High-Scoring Second Half Propels Mount St. Mary’s to 89-77 Win Over Radford

High-Scoring Second Half Propels Mount St. Mary’s to 89-77 Win Over Radford

Emmitsburg, Md. (January 2, 2019) – Mount St. Mary's put together its two highest-scoring quarters of the season in the second half to race past Radford and collect an 89-77 victory on Wednesday night at Knott Arena in the Mount's final non-conference game of the season. The victory pushed the Mount to 6-5 overall, as the team closes out non-conference play with its first winning record since the 1999-00 season.

The 89 points from the Mount were the most in a game since a 97-80 win over Saint Francis U on February 24, 2014. The team's point totals in the third (30) and fourth (29) quarters were the second and third-highest scoring periods in program history.

Daly Sullivan went 7-of-11 from long range in the contest as she set a new career high in three-pointers (7) while tying her career high in points (23). The seven threes from Sullivan are tied for fourth-most in a game in program history. Michaela Harrison also made seven threes earlier this season in a win over Towson.

Juliette Lawless recorded her fifth 20-plus point performance in the last six games, as she went 7-of-10 from the field for 21 points, while also adding six assists and four rebounds.

Bridget Birkhead followed up her previous career-high 15-point performance last time out with 18 points on the night behind 4-of-7 shooting from deep to set a new career best.

Rebecca Lee also finished in double-figures with 10 points and seven rebounds, and Jatarrikah Settle tallied six points and a career-high 16 rebounds, which tied Lee's 16-rebound performance at Gardner-Webb for most this season by a Mountaineer.

For Radford, Sydney Nunley notched a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Destinee Walker added 18 points and eight boards.

The Mountaineers trailed by 13 points early in the third quarter before a big 22-6 run gave them back the lead. Lawless and Lee combined for the team's opening 11 points of the rally to help whittle down the deficit to 44-41 at the 6:29 mark. Still trailing by three points minutes later, Sullivan knocked down back-to-back three-pointers from the corner to give the Mount its first lead of the contest, 52-49, at the 3:36 mark. The Highlanders took back the lead with under a minute remaining in the third, but a long ball from Birkhead with 16 ticks on the clock sent the Mount into the fourth quarter with a 60-58 advantage.

Tied at 65-all early in the final period, the Mount scored eight straight, highlighted by threes from Sullivan and Harrison, to open a 73-65 advantage with 5:31 left.

Radford cut the deficit to five points with just over three minutes remaining in the contest, but consecutive baskets from Harrison and Birkhead extended the gap back to nine with just over a minute left on the clock.

A three-pointer from Khiana Johnson with 54 ticks remaining made it a six-point game, 82-76, but the Mount made 7-of-8 from the foul line down the stretch to help secure the 89-77 victory.

The Mountaineers shot 48.4-percent in the contest, including a 54-percent mark in the second half. They also posted a 50-percent (13-26) mark from downtown. Radford shot 43.1-percent from the field and 45.5-percent (10-22) from deep.

Radford built an 18-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter behind a 57.1-percent (8-14) clip from the field. The Highlanders held the Mount to just 25-percent (3-12) shooting in the period.

The Mount was able to close the gap early in the second following a 9-2 run in the opening three-plus minutes, but the Highlanders pushed their advantage back to double-digits late in the half, and took a 40-30 lead into the break.

Lawless and Sullivan led the Mount with nine points apiece in the opening half, while Nunley (11 pts) and Walker (10) both reached double-figures for Radford.

The Mountaineers are back in action for the Northeast Conference opener this Saturday, January 5 at Robert Morris. Opening tip is set for 1 p.m.