Emmitsburg, Md. (January 26, 2019) – Juliette Lawless and Michaela Harrison combined for 35 points to lead the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team past LIU Brooklyn, 61-45, on Homecoming Saturday at Knott Arena.
Lawless filled the stat sheet with 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, and a pair of steals. The senior did much of her damage at the foul line, making 9-of-16 from the charity stripe. Harrison made 4-of-10 from three-point range to tally 17 points on the day, while also adding three assists and two boards. Jatarrikah Settle pulled down a game-high 12 boards to collect her third double-digit rebound effort in the last four contests.
The Mountaineers improved to 9-9 overall and 3-4 in the Northeast Conference (NEC), as they've now won three of their last four. The loss dropped LIU Brooklyn to 1-17 on the year and 0-7 in league play.
The Mountaineers forced 11 turnovers by LIU Brooklyn in the opening quarter, and built a 15-9 lead at the end of one. Lawless and Harrison combined for 14 of the team's 15 points in the frame.
The Mount led 23-14 at the midway mark of the second before a run of seven straight from LIU cut it to just a two-point game. Harrison answered with a three for the Mount with 2:38 on the clock to break up the Blackbird rally. The Mountaineers followed with two free throws from Settle, another three from Harrison, and layups by Lawless and Delaney Connors, as they closed out the half on a 12-1 run.
The Mount headed into the break with a 35-22 advantage behind 14 points from Harrison and 12 from Lawless. Mount St. Mary's shot just 33.3 percent as a team in the first half, but forced 14 turnovers on the defensive end to stifle the Blackbirds.
LIU trimmed its deficit to single-digits, 41-32, with 3:25 remaining in the third quarter, but the Mount quickly pushed it back to double-digits following a pair of buckets by Alexis Wooden. Two free throws from Wooden with less than a minute left in the frame gave the Mount a 14-point advantage, before Ella Vaatanen responded with a triple with 21 seconds on the clock to cut it to a 48-37 game heading into the fourth.
The Mountaineers maintained their double-digit advantage through the early part of the fourth period, and a three-pointer by Bridget Birkhead at the 5:22 mark gave them their largest lead of the game at 58-39. LIU didn't pull closer than 16 the rest of the way, as the Mount closed out the 61-45 victory.
Mount St. Mary's shot 31.7 percent overall in the contest and made 7-of-29 (.241) from deep. LIU posted a 30.8 percent shooting night and hit 6-of-19 (.316) from long range. The Mountaineers held a 44-33 rebounding edge in the tilt.
Mount St. Mary's continues its home stand on Monday, January 28 with a matchup against St. Francis Brooklyn at 7 p.m.