Brooklyn, N.Y. (February 11, 2019) – Freshman guard Michaela Harrison netted a career-high 31 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double, but Mount St. Mary's fell to LIU Brooklyn, 71-61, on Monday night at the Steinberg Wellness Center.
Playing without top-scorer and senior leader Juliette Lawless, Harrison gave Mount St. Mary's (10-12, 4-7 NEC) a big-time performance that saw the rookie go 11-of-25 from the field and 4-of-12 from deep en route to her second 30-plus point performance of the season. The rookie also pulled down 10 boards as she recorded the team's fifth double-double of the season. Harrison has now registered double-figure points in 10 straight games and has drained three or more three-pointers in five straight.
Not to be outdone, LIU Brooklyn (2-20, 1-10 NEC) freshman Brandy Thomas, who is the second-leading rookie scorer in the league behind Harrison, put up huge numbers with a career-high 36 points and 19 rebounds. Thomas posted an efficient 16-of-24 shooting night and made both of her three-point attempts.
Rebecca Lee was the other Mountaineer in double-figures, finishing with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go along with five boards. Taylor Addison joined Harrison with double-digit rebounds as she pulled down a career-best 10 boards.
LIU, which entered the final quarter of play with a three-point advantage, went on an early 8-2 run in the opening 1:19 of action to increase its lead to 54-45. The Blackbirds grabbed their first double-digit lead of the tilt with 5:40 remaining following back-to-back threes from Jeydah Johnson and Thomas.
Harrison answered for the Mount with five straight points on a three-pointer followed by a jumper, which cut the team's deficit to 63-55 with 3:32 left. Thomas was able to counter with a traditional three-point play for the Blackbirds to push the lead back to double-digits with 3:20 on the clock. The LIU defense held Mount St. Mary's to just two field goals the rest of the way, and closed out the 71-61 win for its first conference victory.
The Mount shot 33.3 percent overall from the field and made just 5-of-22 (.227) from beyond the arc in the contest, while LIU shot 41.7 percent and made 6-of-17 (.353) from long range and 15-of-17 (.882) from the line.
The Mountaineers held a 13-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but a 9-2 run from LIU Brooklyn to open the second gave the Blackbirds their largest lead of the half, 21-15, at the midway mark of the period. Harrison took over from there as she scored the Mountaineers' next 11 points in a span of three and a half minutes to put them back in front, 26-25, with 1:15 left in the half.
Ryan Weise got LIU back on top with a pair of free throws with 19 seconds on the clock, but Bridget Birkhead's long three-pointer that banked off the glass in the waning seconds gave the Mount a 29-27 lead at the halftime break.
Harrison scored 16 of the Mount's 29 points in the opening half, going 6-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 from long range. Brandy Thomas paced LIU with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the half.
The Mount returns home to face league-leading Robert Morris on Saturday (Feb. 16) at 1 p.m.