Dover, Del. (November 18, 2015) – Mount St. Mary's women's basketball held off Delaware State to earn a 54-41 victory at Memorial Hall Gym on Wednesday night. Junior Alexis Carter led the Mountaineers with a team-high 17 points and nine rebounds.
Carter was the Mount's leading scorer for the second consecutive game, going 5-8 from the field and 2-4 from long range. Jessica Harris chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds, and Kathleen Belanger-Finn added 10 points to help pace the Mountaineers.
The Mount (1-1) jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter, scoring the opening 15 points and holding Delaware State off the board until under a minute remained in the period. Kayla Bates and Sarafina Arthur-Williams led the Mount with nine combined points in the stanza as the team went ahead 17-2 after one.
Delaware State was able to cut its deficit to 18-9 midway through the second period after a layup from N'Kayah Kersey and pair of free throws from Amber Bogard. Mount St. Mary's responded with nine of the final 10 points of the quarter, including three-pointers from Carter and Harris, to extend the lead to 27-10 heading into the break.
The Lady Hornets registered the opening five points of the third quarter, but the Mount answered with buckets from Harris and Carter to regain its 17-point lead. Delaware State chipped into the Mountaineers' lead a bit late in the quarter, but the Mount headed into the final stanza with a 37-24 lead.
The Mount held onto its double-digit point lead for most of the fourth quarter before the Lady Hornets chipped away, cutting the lead to seven, 46-39, with just over two minutes to play.
Harris responded with a three-pointer for Mount St. Mary's to push the lead back to double-digits, and Bates and Harris knocked down a pair of free throws each in the final minute to seal the first win of the season for the Mount.
Mount St. Mary's held Delaware State to just 22.2% shooting in the contest, including a 14.3% clip in the first half.
The Mount continues its road swing with a contest at Campbell on Saturday (Nov. 21) at 1 p.m.