Fairfield, Conn. (February 15, 2014) – A game-high 22 points from senior guard Sydney Henderson carried the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team to a 76-63 road win at Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon. The Mount has now won four-consecutive games, marking the team's longest winning streak since six victories in a row in February of 2012.
Henderson increased her career scoring total to 1,375 points to pass Adrienne Harris '04 for 10th in program history.
For the Mount (14-11, 9-4 NEC), it was the program's first win in Fairfield, Conn. in 15 all-time road games at Sacred Heart (10-14, 7-6 NEC). The win, coupled with Saint Francis U's loss to LIU Brooklyn, moves the Mount into sole possession of second place in the Northeast Conference.
Henderson led three Mount players scoring in double figures on the afternoon. Ashley Christie recorded 19 points to go with six assists, while Kayla Grossett added 13 points and five rebounds. The Mount continued to shoot the ball well, connecting on 51.9 percent (27-of-52) of field goals for the seventh game this season shooting 50 percent or better.
Four Sacred Heart players scored double-digit points including 18 from Gabrielle Washington, who netted 16 in the second half. Caitlyn Abela notched 16 points off the bench.
Trailing 20-18 with 8:17 to play in the opening half, Grossett sparked a 10-0 run for the Mountaineers with six points in a row to give the Mount a 28-20 edge with 3:37 left before halftime.
The Mount held a 33-24 advantage through 20 minutes, giving the Mount a halftime lead for the fourth game in a row. Despite shooting just 2-of-8 (25.0 percent) from behind the three-point line in the first half, the Mount finished 14-of-29 (48.3 percent) overall in the opening half.
After the intermission, Christie, who had four first-half points, scored the first 11 Mount St. Mary's points to help the visitors take a 44-30 lead with 15:37 to go in the game. Christie's shooting exhibition included three makes from beyond the three-point arc.
The Mount went on a 12-2 run midway through the second half to push the advantage to 22 points at 56-34. The Pioneers responded with their own 12-2 stretch to cut the Mount's lead to 65-55 with just over two minutes left. Going 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the final minute, the Mount kept the advantage in double-digits the rest of the way.
The Mount has now won four-consecutive road games after beginning the season with six losses in the first seven road games.
The Mountaineers outrebounded the Pioneers, 36-25, marking the first time the Mount has outrebounded opponents in back-to-back games this season.
Next up, the Mount heads to Smithfield, R.I. to take on Bryant on Monday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Mount is now one win away from tying last year's win total of 15 games, which were the most in Bryan Whitten's tenure at the Mount… The win helps the Mount earn a split in the season series after falling to Sacred Heart, 84-78, on Jan. 11, 2014, at Knott Arena.