Mount Women’s Basketball Looks to Extend Winning Streak on Thursday at UMBC

Mount Women’s Basketball Looks to Extend Winning Streak on Thursday at UMBC

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (4-3) at UMBC (6-3)
Thursday, December 6 | 7:00 p.m.
Baltimore, Maryland | UMBC Event Center

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>>> Thursday's matchup between the Mount and UMBC marks the 38th all-time meeting between the two schools. The Mount holds a 28-9 advantage in the series, including an 11-7 record on the Retrievers' home court. The most recent meeting between the Mount and UMBC came in 2007, when the Retrievers came away with a 68-40 victory in Baltimore. The Mount's last win in the series was a 61-48 triumph in 2006 in Emmitsburg.
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The Mount topped Gardner-Webb by a 69-62 margin on Monday to collect its third straight victory and improve to 4-3 overall on the year. Four Mountaineers registered double-digit points in the victory, led by a 20-point performance from Juliette Lawless. Rebecca Lee collected her first career double-double with career highs in points (10) and rebounds (16), while Michaela Harrison (16 pts) and Daly Sullivan (14 pts) also finished in double-figures.
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At 4-3, the Mountaineers are off to their best start to a season through seven games since the 2001- 02 campaign, when they also opened the season at 4-3. With a victory over UMBC, the Mount would move to 5-3 for the first time since the 1999-00 season.
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Michaela Harrison became the first Mountaineer to garner an NEC weekly award this season, as she was named both the NEC Player and Rookie of the Week after her career-high 30 points and seven three-pointers in the win over Towson on November 24. Juliette Lawless followed up Harrison's awards with an NEC Player of the Week honor on Monday following her career-high 29-point performance in the win over Loyola over the weekend. Lawless also set new career highs in field goals (9) and three-pointers (4) in the victory.
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Mount St. Mary's has four players averaging double-digit points on the year -- Juliette Lawless, Michaela Harrison, Daly Sullivan, and Jatarrikah Settle. All four rank among the top-12 in the NEC in scoring. Lawless (16.3 ppg) leads the bunch and ranks fifth in the league, Harrison (13.0) places ninth in the conference, and the sophomore duo of Sullivan (12.4) and Settle (10.3) rank 10th and 12th, respectively.
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Rebecca Lee has led the Mount in rebounding in each of the first seven games this season, and ranks third in NEC in the department (9.3 rpg). The sophomore center has pulled down double-figure rebounds three times this season, including a career-high 16 boards last time out at Gardner-Webb as part of her first career double-double. Lee's 16-rebound effort was the first game with 15 or more boards for a Mountaineer since Alexis Carter during the 2016-17 campaign.
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The Mount now owns a perfect 3-0 record with the starting lineup of Juliette Lawless, Daly Sullivan, Michaela Harrison, Jatarrikah Settle, and Rebecca Lee. Head Coach Maria Marchesano employed the new starting unit before the Towson game, and the Mountaineers have averaged 77.7 points per game since.