Nov. 20, 2010

Box Score

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Three Mount Saint Mary's players scored in double figures as the Mountaineers defeated the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball team, 65-56, at Knott Arena Saturday.

Ashley Christie (14), Kayla Grossett (13) and Mary Dunn (10) paced the Mount to its first win of the season as MSM improves to 1-2. UMES (1-1) received double digits from three players as well but dropped its first road game of the season. The game was the first between the two schools since the 1990-91 season. Mount Saint Mary's moves to 7-0 all-time against UMES.

Junior Amber Cook (Greensboro, N.C.) tallied 14 points and seven rebounds while senior Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md.) had 12 and junior Kwinnyata Mercer (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) chipped in with 10.

UMES led only once in the game on a 3-pointer from Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.) that made it 9-8 with 15:31 to play. The Mount used a 10-1 run over nearly five minutes to go up by eight midway thought the first half and led by as many as 13 on two occasions, the last on a pair of free throws by Gossett.

The Lady Hawks cut the Mount Saint Mary's lead to 29-22 with an 8-2 spurt of its own at the 2:26 mark. The stretch featured five points from Morton and three by Cook.

MSM was up, 33-22, at halftime on the strength of 10-for-19 shooting (52.5 percent). A Cook 3-pointer just over two minutes into the second half reduced it to an eight-point, 33-25 game but Grossett answered two minutes later with a long ball in transition to restore the double-digit advantage.

Trailing 39-27 with 14:14 remaining, UMES engineered a 9-0 run to get within a workable margin of three at 39-36 as the Mount missed three straight shots and Mercer scored six points. The junior-college transfer started the rally with an old-fashioned three-point play and later canned a 3-pointer from Karona Roach (Bear, Del.).



Cook converted a layup with 9:47 left to make it a 40-38 contest but that was as close as the Lady Hawks got.

Sanders stopped a 10-2 run with a free throw with 4:36 remaining as MSM held a 50-41 lead. UMES got a closes as five with under a minute left but it was too little, too late.

Sanders finished with nine points and seven boards, while Dunn collected a double-double for the Mount, adding 10 rebounds.

UMES limited MSM to just 6-of-24 shooting in the second period and shot 10-for-33 (30.3 percent) from the field itself. The Lady Hawks hit just three of their 10 free throws in the first half but rebounds to go 10-for-13 from the stripe in the second.

UMES was whistled for 29 fouls to just 18 for MSM and turned the ball over 21 times, resulting in 23 Mount points. UMES, though, won the rebounding battle for the second straight game, 44-38.

UMES is off until Dec. 1 when it travels to Syracuse to face the Orange at the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m.

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