• Elvis Trujillo

A Historic Win for the Mount

The Mount St. Mary’s women’s basketball team beat Valley Forge 102-15 on Nov. 13. It was an emphatic win, to say the least. This 87-point difference is the largest win that the women’s basketball team has had in its program history. This win not only gave the Mountaineers their first win of the season, but it gave new head coach Antoine White his first collegiate win.


In the first quarter of the game, Mount Guard Kayla Agentowicz got the ball rolling for the Mountaineers as she drained her first three within the first minute of the game. With a little over three minutes gone in the first quarter, Valley Forge scored their only point of the quarter. From then on, Mount went on to score 26 straight points. At the end of the first quarter, Mount St. Mary’s was up 29-2.


In the second quarter, it was very much the same as the first. The Patriots scored only four more points in the quarter, whereas Mount scored 19. The Mountaineers finished the half on about 58 percent shooting from the field, including around 45percent from behind the arch. Valley Forge finished out the half on about 13% shooting from the field and 0 percent from threes. The score leading into halftime was 48-6 in favor of Mount St. Mary’s.


In the third quarter, the Mountaineers wanted to come out dominating. Mount Guard Aryna Taylor got it going for the team in the third quarter by scoring five of the next six points. With two minutes gone in the quarter, Mount was up 54-6. The offensive onslaught for the Mountaineers would continue as they finished the quarter up 76-10.


The final quarter entailed victory for the Mountaineers. The game was long over at this point, but the offense continued to pour it on the Patriots. Valley Forge scored their most points in the final quarter with five points. This did not have any impact on the game, for Mount outscored them 26-5. As the final buzzer sounded, Mount St. Mary’s finished on top as they had been all game.


Not only this but everyone on the team scored at least one point marking new career highlights for six new players. The top four game leaders for the match were all Mountaineers: Guard Aryna Taylor who achieved a new career high shot a perfect 9-9, scoring a total of 25 points. Guard Jessica Tomasetti finished with 20 points in 27 minutes of playtime. Forward Isabella Hunt scored 15 points and Guard Jada Lee finished with 10 points in 23 minutes of playtime.


When asked about what the win meant for the Mount community, assistant coach Kelsey Funderburgh said, “Obviously, a great win for first year head coach Antoine White. It was a great opener, and it pushed us to help a great release for the start of the season...this is a big win for the Mount community.”


Furthermore, Funderburgh went into the team’s goals for the season. "Get back to where we were last year and hopefully bring another championship for women's basketball.”


On Nov. 16, the Mount St. Mary’s women’s basketball team will go against the University of Maryland. It’ll be a high intensity game, for the team lost to Maryland in the NCAA tournament last year. Mount will be looking to change the outcome this time around.