This past Saturday, Jan. 27, the Mount St. Mary’s Women’s basketball team (7-13) went head-to-head against Wagner College (3-17) at Knott Arena, resulting in a 79-56 win, pushing the Mount to a 4-5 conference record. This match-up proved important to the team, who has only won two of the last seven games this year.
Mount St. Mary’s was strong and steady going into the first quarter. With the women all ready in position, the ball was tossed into Mount St. Mary’s favor. Immediately after the jump-off, the players all became one team, constantly looking around their surroundings and working together towards the hoop on the opposite side of the court. Sophomore Ashlee White, a guard that averages 13.1 points per game, stated, “A lot of people may not know this, but communication is something we practice. It is a big part of being successful on and off court,” White continued, “it felt amazing to be so intact, the chemistry was evident and it transferred into the game.”
Mount St. Mary’s kept communicating throughout the game, looking for their next move and passing the ball to each other as they tried to figure out the Seahawks’ defense. The first quarter ended with senior Kayla Agentowicz bringing in six points while senior Katrice Dickson and junior Juliette Lawless attributed five points each. Senior Caroline Hummel also added two points from the charity stripe to give her team the 18-13 lead.
Wagner seemed to have found their groove in the second quarter as the Seahawks’ Sierra Clark started to give her team momentum, accumulating eighteen points alone with just under five minutes remaining.
Tension was mounting for Mount St. Mary’s. They knew Wagner had to ability to stick to their sides the whole game, but the home team pushed through the second quarter as hard as they could. Nine players from the Mount had gotten their names on the board by half-time, including both Lawless and Dickson. As soon as the buzzer rang, the Mount returned to their locker room with a 37-29 lead.
Both teams eventually made their way back on court, bouncing on their toes to keep their muscles warm and ready to move. With Mount St. Mary’s starting to gain control of the ball moving into the third quarter, and with only two minutes to spare, an 8-0 run gave them a 53-37 lead.
Wagner’s fight with Mount St. Mary’s was not over though. Clark was still gaining points rather quickly, and by the end of the third quarter had recorded 20 points to her name. The Mount’s Lawless, Agentowicz and White had all scored double digit points by the end of the third quarter to give the Mount the 59-42 advantage.
By the middle of the fourth quarter, it seemed as if Mount St. Mary’s had a sure win. With a 17 point lead, Mount St. Mary’s closed out strong to keep their 15 game win-streak against Wagner alive.
“I was really proud of how we played today,” said Head Coach Maria Marchesano, “I thought we shared the ball really well and though our energy and effort was a step up from what its been the past couple of games, I thought we took it even further today.”
Next weekend the Mount basketball team heads up to Brooklyn, New York, to face LIU Brooklyn on Feb. 3 and St. Francis Brooklyn on Feb. 5. “I think our kids will be ready to go,” stated Marchesano, “I think our energy will be high.”