MOUNT ST. MARY'S (14-15, 8-10 NEC) at ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN (18-12, 12-6 NEC)
Monday, March 11 | 7:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. | Pope Physical Education Center
SETTING THE SCENE
No. 6 seed Mount St. Mary's will face No. 3 St. Francis Brooklyn in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Quarterfinals on Monday, March 11 at the Pope Physical Education Center in Brooklyn Heights, New York. The teams will tip off at 7 p.m., and action can be seen for free on NECFrontRow.com.
ABOUT THE MOUNT
The Mountaineers rounded out the regular season at 14-15 overall and 8-10 in the NEC to secure the No. 6 seed heading into the playoffs. The 14 victories are the most for the program since the 2013-14 campaign, when the Mountaineers went 19-14 overall and earned the program's only-ever trip the WNIT.
Mount St. Mary's is averaging 66.2 points per game, good for third-most in the conference, and sits in the middle of the pack in both field goal percentage (.386) and three-point percentage (.328). The team's offense is led by the duo of senior point guard Juliette Lawless (16.3 ppg) and freshman guard Michaela Harrison (12.9 ppg), who rank fifth and 10th in the league in scoring, respectively. Lawless also places among the top-10 in the NEC in field goal percentage, three-point percentage, assists, steals and assist-to-turnover ratio. On the boards, Rebecca Lee (7.4 rpg) and Jatarrikah Settle (6.1 rpg) have led the way, as the pair have combined for 15 double-digit rebound performances on the season. Lee ranks fifth in the league in the rebounding department.
MOUNT PLAYOFF HISTORY
The Mountaineers are headed back to the conference playoffs for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. They are looking for their first NEC Tournament Championship since 1995 when they capped off a run of three straight crowns. They won the Tournament in 1993, 1994 and 1995 under Bill Sheahan, who is the winningest coach in program history with 372 victories at the Mount.
The Mount's last win in the NEC Playoffs came during the 2013-14 campaign as the No. 2 seed. The Mountaineers topped Wagner, 75-66, in the opening round before falling to Saint Francis U, 68-63, in the semifinals. The Mount, which went 19-14 overall and 13-5 that season, earned the program's only-ever trip to the WNIT.
NEARING THE RECORD
Freshman guard Michaela Harrison recently set the Mount St. Mary's rookie record for most three-pointers in a single season, as she surpassed Daly Sullivan's previous record of 75, which was set just last season. Harrison now has 78 triples and needs just one more to tie the overall Mount single-season record of 79, which was set by Myriam Baccouche back during the 2003-04 campaign.
SCOUTING ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN
The Terriers are the highest scoring team in the NEC, averaging 75.2 points per game. They also lead the league in field goal percentage (.445), three-point percentage (.387) and free throw percentage (.745). The team's top scorer, junior guard Jade Johnson, ranks second in the conference in scoring (19.9) and three-point percentage (.427). Senior point guard Amy O'Neill facilitates the Terrier offense, as she leads the nation in assists (8.6), and is also top-20 in the NEC in scoring (10.3) and rebounding (6.9).
INSIDE THE SERIES
Mount St. Mary's owns a 52-8 all-time advantage over St. Francis Brooklyn, including a 24-5 mark on the Terriers' home court. The Mount's record against St. Francis Brooklyn is the team's best against any NEC opponent. The teams split the season series during the 2018-19 campaign, with both games being decided by four points or less.
In the opening meeting on January 28 in Emmitsburg, the Mountaineers knocked off the Terriers by a 78-75 margin behind a game-high 28 points from Juliette Lawless, which was tied for the second-highest scoring game of her career. Lawless posted an efficient 11-for-19 shooting night from the filed, including a 4-of-6 mark from downtown. The four threes tied a career high for the senior. 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.
This past Monday, the Mount and St. Francis battled in the second matchup of the season. The Terriers pulled out a 69-65 victory in Brooklyn Heights as four players finished in double-figures, led by 18 points and eight rebounds from Ebony Horton. Amy O'Neill nearly reached triple-double territory with 10 points, nine assists and eight boards. For the Mount, Lawless paced the squad with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting and a 7-of-8 mark at the line, and 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.
The winner of the matchup between Mount St. Mary's and St. Francis Brooklyn will head to the NEC Semifinal round, which will take place on Thursday, March 14 at the home of the higher seed. The game will be streamed on ESPN3.com, with opening tip set for 7 p.m.