Emmitsburg, Md. (March 2, 2018) – Five Mountaineers scored in double-figures, but Saint Francis U topped Mount St. Mary's by a 79-69 margin on Friday's Senior Night at Knott Arena.
Mount St. Mary's honored Katrice Dickson, Kaitlyn Eisenhard, Caroline Hummell and Stacey Koutris with a Senior Night ceremony prior to the game, recognizing their contributions made to both the program and university throughout their time at the Mount.
Juliette Lawless led the way for the Mount in the tilt, finishing with a team-high 18 points to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists and five blocks as the junior filled the stat sheet once again. Hummell (15 pts, 9 reb) and Jatarrikah Settle (13 pts, 9 reb) each finished one rebound shy of a double-double in the game, while Dickson added 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.
For Saint Francis U, Jessica Kovatch netted 22 points to lead a quartet of Red Flash players in double-digits. Ace Harrison registered a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards, while Caitlyn Kroll finished with 19 points and Courtney Zezza chipped in 13.
The Mount shot 41.3 percent in the game but just 24 percent from downtown, compared to a 39.7 percent mark from the floor from Saint Francis U and a 34.5 clip from deep. Mount St. Mary's held a slight 43-41 rebounding edge over the Red Flash.
With the win, SFU improved to 20-9 overall and 15-2 in conference play, while the Mount dropped to 9-19 on the year and 6-11 in the NEC.
Following the night's slate, the Mount sits one game behind Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn and Central Connecticut, and needs a win in the regular season finale at Robert Morris coupled with some other help around the league to secure a spot in the playoffs.
SFU took a 43-35 advantage into the halftime break, and pushed the lead to 18 following a 10-0 run in the opening two minutes of the third quarter. Kovatch scored the first eight points during the run, including a pair of three-pointers, before Harrison capped off the rally with a layup in transition.
The Red Flash didn't let the lead slip below 13 for the rest of the quarter, and took a 63-47 advantage into the final quarter.
The Mount trailed by double-digits for the majority of the fourth, but did make a run late in the period. Trailing by 18 with just 3:48 on the clock, the Mountaineers rattled off 11 straight points over a three-minute stretch to cut the deficit to just seven, 75-68, with 47 seconds remaining. After a Bridget Birkhead three to begin the rally, Lawless registered six of the team's next eight points to make it a 75-67 game. Settle knocked down a jumper just under the minute mark to finish off the run and bring the Mount within seven.
Kovatch ended the Mount rally with a layup in transition to push it back to a nine-point SFU lead, and Harrison stole a pass from Lawless on the next possession and finished in the paint to essentially seal the victory, as SFU went on for the 79-69 win.
Mount St. Mary's heads to Robert Morris for the regular season finale on Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m.