Michaela Harrison Pours in 17 Points as Mount St. Mary’s Routs LIU 65-41
The Mount St. Mary's Women's Basketball took the court Sunday afternoon in search of a resume-boosting sweep of the LIU Sharks. Michaela Harrison's ( C’22) 17 points would propel the Mountaineers to a 65-41 victory at Steinberg Wellness Center, NY. The Mountaineers continuing their winning ways, as they move to 9-4 overall (8-2 NEC). Mount St. Mary's had two players in double-figures with Kendall Bresee netting 10 points with a majority at the charity stripe. The bench for the Mountaineer raked in a total of 16 points, adding to the offensive performance that outweighed LIU.
Mount St Mary's put together a stellar display of defense in the first quarter, holding the opposition to a total of eight points. Although the overall shooting percentage was not the best for the Mountaineers, they sank in four out nine three-pointers to solidify a 10 point lead going into the second quarter. Shooting 66.67% from the free-throw line also gave them an edge in the first quarter. Six of the eight points for the LIU Sharks came from free-throws. The Mountaineers made it extremely difficult to score as the LIU Sharks could only secure one field goal in the first quarter.
To kickstart the second quarter, Rebecca Lee( C’'21) extended Mount St. Mary's lead to 12 points with a layup assisted by Kendall Bresee. This lead quickly dropped back to 10 points after a bucket was tallied by LIU's Brandy Thomas. After swapping buckets back and forth, the Sharks would then trail by eight points. Following this slight comeback, Kayla Agentowicz and Kendall added to the scoreboard to combine for a total of seven points. The LIU Sharks put up a better fight to end this quarter down 10 points, ultimately matching the Mountaineers on 11 points apiece going into the third.
The third quarter was rough for the Mountaineers in terms of FG percentage(30%). Although this was the case, 3PT percentage(50%) and FT percentage(62.50%) carried them through the quarter. Early on in the third, Harrison and Aryna Taylor were able to match each other on three-pointers on back-to-back Mountaineer possessions. Harrison would go on to score one more field goal while the rest of the Mountaineer points occurred to success at the free-throw line. Three seconds left in the third quarter, LIU Sharks Kiara Bell came through with a jumper to reduce the lead to seven points going into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter is when the Mountaineers decided to put their foot on the gas. The Sharks were held to a total of six points, allowing the Mountaineers to put on a dominant offensive show. Their success from the three-point line continued to push them to victory. Two more threes were produced by Harrison with another coming from Bridget Birkhead(Class'21). Another surge of points came from the supporting role of Isabella Hunt, Isabella Pelaia and Jessica Tomasetti to close out a dominating fourth quarter.
The Mountaineers will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 20 as they host the Bryant Bulldogs as a part of a two-game series. Tipoff from Emmitsburg is set for 2:00 p.m.