Emmitsburg, Md. (February 18, 2019) – Rebecca Lee and Juliette Lawless each registered 20-plus point efforts to lead Mount St. Mary's to an 81-66 victory over Wagner in Northeast Conference women's basketball action at Knott Arena on Monday night.
Lee went 9-of-11 from the field to record a career-high 22 points, while also pulling down seven rebounds in the contest. Lawless shot 5-of-8 overall and went a perfect 4-of-4 from long range as she finished with 20 points and seven boards to collect her 10th 20-plus point performance of the season. Jatarrikah Settle chipped in with 11 points, six boards, six assists and four steals, and Michaela Harrison finished with 10 points and three helpers.
The victory marked the 100th of Maria Marchesano's head coaching career. Marchesano recorded 27 wins in two seasons at Urbana University, 52 victories in three seasons at Walsh University, and now has 21 at the Mount in her second season at the helm.
The Mountaineers evened their overall record to 12-12 on the year and 6-7 in conference play with the win, as they now sit just one game behind Wagner (9-15, 7-6 NEC) for the fifth seed in the league standings. The Mount continued its winning ways at Knott Arena, improving to 8-3 at home this season.
On Wagner's end, Taylah Simmons led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Jordan Hobson (16 pts) and Nakylia Carter (11) also registered double-figures.
Wagner opened a 22-17 advantage at the end of the first as Hobson scored 13 of the team's 22 points in the period. The Seahawks shot 64.3 percent overall in the frame while holding the Mount to a 36.4 percent mark.
The Mountaineers turned things around with a dominating second period that saw them outscore Wagner by a 27-10 margin. After a bucket by Wagner to begin the second, the Mount rattled off a huge 19-2 run over a four-minute stretch that put them ahead by double-digits. Lawless and Settle combined for 14 of the Mountaineers' 19 points during the dominating stretch that pushed them in front, 36-26, at the 4:32 mark.
Janelle Mullen finally put an end to the run with a three-pointer for Wagner, but the Mount countered right away on a triple by Daly Sullivan to push the lead back to 10. Lawless connected on her third long ball of the quarter minutes later, and the Mount took a 44-32 lead into the halftime break.
Lee tallied consecutive buckets to open the third quarter of play, which stretched the Mount lead to the largest of the game, 48-32. The Mount remained in front by double-digits until the final minute when a pair of free throws by Carter made it a nine-point game. Taylor Addison got the final basket of the quarter for the Mountaineers to send them into the fourth with a 59-48 advantage.
After a layup from Lee to begin the final quarter, Wagner rattled off eight straight, including threes from Khaleah Edwards and Hobson, to cut the deficit to just five, 61-56, with 8:26 on the clock.
Minutes later with the Mount holding a six-point advantage, Lawless and Bridget Birkhead knocked down back-to-back triples to push the lead back to double-digits, 73-61, heading under the midway mark of the period.
From there, the Mountaineers were able to hold Wagner at arm's length the rest of the way to come away with the 81-66 victory.
Mount St. Mary's shot 47.3 percent in the contest and hit 11-of-26 (.423) from deep and 18-of-23 (.783) at the line. Wagner shot 44.7 percent overall while making 6-of-20 (.300) from beyond the arc and 18-of-25 (.720) at the charity stripe. The Mount held a 35-26 advantage on the glass and forced 20 Seahawks turnovers in the game.
The Mount's next contest is at Bryant on February 23 at 1 p.m.