Emmitsburg, Md. (March 2, 2019) – The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team edged Fairleigh Dickinson by a 62-57 margin on Senior Day at Knott Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Mount St. Mary's honored senior guard Juliette Lawless with a pregame ceremony, recognizing her contributions to the program and the University throughout her time at the Mount. Lawless ranks 31st in program history with 898 career points.
The victory improved the Mountaineers to 14-13 overall and 8-8 in Northeast Conference (NEC) play, as they look to capture their first winning season since 2013-14. The loss dropped Fairleigh Dickinson to 6-21 on the year and 3-13 in league play.
Jatarrikah Settle and Daly Sullivan recorded a team-high 14 points apiece to lead the Mount in the contest. Settle went 5-of-12 from the field and registered eight rebounds and three steals. Sullivan did most of her damage in the fourth quarter, making 3-of-4 from deep while scoring 11 of her 14 in the period. Rebecca Lee had another solid game down low for the Mount, chipping in with nine points and seven boards.
Michaela Harrison tallied seven points, four rebounds and four assists. The freshman guard made one three-pointer in the contest which gave her 75 threes on the year, tying Daly Sullivan's Mount St. Mary's rookie record for most in a single season. Harrison needs four more triples to tie Myriam Baccouche's all-time Mount record of 79 threes, which was set back during the 2003-04 campaign.
Madelynn Comly led FDU on the day with a game-high 20 points, as the Littlestown, Pennsylvania native also surpassed the 1,000 career point mark in the contest. Lauren Francillon contributed 12 points and a team-high nine boards.
Fairleigh Dickinson held Mount St. Mary's to just a 25 percent shooting mark in the opening half, but the Mountaineers were able to keep things close as they headed into the halftime break trailing by just one point, 25-24.
The Knights pushed the lead to seven at the 5:13 mark of the third period, before an 11-0 run from the Mountaineers gave them their first lead since midway through the second quarter. Settle notched five of the team's opening six points of the rally, and Alexis Wooden converted a pair from the line with 2:47 on the clock to push the Mount in front, 38-37. Bridget Birkhead capped off the rally with a three-pointer at the 1:15 mark, and the Mountaineers took a 43-40 lead into the final quarter.
Sullivan knocked down back-to-back triples for the Mount early in the fourth to pad the advantage to 49-42, but the Knights answered with a layup by Francillon and a traditional three-point play from Peniel M'Bikata to close the gap back to just a pair at the 6:09 mark.
After the teams went back and forth over the next five minutes of play, Francillon pulled the Knights within one on her layup with 58 seconds remaining. Sullivan answered in a big way on the ensuing possession, hitting a clutch three from the corner off a feed from Harrison to make it a 58-54 Mount lead with 34 seconds on the clock.
Comly was able to get to the bucket for the Knights on the other end to cut it back to a two-point game with 23 seconds still remaining. FDU was forced to foul on the Mount's next possession, sending Sullivan to the line for a pair. The sophomore calmly sank both free throws to extend the Mount advantage back to 60-56.
After a timeout to advance the ball, FDU's Comly got fouled in the paint but made just 1-of-2 from the line, which was the team's first missed free throw of the game. With the Mount holding a three-point lead, Lawless was fouled and converted both from the charity stripe with 10 seconds left to make it a 62-57 lead and put the game out of reach.
The Mount shot 33.3 percent overall in the tilt and went 9-of-29 (.310) from three and 13-of-15 (.867) at the line. FDU posted a 37 percent shooting mark while making 6-of-17 (.353) from long range and 11-of-12 (.917) at the line.
The Mountaineers had to St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday, March 4 for a contest at 7 p.m.