MOUNT ST. MARY'S vs. BRYANT
Saturday, January 11 | 1:00 p.m.
Smithfield, R.I. | Chace Center
EMMITSBURG, Md. (Jan. 10, 2020) – Looking for their first 3-0 Northeast Conference (NEC) start since the 2005-06 season, the Mount St. Mary's women's basketball team heads to Rhode Island for a Saturday matinee with the Bryant Bulldogs. The Mount opened NEC play with wins at home against Wagner and Long Island.
Bryant is one of two NEC teams that holds a lead in the all-time series over Mount St. Mary's. The Bulldogs have won the past three matchups to possess a 12-9 advantage. The Mount's last victory came on December 31, 2017 - a 68-63 win in Smithfield. Current Director of Basketball Operations Katrice Dickson was the leading scorer that day with 17 points.
Mount St. Mary's continue to be at the top of the NEC leaderboard when it comes to offense. Michaela Harrison, Jatarrikah Settle and company have stepped up in the absence of one-time leading scorer Kendall Bresee due to injury. In NEC games, Mount stands first in field goal percentage, finding the bottom of the net 46 percent of the time. Harrison leads the way with 19.5 points per game, including 25 in the team's win over Long Island. Settle follows her with 14 points per game, but leads in rebounding with nine captures a contest.
However, in order to achieve their first 3-0 start in 14 years, they'll need to get over their road woes. The Mount is 2-6 in games played outside Emmitsburg, as the team has been held to 56.3 points a game, compared to 77.3 at Knott Arena.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Bulldogs stand at 3-11 (1-2 NEC) on the year. In conference, they have defeated Fairleigh Dickinson and fell to Saint Francis U and Merrimack. Bryant relies heavily on defense, holding opponents to just 48 points in games they win. That's because Bryant ranks near the bottom in the NEC at 56.9 points per game, although they have upped that total to 61 per game against the conference.
Senior Sydney Holloway is the team's leading rebounder and scorer, with 10.3 boards and 9.7 points per contest.
The northern New England trip becomes a two-part series this year as Merrimack joined the NEC this year. They'll be Mount's next challenge on Monday (Jan. 13) in North Andover, Mass.