Emmitsburg, Md. (February 6, 2017) – Alexis Carter tallied a game-high 17 points and Caroline Hummell registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds as the duo powered Mount St. Mary's University past Bryant, 61-53, for the team's third straight win.
Carter went 6-of-10 from the field for her 17 points as the senior collected her ninth double-digit effort of the season to go along with eight rebounds. Hummell went a perfect 4-for-4 in the opening half, tallying eight of her 11 points in the pair of quarters, and finished the contest with the third double-double of her career.
With the victory, the Mountaineers improved to 6-6 in league play and 8-15 overall as they leaped ahead of Bryant in the standings, moving into sole possession of fifth place. Following the loss, the Bulldogs dropped to 5-7 in conference and 10-13 overall.
The Mount defense stymied the Bulldogs in the opening quarter, holding Bryant off the board for a five-plus minute stretch in the midst of a 10-0 Mountaineer run. Hummell tallied four points during the rally, and found an open Kayla Bates for a three-pointer to cap off the run as the Mount extended its lead to 17-5 with 44 seconds remaining.
Chanel Ramcharren finally ended the Bulldogs' scoring drought with a three-pointer from the wing to close the gap to 17-8 heading into the second.
The Mount opened the second with a big 13-3 run, fueled by eight points from Carter, to open a 30-11 lead at the 4:47 mark. The Mountaineers then rattled off seven of the next nine points to extend their lead to the largest of the game, 37-13.
Bryant answered with the final eight points of the quarter, capped by three-pointers from Ramcharren and Haley Connors in the last minute, to cut the deficit to 37-21 at the halftime break.
The third quarter belonged to the Bulldogs as they held Mount St. Mary's to just five points in the frame. After a pair of free throws from Ashlee White at the 9:01 mark, the Mount wasn't able to find the bucket for nearly seven minutes until White ended the drought with a three-pointer off a feed from Bates.
A layup from Naomi Ashley in the final minute brought Bryant within eight, 42-34, with just one quarter remaining.
Bryant was able to get to the line early in the fourth, converting six free throws in the opening minutes, sandwiched around a three-pointer from Ramcharren and layup from Ashley, to bring the Bulldogs within one. A layup from Sydney Holloway on the next possession gave Bryant its first lead since the opening minutes of the contest, 48-47.
The Mountaineers responded right away as Katrice Dickson hit a three-pointer on the other end to put them back in front at the 5:22 mark.
Three straight points from the Bulldogs brought them within five, 58-53, but the Mountaineers converted their free throws down the stretch to earn the 61-53 victory.
The Mount opens a four-game road stretch on Saturday, February 11 at Saint Francis U at 4 p.m.