Emmitsburg, Md. (January 28, 2019) – The Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team knocked off St. Francis Brooklyn, 78-75, on Monday night at Knott Arena for the team's fourth win in the last five games. Juliette Lawless poured in a game-high 28 points to lead the Mount in the contest.
Lawless posted an efficient 11-for-19 shooting night, including a 4-of-6 mark from downtown as she finished one point shy of her career-high with 28. The performance was Lawless' ninth 20-point game of the season, while she also contributed a team-high seven rebounds and six assists.
Daly Sullivan and Michaela Harrison netted 15 points apiece and combined for eight threes in the tilt to help fuel the Mount's attack. Rebecca Lee was the other Mountaineer in double-figures, as she finished with 10 points and six boards.
The Mount shot at a 42.3 percent clip overall and made 12-of-36 (.333) beyond the arc, while St. Francis Brooklyn registered a 45 percent shooting night and converted 7-of-15 (.467) from deep. The back-and-forth contest featured 13 lead changes and nine ties throughout the fast-paced action.
The Mount entered the fourth quarter with a 59-55 advantage, but that was quickly erased following five straight from the Terriers to begin the period. A three-pointer from Jade Johnson with 6:05 remaining pushed the St. Francis lead to 65-61, which marked the team's largest advantage of the frame.
Mount St. Mary's chipped away and tied the game at 69-all with 4:10 on the clock, before a layup from Lawless put the Mount back on top by a pair. The Mountaineers forced misses on St. Francis' next two possessions, and Lawless stepped up big for the team once again with a long three-pointer as the shot clock expired to make it a 74-69 game with 2:16 left.
The Terriers quickly answered with a bucket in the paint by Maria Palarino, but Sullivan hit from deep on the other end for the Mountaineers to increase the advantage to six, 77-71, with just over a minute left on the clock.
On the ensuing possession, Palarino converted in the lane once again for St. Francis to cut the deficit to four. The Terriers forced a missed three-pointer by the Mount on the other end and got the ball back with 15 seconds left. Palarino was fouled in the offensive end and drained both free throws to trim the Mount lead to 77-75.
Lawless got the in-bounds pass for the Mount following a timeout, and was promptly fouled by the Terriers. The senior only made 1-of-2 at the stripe, giving the ball back to St. Francis with eight seconds and a chance to tie the game.
Following a timeout from the Terriers to advance the ball, Amy O'Neill struggled to get off an off-balanced three-pointer as the Mount defenders swarmed on her, and her shot came up short, giving the Mount a 78-75 win.
The victory pushed the Mountaineers to 10-9 overall and 4-4 in conference play, as they now sit just a game behind St. Francis Brooklyn and Saint Francis U for the third seed in the league standings. The Terriers dropped to 11-9 overall and 5-3 in the NEC following the loss.
In the first quarter of play, St. Francis Brooklyn led for the majority of the frame until the Mount took over late and jumped ahead. The Mountaineers opened a one-point advantage with 1:25 remaining in the quarter, which was their first lead since the opening minute of the contest. The Mount finished the first period on a 9-1 run, led by a pair of threes from Sullivan, to take a 27-20 lead into the second.
The Terriers were able to chip away throughout the opening portion of the second quarter before re-taking the lead, 37-36, following a three from Johnson with 3:54 on the clock. Two straight Terrier buckets gave them a five-point advantage, but the Mount was able to whittle it down in the final minute with six of the last eight points to close the gap to 43-42 heading into the break.
The Mount shot 43.2 percent from the floor in the opening half, compared to a 47.2 percent mark from St. Francis. The Terriers also made 6-of-10 from deep, and Johnson led all scorers at the half with 16 points. Lawless paced the Mountaineers with 10 first-half point, while Sullivan notched nine and Lee added eight.
Mount St. Mary's concludes its three-game home stand this Saturday, February 2 against Saint Francis U at 1 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.