Mount Women’s Basketball Uses Second-Half Push to Cruise Past Fairleigh Dickinson, 88-70

Mount Women’s Basketball Uses Second-Half Push to Cruise Past Fairleigh Dickinson, 88-70

Hackensack, N.J. (February 10, 2014) – A strong shooting night with the Mount women's basketball team connecting on 56.9 percent of field goals helped the Mountaineers earn an 88-70 road victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday at Stratis Arena. Sydney Henderson scored 22 points and dished out a career-high eight assists to help the Mount move into a tie for second place in the Northeast Conference.

The Mount (13-11, 8-4 NEC) led the Knights (2-21, 1-11 NEC) by a 37-34 halftime score and was able to pull away by outscoring FDU, 51-36, in the final 20 minutes.

Henderson's 22 points led three Mountaineers in double figures, including 16 from Jessie Kaufman off the bench and 11 courtesy of Jacqueline Brewer.  Ashley Christie recorded a career-high 10 assists and tied a career best with five steals on the night.

The Mount survived 19 turnovers while scoring 40 points in the paint and outrebounding FDU, 38-30. The eight Northeast Conference wins are tied for the second most in Head Coach Bryan Whitten's seven-year Mount career. It is also the first time the Mount has won three-consecutive road games this season.

FDU, which received a game-high 31 points from Kelsey Cruz, shot 34.9 percent (22-of-63) from the field and scored 23 points off turnovers.

Hot shooting by the Mount with 55.2 percent shooting in the first half gave the visitors a 22-10 lead with 10:42 left before halftime. With 11 Mount turnovers leading to 14 FDU points in the first half, the Knights were able to get back into the game and took the lead at 30-27 on six-consecutive points from Cruz.

The Mount regained the lead on Kayla Grossett's three-pointer in the final minute and FDU again tied up the score on a Desiree Crawford jumper. Henderson connected on a three of her own with six seconds on the clock for a 37-34 halftime lead for the Mount.

The Knights seized a four-point advantage at 43-39 just 3:29 into the second half. Scoring 30 of the next 40 points, the Mountaineers took a commanding 69-53 edge with 8:03 remaining.

FDU cut the Mount's lead to 73-65 with just under 5:30 left, but the Mount continued to shoot well to pull away down the stretch. The Mountaineers capped the game with an 11-3 run to pick up their fifth win in the last six games.

Balanced scoring with six players registering seven or more points carried the Mount's offense. The 36 points off the bench for the Mountaineers ties for the second most this season.

The Mount plays at Sacred Heart on Saturday, Feb. 15, and at Bryant on Monday, Feb. 17.

GAME NOTES: The Mount improves to 6-1 on the season when playing within two days of the previous game… The Mount has won three in a row for the second time this season… When Sydney Henderson scores 20 or more points, the Mount is 7-4 on the year.