Mount St. Mary’s Women’s Basketball Battles No. 13/12 West Virginia Wednesday

Mount St. Mary’s Women’s Basketball Battles No. 13/12 West Virginia Wednesday

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (2-8) at NO. 13/12 WEST VIRGINIA (11-0)
Wednesday, December 21 | 6:30 p.m.
Morgantown, W.Va. | WVU Coliseum


· The Mountaineers were unable to climb out of a 26-point halftime deficit against William & Mary on Sunday as they fell to the Tribe by a 68-46 margin in Williamsburg to drop to 2-8 on the year. The Mountaineers were held to just four points in the opening quarter, and headed into the halftime break trailing 41-15. They outscored W&M 21-14 in the third, but weren't able to trim the deficit under 19 the rest of the way as the Tribe claimed their eighth straight victory.
· Junior Stacey Koutris provided a spark off the bench against William & Mary, registering a team-high 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, including a 2-of-3 mark from downtown, to go along with five rebounds. Koutris nearly matched her career high in points (12), which she set at Saint Francis U two seasons ago, and just missed out on her career high in rebounds (6), set last season vs. Central Connecticut. The double-digit scoring performance was Koutris' first of the season and third of her career.
· Mount St. Mary's has seen an uptick in bench scoring over the last two contests, receiving 28 points from non-starters at Howard, and 37 on Sunday at William & Mary. Prior to those two games, the team's previous high in bench scoring was 18 against Lehigh back in late November. On Sunday, the Mount's top-four scorers in the contest all came off the bench: Stacey Koutris (11 pts.), Kayla Bates (9), Alexis Carter (9) and Kathleen Belanger-Finn (8).
· Senior guard Alexis Carter, who transferred to the Mount prior to her junior campaign, has racked up 436 points through 39 career games played with the Mount and sits just 64 shy of the 500-point mark. The Woodbridge, Va. native continues to climb the Mount's all-time scoring list, currently ranking 72nd in program history.
· Mount St. Mary's matches up with West Virginia for the seventh time in series history on Wednesday with WVU holding a 4-2 edge. The Mount's pair of victories in the series with West Virginia came back in 1979 and 1994. The last time the two programs met, WVU claimed a 94-32 win in 2011 in Morgantown.

West Virginia, ranked 13th in the AP Poll and 12th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, cruised past Longwood last time out, 107-40, to improve to 11-0 overall on the year. They're averaging 82.5 points per contest and holding opponents to 48.6 per game. The Mountaineers also own a +13.4 rebounding margin, averaging 46.9 boards per contest. Four players are averaging double figures this season, including sophomore guard Tynice Martin (18.7 ppg) and junior forward Teana Muldrow (13.9).

The Mount is back in action for the Northeast Conference opener at LIU Brooklyn on December 29 at 2 p.m.