opening tip... Wednesday's game between Mount St. Mary's and Duquesne marks the fourth meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1983-84 season. The Mount leads the series 2-1 after taking the first two games in the series (81-54, 1-26-84 and 68-65, 12-4-96), but the Dukes won the last matchup 72-63 on Nov. 21, 1997.
opening game success... Mount St. Mary's improved to 20-15 in the inaugural game of the year and earned its first win in a season opener since defeating Radford on Nov. 20, 1999. The Mount has recorded a winning season 18 of the 19 times after winning the opening contest, including posting 12 of the squad's 17 20-win seasons.
home openers... The Mountaineers are 24-10 in its first home game of a campaign and in 21 of the 24 times an opening home win has resulted in a winning season.
last time out... Sophomore Leah Westbrooks posted a career-high 19 points along with nine rebounds to power Mount St. Mary's past Colgate 60-39 on Friday. Junior Hassanah Oliver tied a career-best with 16 points while senior Brianna Gauthier tallied 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals in the win. The Mount held the Raiders to 39 points, the lowest opponent output since allowing 37 points against Rider on Dec. 3, 1983.
about the dukes... Duquesne comes into the game 2-0 after defeating Cornell 93-49 on Sunday. Junior G Rachel Frederick paced the Dukes in the win with 23 points. The junior, who added 11 points in an 83-57 win against Morehead State on Friday, leads the team with 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore F Samantha Pollino registered 22 points against Cornell after tallying nine points and 10 rebounds against Morehead State. The sophomore is averaging 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Senior G Kristi Little chipped in 14 points against the Big Red and led Duquesne with 18 points in the season-opening victory. Little ranks second on the team with 16.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Freshman F Alex Gensler is the fourth Dukes player averaging double-double with 10 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The freshman recorded 11 points in her collegiate debut and then recorded nine points on Sunday.
last meeting... Korie Hlede and Kelly Eberhardt combined for 44 points to lead Duquesne past Mount St. Mary's 72-63 on Nov. 21, 1997. Hlede paced the Dukes with 23 points and seven rebounds while Eberhardt added 21 points and LynneDee Howell chipped in 14 points. Kia Williams and Megan Gardiner fueled the Mount with 18 points apiece. Deanna Butters narrowly missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Tchemavia Hill also recorded 12 points in the loss. Duquesne jumped out to a 39-15 advantage going into halftime.
player to watch... Rachel Frederick | G | 5-11 | Jr.
PPG: 17.0; RPG: 6.0; A: 10; S: 5; FG%: 73.7
don't forget about... Kristi Little | G | 5-4 | Sr.
PPG: 16.0; RPG: 2.5; A: 11; S: 7; FG%: 36.4
next on tap... Mount St. Mary's continues its three-game homestand against Lafayette on Tuesday before Pennsylvania concludes the homestand on Nov. 29.
the big win... Mount St. Mary's earned its first 20-point victory with a 60-39 win against Colgate on Nov. 14 since defeating Wagner 69-45 on Feb. 19, 2005. The 39 points were the fewest allowed in a game in 25 years when the squad held Rider to 37 points in a 67-37 win on Dec. 3, 1983.
preseason poll... Mount St. Mary's was picked seventh in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. Robert Morris, the defending NEC Tournament champion, has been tabbed the preseason favorite after garnering four first-place votes while Quinnipiac, the defending NEC Regular Season champion, also received four first-place nods to finish second in the poll. Sacred Heart picked up the final three first-place votes to place third while Monmouth, Fairleigh Dickinson, Long Island, the Mount, Saint Francis (Pa.), St. Francis (N.Y.), Wagner and Central Connecticut State) rounded out the 11-team poll.
from the charity stripe... Mount St. Mary's converted 81.5 percent (22-for-27) of its free throws against Colgate on Nov. 14. Last season, the Mount posted only five games shooting above 80 percent from the foul line. Sophomore Leah Westbrooks made a career-best 11 of 12 from the line while junior Hassanah Oliver drilled a career-high 8 of 9 from the foul line against the Raiders.
