Veteran Trio Leads Mount Women’s Basketball Past Wagner, 89-78

Veteran Trio Leads Mount Women’s Basketball Past Wagner, 89-78

Emmitsburg, Md. (January 18, 2014) – Junior Jacqueline Brewer combined with seniors Sydney Henderson and Kayla Grossett to score 64 of the Mount's season-high 89 points in an 89-78 win over Wagner on Saturday evening at Knott Arena in Northeast Conference Action.

Brewer recorded a season-best 23 points, scoring 20 or more for the third-consecutive game, while Henderson went for 21 and Grossett added a season-best 20.

The Mount (8-9, 3-2 NEC) won its second-consecutive NEC game and outrebounded Wagner, 37-34, on the day. The up-and-down affair saw nine ties and 18 lead changes.

The Seahawks (3-13, 2-3 NEC) received a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds from Ugo Nwaigwe, as well as a game-high 25 points from Jasmine Nwajei and 23 from Jordyn Peck. Wagner's starters scored all but two of the team's points.

Mount St. Mary's used a 10-0 run midway through the first half, turning an 18-16 deficit into a 26-18 lead. The stretch, which began with a Grossett layup at the 12:43 mark, was capped by a three-pointer by Henderson with 9:48 to go in the opening half. Henderson finished two layups and a three-pointer in the three-minute run. The senior guard scored 13 first-half points, and reached the 20 point mark for the eighth time this season.

The Seahawks clawed back into the game and took a one-point edge at 35-34 with 4:10 to go before halftime. The Mount finished out the first half with 13 of the final 16 points, while holding Wagner to zero field goals and just three free throws to claim a 47-38 lead at the half.

The Mount took an 11-point advantage in the opening minute of the second half, but Wagner's high-scoring backcourt helped the visitors pull even at 49-49 with 15:39 to play. Nwajei's layup with 13:33 on the clock gave the Seahawks a 55-54 edge, which turned out to be their final lead on the game.

The Mountaineers quickly responded with the next nine points, and the lead stretched to double-digits on two Grossett free throws with just over eight minutes left for a 69-58 lead. Wagner was not able to cut the Mount's lead to fewer than eight points the rest of the way.

Grossett finished one rebound shy of her second double-double of the season, leading the Mountaineers with nine boards. Senior Ashley Christie dished out a team-high six assists and had four steals for the Mount, which shot 49.0 percent (25-of-51) from the field and 42.8 percent (7-of-16) from distance.

The Mount will look to win its third game in a row when it takes on Saint Francis U on Monday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in Loretto, Pa.

NOTES: The Mount improves to 6-2 at home this season… The Mount leads the all-time series with Wagner, 35-15… The 89 points were the most this season, surpassing the mark of 86 set against IPFW on Nov. 16… The Mount is 4-1 on the season and 9-1 since Bryan Whitten's first season in 2007-08 when scoring 80 or more points.