Bowling Springs, N.C. (December 3, 2018) – Sophomore Rebecca Lee recorded her first career double-double with a career high 16 rebounds and a career high 10 points to push Mount St. Mary's past Gardner-Webb, 69-62, on Monday night at Paul Porter Arena. Juliette Lawless (20), Michaela Harrison (16), and Daly Sullivan each finished with double-digit point totals in the win.
Lee went 5-of-11 from the floor while notching nine offensive rebounds, and seven defensive rebounds in her career high night. The Sever, Md. native now has led the Mount in rebounds in all seven games. Lawless led the Mount offense by going 8-of11 from the field, 1-of-2 from the three point line, and 3-of-6 from the foul line for her 20 points. The recently named NEC Player of the Week added five rebounds, three steals, two assists, and one block in the win. Harrison converted on 9-of-11 free throws, two layups, and a three pointer for her 16 point day. Sullivan went 4-of-9 from the floor, 4-of-8 from behind the arc, and 2-of-2 from the foul line in her 14 point day.
Mount St. Mary's (4-3) shot 43.4 percent from the field and went 7-21 (.333) from three point range. The team finished with a season high 49 rebounds and finished with its best +/- rebounding margin of the season with a +15. The Mount has now evened the series all-time record against the Runnin' Bulldogs with one win a piece.
Gardner-Webb (4-3) registered a 30.9-percent shooting mark in the contest and went 7-of-21 (.333) from deep. The Bulldogs turned the ball over 15 times in the tilt but held a better free throw percentage (81.3) 13-of-16. The Plentovich twins, Carley and Savanna, combined for 33 of Gardner-Webb's 62 points. Carley went 7-of-15 from the field, 4-of-7 from three point range, and 3-of-3 from the foul line for her 21 points in the loss.
Gardner-Webb jumped out to an early 7-2 lead behind five points from Carley Plentovich before the Mount went on a 9-0 run fueled by five points from Harrison. Following a timeout, Gardner-Webb's Morgan Pointer hit a three to cut the deficit to just one. Both teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the quarter swapping leads until Lawless hit from deep with 29 seconds left to give the Mountaineers a 18-14 lead heading into the second quarter.
The game remained within single-digits throughout the entire second quarter, and the Runnin' Bulldogs cut it back to a one-possession game following two free throws from Jhessyka Williams at the 1:14 mark. The Mount was able to hold onto its lead, and increased the advantage up to 35-27 heading into the halftime break thanks to a three pointer at the buzzer from Sullivan.
After outscoring Gardner-Webb by a 19-13 margin in the third period, Mount St. Mary's took a 14-point lead, 54-40, into the final quarter of play. With 7:45 remaining in the game and trailing by 15 points, Gardner-Webb fought back to within five points in a stretch of just under four minutes to cut the Mount lead to 58-53 with four minutes left in the contest. The Plentovich twins scored six of the Runnin' Bulldogs' points, and Gardner-Webb held the Mountaineers scoreless during the stretch to get back into the game.
Sullivan's fourth three pointer of the game with 3:20 remaining put an end to the Gardner-Webb run and stretched the Mount lead to eight, 61-53. The Mountaineers converted on seven of their final 10 free throws within the last minutes of play to ice the game and pick up the big win.
Mount St. Mary's remains on the road with a matchup at UMBC on Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m.