Freshman Courtney Heesemann registered her sixth double-double of the 2006-07 season with 11 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as the Mount Saint Vincent Women's Basketball team scored their biggest win of the 2006-07 season, a 52-48 triumph over USMMA-Kings Point during a game played at Mount Saint Vincent. The Mount travels to St. Joseph's (LI) for a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday.
10 days after a 70-66 loss to USMMA, Mount Saint Vincent tightened up on the defensive half of the court on Thursday night, and it showed. Every shot was contested, every rebound was chased, and despite a major height disadvantage to USMMA, the Dolphins outrebounded the Mariners, 55-41. Mount Saint Vincent also forced 29 USMMA turnovers and committed only 21 ... and the extra possessions would prove to be an enormous difference as the Dolphins struggled to shoot from the start. Mount Saint Vincent shot only 19% during the first 20 minutes and 23% for the game (17 for 73), including a 7 for 29 effort from three-point range. However, they also had control of the ball for most of the game, particularly in the second half. Down 43-36 with 7:09 remaining, the Mount went on a 13-3 run which featured an incredible offensive rebound-and-put-back by Kaitlin Burud (Red Hook, NY/Red Hook HS) to tie the score at 46 with 2:43 remaining. On the ensuing USMMA possession, freshman Lauren Percodani (Staten Island, NY/St. Joseph by the Sea) stole a pass, ran the length of the floor, was fouled from behind, but somehow converted a lay-up while falling. Percodani, who finished with a game-high 13 points, and added six rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots and two steals, sunk the free-throw to make it 49-46 with 2:28 to play.
From there, it was back-and-forth drama as the minutes wound down. Two USMMA free throws with 2:22 remaining made it 49-48, but for the next two minutes, neither teams was able to score a point. Heesemann made it 50-48 with 23 seconds remaining, and her diving rebound with 10 seconds to play marked the biggest defensive stand of the season for the Dolphins. Off of a USMMA time-out, Percodani was fouled, sending her to the free-throw line. Amazingly, the freshman missed both shots, but after missing the second attempt, she hustled to grab her own rebound and was immediately fouled with two seconds left in the game. This time, Percodani converted both attempts to clinch the win.
Besides her points and rebounds, Heesemann added four assists, two blocked shots, and five steals. Also for the Mount, freshman Karissa Koerner (Bay Shore, NY/Brentwood HS) scored 12 points and added six rebounds.
Mount Saint Vincent returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 20 when they hop right back into Skyline Conference play. The Dolphins travel to St. Joseph's (LI) for a 5:00 p.m. start.