and a 9-8 record overall. The Red Flash suffered their lone NEC loss last time out, as Robert Morris downed SFU by a 63-62 margin on a last-second three-pointer from Megan Smith, spoiling Jessica Kovatch's 42-point effort.
  • The Red Flash are leading the league by a wide margin in points per game, averaging 79.4 per contest. Kovatch ranks first in the NEC with 23.8 points per contest, and has hit a league-high 67 three-pointers on the year.