Baltimore, Md. (December 6, 2018) – The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team kept things rolling on Thursday night, posting a 65-52 victory at UMBC for the team's fourth straight win. The 5-3 record to start the season for the Mount is the best through eight games since the 1999-2000 campaign.
Juliette Lawless filled up the stat sheet once again, registering a team-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while also notching six rebounds and six assists. Rebecca Lee helped pace the Mount, tallying a career-high 14 points on a 7-of-12 mark from the field to go along with seven rebounds. Jatarrikah Settle netted 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists, as she finished just one rebound shy of her second career double-double. Daly Sullivan made four three-pointers for the third straight game, and finished the contest with 14 points.
For UMBC, Janee'a Summers collected the double-double with 10 points and 10 boards, and Dominika Skrocka was the other Retriever in double-figures with 12 points.
Mount St. Mary's posted a 41.3-percent shooting night and made 9-of-31 (.290) from deep, while UMBC shot 35.2-percent from the field and went 9-of-22 (.410) from long range.
The Mount got out to a quick start, building a 9-0 lead in the early going after forcing misses on UMBC's first six field goal attempts. A three-pointer from Sullivan at the 3:27 mark pushed the Mountaineer advantage to double-digits at 16-4, and the Mount opened its largest lead of the quarter, 22-8, just minutes later. The Mountaineers closed out the quarter with a 24-11 advantage after not turning the ball over once in the period and holding UMBC to just 28.6-percent shooting.
Sullivan and Michaela Harrison hit back-to-back threes on the opening two possessions of the second quarter to extend the Mountaineer lead to 30-11 and force an early timeout by the Retrievers. The two teams traded buckets over the next three minutes of play, before the Mount defense tightened up further to help increase the team's lead. The Mountaineers held UMBC scoreless for the final 5:20 of the second quarter, and took a 44-20 advantage into the intermission.
Lawless (12 pts) and Sullivan (11) led the Mount with a combined 23 points in the opening half, and Settle added seven points, six rebounds, and five assists. The Mount defense held UMBC to an 8-for-31 (.260) shooting performance in the half.
Lee opened the scoring in the third quarter with a bucket in the paint, but UMBC followed with an 8-0 run to cut the Mount lead back under 20. After a timeout, the Mountaineers quickly responded with a 9-0 run of their own, led by a pair of buckets from Settle, to make it a 55-28 game with 3:50 on the clock. The Mountaineers kept their lead over the 20-point mark for the remainder of the quarter, as they took a 58-36 advantage into the fourth.
The Mountaineers maintained a double-digit lead for the entirety of the final quarter, as UMBC wasn't able to cut the deficit below 13 points the rest of the way. The Mount closed out the 65-52 victory, moving the team's winning streak to four straight for the first time since the 2016-17 season. With the loss, UMBC fell to 6-4 on the year.
The Mount closes out its four-game road stretch with a contest at Virginia Tech on December 16 at 2 p.m.