|Courtney Heesemann posted her ninth double-double of the season at St. Elizabeth.|
Points were hard to come by for on the night, as neither team shot better then 40-percent from the floor. Saint Elizabeth converted just 32.1-percent (17-53) of its field-goal opportunities in the contest, while the Mount went just 17-61 from the floor in the contest for a field goal percentage of 27.9 percent.
After the two team traded buckets in the opening moments, the score would remain tied at 2-2 until the 15:13 mark of the first half when Heesemann converted a lay-up to push the Mount in front. Saint Elizabeth would tie the score at 4-4, but not until the 11:42 mark of the period.
Mount Saint Vincent would take its largest lead of the contest when freshman Jen Mocanu (Middletown, N.J.) buried a jumper to push the Dolphins in front by four points with just over 9:00 left before halftime. Over the final 9:00 of the half, the Eagles would outscore the Mount 14-7 and take a three point edge at 20-17 into the intermission.
Both teams shot under 30-percent in the half and St. Elizabeth held a 26-20 edge on the glass. Sarah Kozlowski led all scorers at the break with nine points on 3-5 shooting from the floor. Mocanu and Koerner paced the Dolphins with seven points apiece in the first half, as the Dolphins had just three players in the scoring column.
Mount Saint Vincent scored the first five point of the second half on a Heesemann lay-in and a Koerner triple to jump in front 22-20 just 1:40 into the stanza. St. Elizabeth would take the lead back after a pair of Kozlowski three-pointers and would hold the advantage until a Mocanu fast break bucket gave the Dolphins a 31-30 lead with just under 12:00 left in regulation.
The Dolphins’ lead was short lived as the Eagles used a quick 6-0 run highlighted by five points from Diane DaSilva to take a lead they would not give back. The Mount would close to within one point twice in the final 4:00 but would run out of time.
Heesemann finished the night with her ninth double-double of the season and also recorded a block for the Dolphins. Koerner went 7-15 from the field and 4-11 from behind the arc for the Dolphins. Only two other players scored for the Mount in the contest, as Mocanu added nine points and Lauren Perocdani (Staten Island, N.Y.) recorded a single tally. Percodani handed out a game-high five assists in the game and also swiped a pair of steals.
Kozlowski finished the night with 17 points on 5-10 shooting and a game-high 15 rebounds. DaSilva chipped in with 14 points for the Eagles and posted a game-high four steals.
The loss ends the 2008-09 season for Mount Saint Vincent with a 16-12 record.