Emmitsburg, Md. (February 2, 2019) – Saint Francis University held off Mount St. Mary's for an 83-72 victory on Saturday afternoon in Northeast Conference action at Knott Arena. Michaela Harrison tied a Mount St. Mary's single-game program record for most three-pointers with eight.
Harrison went 8-of-16 from beyond the arc for a team-high 24 points, while also adding six rebounds and three assists. Her eight three-pointers tied Myriam Baccouche and Dominique Mazzuchi for most in a game in program history. Mazzuchi was the last player to accomplish the feat, as she drained eight against Quinnipiac in 2007.
For Saint Francis U, Jess Kovatch notched a game-high 34 points on 6-of-13 shooting from deep. Courtney Zezza recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards, and Haley Thomas added 18 points.
Saint Francis (9-12, 6-3 NEC) jumped out to a 10-4 lead at the first media timeout, but Harrison knocked down back-to-back threes coming out of the break to even the score at 10-all at the 3:32 mark. The Red Flash were able to grab the lead once again in the final minutes, and took a 20-14 advantage into the second. The Mount (10-10, 4-5 NEC) held SFU to just three field goals in the opening quarter, but the Red Flash converted a perfect 13-of-13 at the line for the majority of their offense.
The Red Flash netted eight straight points late in the second quarter to open their largest lead of the half at 33-20. The Mount responded with consecutive three-pointers from Daly Sullivan and Harrison, but SFU was able to extend its advantage back to double-digits, 39-29, before the halftime break.
Both teams struggled from the field in the first half of play, with the Mount posting a 33.3 percent shooting mark and SFU registering a 32.3 percent clip. Harrison paced the Mountaineers with 12 points on four three-pointers, while Kovatch scored 16 for the Red Flash.
SFU opened the third quarter with a 13-3 run to grab a commanding 52-32 lead at the 6:14 mark. Kovatch and Zezza combined for 10 of the team's 13 points during the stretch to fuel the rally. The Red Flash held Mount St. Mary's to just 14.3 percent shooting overall in the third period, and carried a 60-41 advantage into the final quarter.
The Mount was able to cut into the deficit early in the fourth as Harrison notched the team's first six points on a pair of threes. Another triple by Juliette Lawless at the 7:45 mark made it a 64-50 game.
The Mountaineers continued to chip away and trimmed the SFU lead to 66-55 at the final media timeout. After a three from SFU's Kovatch, the Mountaineers rattled off five straight on a layup from Lee and Harrison's seventh three-pointer of the game, which brought them back within single-digits at 69-60. Kovatch was able to stop the momentum somewhat with a traditional three-point play on the other end for SFU.
With just over a minute remaining, Settle hit two free throws and followed by stealing the in-bounds pass and converting a layup to bring the Mount within eight, 74-66. A three-pointer by Sullivan with 44 ticks left made it a seven-point game, but that was as close as the Mount would get in the contest as SFU closed out the 83-72 win.
The Mount shot 32.8 percent from the field overall and made 13-of-38 from deep, while SFU posted a 35.7 percent mark and hit 10-of-30 from long range. The Red Flash also got to the line 38 times and converted on 33 of their attempts for an 86.8 percent clip.
The Mount's next action is on the road at Sacred Heart on February 9 at noon. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.