Following a triumphant victory by the men’s team, the Mount St. Mary’s women’s basketball team went toe-to-toe with the Saint Francis University to continue the homecoming festivities at Knott Arena on Saturday. The Mount went into the nightcap looking for revenge against SFU as the Red Flash took them out of the Northeast Conference playoffs in their semifinal matchup at Knott Arena last year. It was dead heat for most of the contest with both teams shooting 36.5 percent from the floor and snatching 48 rebounds, with a tied score of 57-57 sending the game into overtime. It was a 17-7 run by the Mountaineers in overtime that gave them the advantage they needed to win 74-64. Senior guard Jacqueline Brewer led the charge for the squad as she dropped a game-high 25 points on her way to the 1,000 point mark for her collegiate career, which includes her days at Virginia Commonwealth University.
“Give a lot of credit to Jackie,” Head Coach Bryan Whitten told Mount Athletics; ” I have a lot of respect for her, she works hard at the game and has made herself a really, really good player.” He added that the next goal for her is to score 1,000 points in her Mount career, a goal that he believes she is very capable of reaching. Whitten also noted, “Give our team a lot of credit, they were very resilient. We took much better care of the ball in the second half. We were turning the ball over like crazy, but we got better at it and give our kids a lot of credit.”
A humble Brewer told Mount Athletics of the contest, “It was tough. They’re really fast up and down the court, so we had to control the pace and control the tempo of the game and I think we did a pretty good job of that overall. It feels good to win, it’s just an added bonus that I got my 1,000th point.”
Senior guard Jenn Carney also had a stellar performance, finishing as the Mount’s second leading scoring with 19 points. More importantly, she connected on six crucial free throws in the waning minutes to secure a victory for Mount. Junior center Sarafina Arthur-Williams was another standout, posting her third career double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. The win gave the Mount a 5-1 record at home this year and 28-30 all-time record against the Red Flash.