Emmitsburg, Md. (January 27, 2018) – Junior Juliette Lawless posted a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Mount St. Mary's past Wagner, 79-56, on Saturday afternoon as part of Homecoming at Knott Arena.
Lawless went 8-of-12 from the field and 3-for-4 from long range as she surpassed her previous career-best of 18 points set earlier this season at St. Francis Brooklyn. Lawless' 21-point effort was her 12th double-digit scoring performance of the season. Three other Mountaineers joined Lawless in double-figures, including Ashlee White (14 pts.), Katrice Dickson (13) and Kayla Agentowicz (12). Dickson also contributed six rebounds, four assists and four steals to go along with her 13 points.
Sierra Clark of Wagner tallied a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds, but was shut down in the second half as the Mount held her to just two points after the break. Taylah Simmons (13 pts.) and Morgan Lenahan (10) were the other leading scorers for the Seahawks on the afternoon.
The Mountaineers went 24-57 (.421) from the floor and 13-28 (.464) from long range as they finished with their second-most three-pointers in a game this season. Wagner went 20-52 (.385) from the field and was held to just a 2-10 (.200) night from deep.
With the victory, Mount St. Mary's extended its win streak over the Seahawks to 15 straight games. The Mount now sits at 7-13 on the year and 4-5 in NEC play, while Wagner owns a 3-17 overall record and 1-8 mark in conference.
The Mountaineers came out firing with the opening seven points of the contest, and extended the lead to 13-2 at the 6:23 mark of the period. Dickson and Agentowicz led the way during the stretch, combining for 11 of the team's 13 points.
An 8-0 run from the Seahawks trimmed the Mount lead to 13-10 late in the frame, but the Mountaineers were able to add to their advantage over the final two minutes of the quarter to take an 18-13 lead into the second.
The Mount held a seven-point advantage at the mid-point of the second quarter before eight straight points gave the Mountaineers their largest lead of the half at 35-20. Wagner was able to answer with a 9-2 run to close out the period, whittling the deficit down to 37-29 at the intermission.
Lawless registered 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go along with five rebounds in the opening half, while Dickson added seven points and four rebounds. The Mount shot 44.4 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from long range in the half.
Clark netted 20 of the Seahawks' 29 points in the first half on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. Wagner posted a 37.9 percent mark as a team from the floor and a 42.9 percent mark from three-point range.
White drained back-to-back three-pointers early in the third quarter to push the Mountaineer lead to double-digits, 45-33. The Seahawks trimmed it back to an eight-point Mount lead just over a minute later, before Mount St. Mary's responded with an 8-0 run to make it a 53-37 game at the 2:37 mark.
The Mount added one more to its lead in the final two-plus minutes to open a 59-42 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
The Mountaineers held a double-digit lead for the entirety of the fourth quarter, and registered 20 points in the final frame as they rolled to the 79-56 victory.
The Mountaineers are off until next Saturday (Feb. 3), when they host LIU Brooklyn at 1 p.m. at Knott Arena