MOUNT ST. MARY'S (14-14, 8-9 NEC) vs. SACRED HEART (17-11, 13-4)
Thursday, March 7 | 7:00 p.m.
Emmitsburg, Maryland | Knott Arena
>>> The Mount hosts Sacred Heart in the regular season finale on Thursday night at Knott Arena. The Mountaineers have clinched a spot in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament as they're set to head back to the conference playoffs for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. The Mount will look to win its first NEC Tournament Championship since 1995, when the team capped off a run of three straight titles.
>>> With a win over Sacred Heart on Thursday, the Mount will be guaranteed either the No. 5 or 6 seed in the NEC Playoffs, while a loss would drop the Mount to either the No. 6 or 7 seed.
>>> The Mount and Sacred Heart are set to meet for the 40th time in series history on Thursday, with SHU holding a 33-6 all-time advantage. The Mount has recorded four of its six victories in the series at Knott Arena. In the first matchup between the teams back in early February, Sacred Heart posted a 76-41 win at the Pitt Center as all five Pioneer starters finished in double-figures, led by 19 points from Katherine Haines. Michaela Harrison paced the Mountaineers with 14 points behind a 4-of-8 mark from three-point territory.
>>> Mount St. Mary's fell at St. Francis Brooklyn by a 69-65 margin on Monday night. The loss evened the Mountaineers' overall record to 14-14 on the year and 8-9 in conference play, as they now sit in a three-way tie for fifth place in the league standings. Juliette Lawless paced the Mount with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting and a 7-of-8 mark at the line. Taylor Addison provided one of her best performances of the season, finishing with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting to go along with eight rebounds off the bench. Michaela Harrison hit a pair of three-pointers and finished with 10 points, and is now two three-pointers shy of tying the Mount's program record for most threes in a single season (79).
>>> Harrison's 77 three-pointers this season are the most by a freshman in Mount program history. Daly Sullivan held the previous rookie record with 75 triples just last season. Harrison needs two more threes to tie the overall Mount St. Mary program record of 79, which was set by Myriam Baccouche during the 2003-04 campaign.
>>> Lawless and Harrison have combined for over 30 points per game in NEC contests this season. The pair both rank top-10 in scoring in NEC games, with Lawless averaging 15.1 and Harrison putting up 15.0. Lawless has scored 20-plus points in five NEC games on the year and has reached double-figures in 12 of 16 games played, while Harrison has reached double-figure points in 15 of 17 league games.
>>> The Mount's bench has contributed nicely in the last two contests, scoring 20 points in both games. The team's bench unit has now scored 20 or more in nine games this season. In Saturday's win over Fairleigh Dickinson, Daly Sullivan scored a team-high 14 points off the bench. On Monday at St. Francis Brooklyn, Taylor Addison led the bench scoring with eight points while Alexis Wooden added seven.