Ann Arbor, Mich. (November 9, 2018) – The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team fell at Michigan by an 88-40 margin on Friday night in the team's first road game of the season at the Crisler Center. Juliette Lawless led the Mountaineers with 19 points in the contest.
The Mount (1-1) hung tough with Michigan (1-0) in a back-and-forth first quarter of play, with neither team leading by more than five points in the period. The Mount held an 11-8 advantage at the midway mark of the frame before a 10-2 run gave the Wolverines a five-point advantage. Michigan closed out the quarter with a 22-17 lead despite the Mount shooting 62.5 percent from the floor in the frame. Lawless scored 13 of the Mount's 17 points in the opening quarter, going 3-of-4 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the line.
Michigan locked down on defense early in the second, holding the Mountaineers to just four points through the opening five minutes while building a 33-21 lead during the stretch. The Wolverines took their largest lead of the half, 40-22, with 3:02 on the clock, but the Mount scored seven of the final 10 points of the half, including Michaela Harrison's buzzer-beating three-pointer. The late run closed the gap to 43-29 at the halftime break.
The Wolverines were able to take commanding lead of the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Mount by a 31-8 margin in the stanza. A 9-3 Michigan run to open the frame pushed the lead to 20 points, 52-32. Just over four minutes later, the Wolverines upped their lead to 30, fueled by six points from Naz Hillmon during the stretch.
Michigan extended its lead to 74-37 at the end of the third quarter, and the Wolverines held the Mount to just three points in the final period as they closed out the 88-40 victory.
Lawless registered 19 points for the Mount to collect the 21st double-digit scoring performance of her career. She went 10-for-12 from the foul line for a new career high in free throws made. Harrison added seven points, three rebounds, and a pair of steals.
Michigan's Hallie Thome led all scorers in the game with 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds, as she collected the double-double. Hailey Brown notched 14 points and seven rebounds, while Nicole Munger (12 pts) and Hillmon (10) each finished with double-figures as well.
The Mount shot 24.4 percent from the field and went 3-for-21 (.143) from downtown, while Michigan shot 51.4 percent in the contest and hit 5-of-14 (.357) from deep.
Mount St. Mary's next heads to Duquesne for a tilt on Monday, November 12 at 5 p.m.