Emmitsburg, Md. (December 9, 2017) – Sophomore guard Ashlee White scored a career-high 36 points, including 26 in the second half, to power Mount St. Mary's past Rider, 82-78, on Saturday afternoon at Knott Arena.
White went 9-of-17 from the floor, 5-of-8 from three-point range and 13-for-15 from the line for her 36 points, which is tied for the third-most points in a game for a Mount player since the program moved to Division I prior to the 1988-89 season. The Woodbridge, Va. native scored 26 of her 36 points in the second half, including 16 in the final quarter. The 36-point performance from White was the most by a Mountaineer since Myriam Baccouche also scored 36 against Radford back in 2003.
Rookie Daly Sullivan chipped in with 12 points for the Mount on a 4-of-8 mark from long range, and Juliette Lawless netted 10 points to register her third double-digit scoring effort in the last four games.
Kamila Hoskova paced Rider on the afternoon with a career-best 32 points on 11-of-20 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Stella Johnson (12) and Jaiden Morris (11) also finished with double figures for the Broncs.
The Mountaineers shot 44.2 percent (23-52) from the floor and 55 percent (11-20) from long range, compared to a 45.6 percent (26-57) shooting night from the Broncs, who matched Mount St. Mary's with a 55 percent (10-18) mark from three-point range.
Rider took a seven-point advantage into the halftime break, but the Mount erased the deficit in the opening three minutes of the third quarter with eight straight points. After Lawless began the second-half by making 1-of-2 from the line, White drained a three-pointer to trim it to a three-point deficit. Caroline Hummell and Kayla Agentowicz followed with back-to-back buckets to give the Mountaineers a 41-40 lead, their first advantage since late in the first period.
The contest remained a one-possession game until the 1:56 mark of the third frame when White's fast break layup put the Mount ahead by four, 51-47. The Mountaineers added two more to their lead in the final minute-plus to open a 56-50 advantage at the end of three quarters of play.
Mount St. Mary's led by nine points early in the fourth stanza before a 7-0 Rider rally brought the lead back down to a pair. Morris tallied the final five points of the run, as the Broncs pulled within two points, 61-59, at the 6:28 mark.
The Broncs tied the game at 64-all at the midway point of the final quarter, but the Mount answered with three-pointers from White and Sullivan on the next two possessions to push the lead to 70-65 with 3:48 showing on the clock.
Rider was able to respond with five straight points to knot the game up once again, 70-70, with 2:26 left. The Mountaineers grabbed the lead back on the next possession on a pair of free throws from Lawless, and remained in front for the next minute and a half as the clock crept under the one-minute mark.
The Mount held a three-point advantage with 45 seconds remaining and possession of the ball, but Johnson forced a turnover following the inbounds pass to Agentowicz, and went to the line for two after getting fouled. Johnson missed the first shot, and a lane violation on the Broncs on the second shot gave possession back to the Mountaineers with under 30 seconds to play.
White knocked down a pair of free throws after getting fouled on the inbounds to extend the lead to 77-72, but Rider advanced the ball with a timeout and Hoskova drained a three from deep to bring the Broncs back within a pair, 77-75, with 13 seconds left.
White was intentionally fouled once again, but made just 1-of-2 from the line, giving Rider hope as the Broncs were down just one possession with 11 seconds remaining and the ball. The Mount didn't let Rider get off a potential game-tying three on the ensuing possession, fouling Hoskova and sending her to the line for two. Hoskova made both free throws to cut the deficit to 78-77.
Rider fouled White once again on the next play, and the sophomore calmly sank both free throws to push the lead back to three, 80-77. After a missed three-pointer from Hoskova on the other end, Aubre Johnson was fouled going after the offensive rebound, and went to the line with just seconds remaining. Johnson made the first, and intentionally missed the second, but Rider wasn't able to come away with the rebound as White ripped down the board and was fouled with one second left. White drained two more foul shots to ice the game, as the Mount went on for the 82-78 victory.
The win moved the Mount to 2-7 on the year and a perfect 2-0 at home, while Rider also moved to 2-7 overall following the loss.
The Mount is back in action on December 17 for a tilt against Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m. at Knott Arena. The game will be streamed live on NECFrontRow.com.