Women’s Basketball Topped by First-Place Colonials

Women’s Basketball Topped by First-Place Colonials

Emmitsburg, Md. (January 22, 2018) – Mount St. Mary's was topped by Robert Morris 77-68 on Monday night at Knott Arena, as the Colonials remained unbeaten in Northeast Conference play. Rookie Daly Sullivan led the way for the Mountaineers with a team-high 19 points.

Sullivan went 7-of-12 from the field and 4-for-8 from long range in the contest, while tallying 13 of her 19 points in the second half of play. The freshman guard matched her career-high with four assists in the tilt. Ashlee White helped pace the Mount with 14 points and three assists in her second game back from injury.

Robert Morris had a balanced scoring game with four players finishing in double-figures. Megan Smith led the way with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Honoka Ikematsu and Nina Augustin added 14 points apiece, and Megan Callahan chipped in 12.

The Colonials improved to 14-4 on the year and a perfect 7-0 in conference with the win, while the Mount dropped to 6-13 overall and 3-5 in league play.

Mount St. Mary's shot 41.2 percent in the contest and 39.3 percent from three-point territory, compared to RMU, which shot 45.9 percent from the field with a 45.0 percent clip from downtown.

Robert Morris opened the contest on a 10-0 run before White responded with seven straight for the Mount in a span of just over a minute to make it a 10-7 game midway through the period. RMU registered nine of the next 12 points to push its lead to 19-10 at the 2:06 mark, and after a pair of Rebecca Lee foul shots, Augustin drained a three for the final bucket of the quarter to give the Colonials a 22-12 advantage at the end of one.

Mount St. Mary's heated up from beyond the arc halfway thru the second stanza, draining a trio of three-pointers in a span of five possessions to jump back within striking distance. Bridget Birkhead nailed the first two from long range, and Sullivan capped off the rally with a deep three from the wing to cut the Mount deficit to 29-26 at the 5:07 mark.

The Mount trimmed the RMU lead to just two points with 1:48 on the clock, but the Colonials netted the final six points of the half to take a 38-30 advantage into the intermission.

RMU pushed the lead to 10 with the opening bucket of the third quarter, and remained ahead by double-digits for most of the frame. The Mountaineers trailed 56-44 with less than two minutes remaining in the third, but a 7-2 run to close it out brought the Mount back within seven, 58-51, heading into the fourth quarter.

On the opening possession of the fourth, Sullivan knocked down her fourth three-pointer of the game off a feed from White to cut the RMU lead to just four, 58-54. The Colonials held Mount St. Mary's to just one field goal over the ensuing six minutes of play, going on a 15-2 run during the stretch to extend their advantage to 73-56 with 3:25 remaining in the tilt.

The Mountaineers weren't able to get closer than nine points the rest of the way, as the Colonials closed out the 77-68 victory to stay perfect in league play.

The Mountaineers remain in Emmitsburg for a tilt against Wagner on Saturday, January 27 at 1 p.m. as part of Homecoming Weekend.