WRITTEN BY DAVID MENZE
Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. — St. Francis College Terrier Women lost to visiting Northeast Conference rival Mount St. Mary’s 49-46 on Monday.
The Lady Terriers posted two players in double-figures, shot better from behind the arc and the field overall than their opposition, possessed a nine-point lead at halftime, and still lost 49-46 to the visiting Mountaineers of Mount St. Mary’s on Monday.
St. Francis played great in the first half and led 31-22 at the break but saw their slim lead slip away as the Mount started the second half on a 9-0 run, squaring the score at 31 apiece. It took the Terriers over eight minutes to score their first basket of the second half.
The demoralized Terriers couldn’t stop Mount St. Mary’s momentum as the Mountaineers overcame their first half deficit and won the game by a three-point margin. With the win, they improve to 8-11 overall (4-4 in NEC play) this season. St. Francis falls to 2-17 overall (1-7 in NEC play) this season.
Despite the heartbreaking loss, there was a bright spot for the Terriers. Freshman forward Jaymee Veney recorded her second career double-double, scoring 12 points while grabbing 11 rebounds in 29 minutes of action. Teammate Sarah Benedetti led St. Francis with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, draining 3-of-6 from downtown.
Guard Sydney Henderson scored a team-high 13 points for the Mountaineers, she only got two minutes of rest in the game. Kayla Grossett was the second leading scorer with 11 points.
St. Francis outrebounded St. Mary’s by a 41-28 margin but lost the turnover battle 22-14 as the Mount capitalized on the Terriers miscues with 18 points.
The game was won however in the second half on foul-shots. The Mountaineers converted 9-of-13 free-throws while St. Francis only sank 1-of-3 attempts.
The Terriers next game is Saturday, January 28, on the road as they travel to Western Pennsylvania to play the Colonials of Robert Morris University. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 pm.
FINAL: MSM 49 – SFC 46
0:20 – Terriers cut lead to 46-44.
2:00 – Mount St. Mary’s takes 46-42 lead after 5-0 capped off by Matthews’ two made free-throws.
3:14 – St. Francis takes 42-41 lead after Bingham’s lay-up.
518 – The Mount take 41-40 lead after 8-3 run capped off by Christie’s conventional three-point play.
8:30 – Terriers take 38-33 lead after 5-0 run.
10:32 – MSM ties score, 33-33, after Mann’s basket.
13:50 – St. Francis reclaims lead, 33-31, after bucket by Bingham.
13:58 – Mount St. Mary’s ties score 31-31 after 9-0 run to start the second-half.
HALFTIME: SFC 31 – MSM 22
0:35 – SFC leads 31-21 on Veney’s bucket.
2:11 – St. Francis up 29-21 after 14-6 run capped off by Simpson’s first basket of the game.
8:13 – The Mount ties the score, 15-15, after Kaufman basket and Grossett’s two made free-throws.
11:57 – SFC leads 15-11 after Robinson hits one-of-two foul shots followed by Bingham’s basket.
12:56 – Mount trails 12-11 after Carney’s basket.
14:10 – MSM trails 12-8 on William’s first basket.
15:00 – Mount St. Mary’s down 12-6 after Matthew’s basket.
15:28 – Terriers up 12-4 on Benedetii’s bucket.
16:02 – St. Francis takes 10-4 lead after another Kaufman basket.
16:20 – Mount trail 8-4 on Henderson’s lay-up.
16:42 – Terriers take 8-2 lead Kaufman’s jumper.
17:08 – SFC leads 6-2 after Fox converts one-of-two foul-shots.
17:39 – Mount St. Mary’s scores first points of game and trail 5-2 after Grossett’s basket.
18:00 – St. Francis leads 5-0 on Veney’s basket.
19:15 – Terriers take first lead of game, 3-0, on Fox’s three-pointer.
Tonight’s game marks the 46th meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1989-90 season.
The Mount leads the series 43-2, including a 20-1 mark in Brooklyn. The Terriers swept Mount St. Mary’s in the 2007-08 season for its only two wins in the series.
The Mountaineers won the last seven match-ups against St. Francis including a 70-48 victory earlier this season on Dec. 5 when SFC traveled to Emmitsburg, Maryland.
In that game, freshman forward Jaymee Veney scored a career-high 17 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds in 29 minutes of action for St. Francis. Sophomore point guard Jasmin Robinson chipped in with 15 points (13 in second-half) and five steals. The duo combined to shoot 63.6 percent (14-of-22 ; 7-of-11 each) from the field.
The Mount’s Sydney Henderson finished that contest with a game-high 18 points, shooting 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the field as teammates Mariah Powell and Kelly Guerriero assisted with nine points apiece. With the win, the Mountaineers got off to their first 2-0 league start since 2005-06.
St. Francis is 2-16 overall this season and 1-6 in NEC play after defeating Wagner 48-34 on Saturday. Robinson posted 13 points in the victory for the Terriers. The win over Wagner snapped a 13-game losing streak.
The Mountaineers (7-11 overall ; 3-4 in NEC play) enter this evening’s contest looking to snap a two-game skid as they lost to LIU Brooklyn, 69-45, on Saturday.