Emmitsburg, Md. (February 17, 2018) – Masey Zegarowski's jumper with just eight seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner as Bryant edged Mount St. Mary's, 67-64, in Northeast Conference action on Saturday at Knott Arena.
The Mountaineers (8-17, 5-9 NEC) trailed Bryant (8-16, 7-6 NEC) by five, 64-59, with just 2:36 remaining in the contest before mounting a late comeback. Juliette Lawless hit her second three-pointer of the game at the 2:09 mark off a nice feed from Katrice Dickson, which brought the Mount within a bucket at 64-62.
After a missed three-pointer from Zegarowski on the other end, Daly Sullivan drove the lane and found Rebecca Lee under the hoop for the basket to tie the game at 64-64 with 1:19 showing on the clock.
On the ensuing possession, Kierra Palmer misfired on a long ball, but a fortunate bounce out of bounds gave the ball back to the Bulldogs with 25 seconds remaining. Bryant worked the clock down before Zegarowski found an opening and hit a mid-range jumper to give the Bulldogs a 66-64 advantage with eight seconds left.
The Mount called a timeout to advance the ball into the offensive end, but the ensuing inbounds pass was errant, giving possession back to the Bulldogs.
Trailing by two with just six seconds remaining, the Mountaineers still needed to foul four times before sending Bryant to the line. The fourth foul came with just 0.2 seconds left, and after making the first of two free throws, Sydney Holloway missed the second but the Mount didn't have time to attempt the potential game-tying full court heave as Bryant went on for the 67-64 victory.
Dickson netted a game-high 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and a 3-for-6 mark from downtown, to go along with seven rebounds. Dickson has now registered the three-highest scoring games of her career in the last three contests. Juliette Lawless added 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Hunter Rowson chipped in a career-high eight points, and Jatarrikah Settle registered five points and a career-best 12 rebounds.
Holloway posted a double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds to pace the Bulldogs in the tilt. Hannah Scanlan (13 pts.), Palmer (11) and Zegarowski (10) also finished with double-figures.
The Mount shot 41.7 percent in the game compared to just a 32.1 percent mark from Bryant, while the Bulldogs held a slight rebound advantage, 48-45.
Mount St. Mary's opened the contest hitting just one of its first nine shots as Bryant opened up a 14-4 advantage during the stretch. The Mount was able to heat up in the final half of the first quarter to close the gap to six, 22-16, at the end of one.
The Mountaineers held Bryant to just three points in the opening five-plus minutes of the second quarter, while taking a 26-25 lead in the process. After Bryant tied things at 30-30, the Mount rattled off five straight to take its largest lead of the half at 35-30. Bryant was able to trim its deficit down to three, 39-36, heading into the halftime break.
The Mount went 15-30 (.500) from the field in the first half of play, while holding Bryant to a 15-41 (.366) clip.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Monday (Feb. 19), hosting Central Connecticut at Knott Arena with opening tip set for 7 p.m.