SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Sydney Henderson (Richmond, Va./Atlee) and Selina Mann (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) went 10-for-10 from the free throw line in the final two minutes to help Mount St. Mary's clinch a 74-64 victory against Seton Hall in non-conference women's basketball action on Sunday. The win was the Mount's (4-4) first victory against a BCS school in Mount Division I history.
Henderson paced the Mountaineers with her second double-double of the season after tallying 27 points and 10 rebounds while Mann posted 10 points, seven assists and four steals in the winning effort. After the Pirates (3-7) trimmed the margin to 62-57 with 3:09 on the clock, Mann and Henderson combined to convert all 10 free throws over the final 106 seconds to seal the victory.
Ka-Deidre Simmons powered Seton Hall with 16 points. Alexandra Maseko posted 12 points and eight rebounds while Alexis Brown tallied eight points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Mount St. Mary's took the lead at the break and then rallied in the second half to knock off Seton Hall for the program's first win in Division I history against a Big East program. The Mountaineers have five wins against Big East member Georgetown and a victory against Notre Dame to its credit, but those six decisions came prior to the Mount joining Division I in 1988-89.
With the Pirates holding a 48-45 lead with 12:16 left in the game, Mount St. Mary's rolled off the next 13 points to take a 58-48 advantage.
Mann started the run with two free throws at 11:42 before Kayla Grossett (Toronto, Ontario/David and Mary Thompson C.I.) converted two charity tosses at the 11-minute mark to give the Mount the lead for good. Henderson then hit 1 of 2 at the line at 10:05 before Mann nailed a jumper at 9:29 for a four-point edge. Kaufman drained a 3-ball at 8:44 and Henderson nailed a trey at 7:58 for a 10-point lead.
Seton Hall cut the margin to five points twice, but could get no closer after Mann and Henderson finished the Mount victory at the free throw line.
The Pirates jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first three minutes of the contest. The Mountaineers tied the game at 11 with 13:57 left in the half, but powered by six points from Simmons Seton Hall reclaimed the lead at 21-13 midway through the half.
Mount St. Mary's closed the first half on a 24-9 run to go into the locker room with a lead for the first time this season at 37-30.
Trailing 21-13 with 10:21 left in the first half, Brewer started the run with a layup at 9:36 and a trey at 9:03 to trim the margin to 21-18. After a Maesko layup at 8:03, the Mountaineers scored the next 13 points.
Kaufman started the spurt with a basket in the paint at 7:45 and a triple at 7:17. Henderson then hit a jumper at 5:44 before Kaufman and Henderson each nailed a bucket from behind the arc at 5:11 and 4:29 to give Mount St. Mary's a 31-23 advantage.
Seton Hall then scored the next seven points to make it a one-point game with 1:02 left in the stanza fueled by a pair of baskets by Maesko.
Henderson nailed a 3-pointer with 37.5 seconds left and Brewer drained one of her own at 2.7 to give the Mount a seven-point lead at the break. The Pirates started the second half by scoring 18 of the first 26 points to reclaim the lead at 48-45, but Mount St. Mary's used a strong run to come away with the win.
The Mountaineers shot 48.9 percent from the floor after going 23-for-47 on the day. It was the best shooting performance as a team since shooting 50.9 percent against Quinnipiac on Jan. 30, 2010. The squad also went 13-for-24 (54.2 percent) from behind the arc with Henderson nailing six treys for the third time in her career. The 13 made 3's tied the program record for made 3-pointers in a single game. Mount St. Mary's made 15 of 17 free throws in the second half.
Prior to this victory, the Mountaineer's closest game against a BCS program was a 49-48 loss to Virginia Tech on Dec. 9, 2009.
The Mount returns to action at Pittsburgh on Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.