The Mount’s Women’s Basketball team (0-1) headed up to South Bend, Ind. to take on the sixth ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Nov. 11 where they fell by a score of 121-65 in their season opener.
Sophomore guard Ashlee White was the leading scorer for the Mount, dropping in 12 points on 5-9 shooting. Senior Katrice Dickson added 11 of her own and dished out 4 assists while sophomore Kayla Agentowicz and first-year duo, Daly Sullivan and Rebecca LeCe all added 8 points to help out.
The Mount fell behind early as Notre Dame came out full force, scoring 33 points in the first quarter of play. Sullivan and White helped the the Mount climb back into it early in the second quarter with a pair of shots from behind the arc. Sullivan would drill three points with just under 6 minutes to play in the quarter bringing the Mount within single digits.
The Fighting Irish would tighten up defensively after some halftime adjustments and managed to extend their lead to double digits entering the 4th quarter, putting the game out of the grasp of the Mountaineers.
The Mount shot just over 40% from the floor and 38% from deep in the contest.
On the other side of Mount basketball, the men’s team (0-2) began their season on Nov. 10 at Marquette University (0-1), beginning their tough road schedule to open up their 2017-2018 campaign. The Mount would fall 80-59 behind 20 points from senior Junior Robinson.
Marquette came out hot and opened with an 8-0 run before senior Greg Alexander, shot from behind the arc, would get the Mount on the scoreboard. The Mount found themselves down 26-14 through the first 10 minutes of play but climbed back within 6 points, thanks to 3 pointers from both first year (R) Jonah Antonio and true freshmen Donald Carey.
Marquette would end the first half with a 21 point lead, taking the air from the Mountaineers. Carey scored 11 points and dished out 3 assists while Alexander pitched in 9 points off the bench. Antonio, the first player from Australia for the Mount, in his collegiate debut, finished with a nice stat line of 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals.
The Mountaineers then headed up to South Bend as well to take on the 13th ranked Fighting Irish, where they would fall 88-62.
The Mount entered the half only trailing by 8 points as a strong defensive showing allowed the players to force some turnovers from the team ranked second in the NCAA in turnovers allowed per game. They found themselves leading 23-20 with just over six minutes left in the first half but gave up an 11 point run that erased their lead. A pair of 3’s from Carey and first year Bobby Planutis would cut the deficit to just 2 points.
The second half opened with 14-0 Notre Dame run extending the Mount’s deficit to 22 points. The Mount managed to cut the Fighting Irish’s lead to 15 during the second half, but Notre Dame held their ground and finished out the game with a victory.
Robinson finished with a team high 14 points, while Planutis added 11 of his own with a team high of 7 rebounds. First year (R) Antonio added 9 points and 6 rebounds and first year Omar Habwe added 8 points and 5 rebounds to his stat-line. Alexander and Carey added 7 points of their own, while center sophomore Ryan Gomes contributed 6 points and 5 rebounds in the Mount’s balanced and widespread offensive attack.
The Men’s team looks to capture their first win of the year against Georgetown University on Nov. 15 in Washington D.C.