35 years and counting... Mount St. Mary's is beginning its 35th season of women's basketball in 2008-09. The Mount has enjoyed success in its first 34 years, amassing over 600 victories and averaging 18 wins a season. Last year, the Mount defeated Fordham on Dec. 29 to join the exclusive 600-win club.
in the month... In November, the Mount is 46-43 all time, including 23-37 since turning Division I. The Mount is 14-9 at home, 7-20 on the road and 2-8 at a neutral site.
in the non-conference slate... Mount St. Mary's is 62-96 in non-conference games since joining the Northeast Conference in 1989-90.
non-conference home... Mount St. Mary's will play six non-conference games in Emmitsburg for the third-straight season. The Mount posted a 2-4 mark in 2006-07 and a 0-6 record last season in those games.
comforts of home... The Mountaineers will play seven of its nine games at home in January, including five-straight against Fairleigh Dickinson (Jan. 12), Sacred Heart (Jan. 17), Long Island (Jan. 19), Monmouth (Jan. 24) and Central Connecticut State (Jan. 26). It will mark the 10th time in program history the Mount will have five-straight home contests and for the second-straight campaign.
a tale of two seasons... In Bryan Whitten's first season as head coach at the Mount, Mount St. Mary's improved over the last 15 games. Whitten, who took over the team in September 2007, saw his team improve its scoring average by 14.8 points per game, its field goal percentage by 83 points and its free throw percentage by 79 points.
mary's not dunn, she's just getting started... Sophomore Mary Dunn, who earned All-Northeast Conference Rookie team honors last season, is the squad's top returning scorer with 8.3 points and a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game. However, in her last 13 games in 2007-08, the sophomore posted 10 double-figure performances and averaged 11.5 and 8.5 rebounds per game. Dunn also posted seven double-doubles, including 18 points and 13 rebounds in her final game against Quinnipiac on Mar. 8, 2008.
the lone senior... Senior captain Brianna Gauthier comes into her final season ranked fourth all-time in career 3-pointers made (105) and fourth in 3-pointers attempted (339). The senior needs 17 made 3-pointers to pass former teammate Dominique Mazzuchi (121, 2004-08) for third place on the all-time list and 13 3-pointers attempted to pass Shari Delaney (351, 1991-95) for third place. In addition, Gauthier is 239 points away from becoming the 24th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau and currently sits in 36th place, 20 points behind Jenny Brown (781, 1986-88). The senior also has 253 career assists, 51 helpers away from cracking the Top-10. Gauthier led the team with 87 assists last season.
wizard of hazz... Junior Hassanah Oliver averaged 7.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in her sophomore campaign. The junior had 10 double-figure performances, including a career-high 16 points against Sacred Heart on Jan. 19, 2008. Oliver also dished out five assists in a contest five times last season. The junior tied her personal best with 16 points in the season opener against Colgate on Nov. 14.
howlin' for howell... Sophomore Lauren Howell looks to continue her success from behind the arc in her second season. Howell tied the NCAA Division I record for 14-straight made 3-pointers in a four-game span. She drained 55 3-pointers to establish a freshman record and the third-most in program history. The sophomore needs 14 treys to crack the Top-10 in all-time career made 3-pointers list.
the irish success... Sophomore Leah Westbrooks served as team captain of her Irish National U-20 team at the European Championships over the summer. Last season, Westbrooks missed 11 games with a broken hand. The sophomore averaged 4.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Westbrooks started this season with a bang, notching her first career double-figure performance with a career-high 19 points along with nine rebounds against Colgate on Nov. 14.
a career day to write about... Sophomore Leah Westbrooks posted a career-high 19 points against Colgate while junior Hassanah Oliver tied her career best with 16 points against the Raiders.
in their debut... Freshmen Sandra Andresson, Katelyn Nowacki and Courtney Nyce each made their collegiate debut against Colgate on Nov. 14. Andresson made her debut in the starting lineup, posting one point off a free throw, three rebounds and three steals in 19 minutes. Nowacki played two minutes and grabbed a rebound and Nyce played 13 minutes and hauled in a rebound off the bench.
double your pleasure, double your fun... Sophomore Mary Dunn paced the team with seven double-doubles last season, including 18 points and 13 rebounds in her final game against Quinnipiac on Mar. 8, 2008. Senior Brianna Gauthier is the only other player on the Mount roster with a double-double after registering a double-double in each of her first two campaigns.
on the boards... Sophomore Mary Dunn paced the Mountaineers with nine double-digit rebound performances while fellow sophomore Leah Westbrooks posted three 10 rebound performances. Senior Brianna Gauthier has two double-figure performances on her resume.
road warriors... Mount St. Mary's posted more wins on the road in 2007-08 than at Knott Arena for the first time since the 1998-99 season. In 1998-99, the Mount had nine wins at home and 12 win on the road when the squad finished 21-6. The Mountaineers had five wins at Knott Arena and away from Emmitsburg in the 2002-03 season. In 2007-08, Mount St. Mary's was 2-12 at home and 6-7 on the road. In addition, the team was 7-6 on Saturdays and 1-14 on the other seven days of the week.
foreign flavor... Mount St. Mary's has two international players on the roster at the same time for the first time in program history. Sophomore Leah Westbrooks was the third international player at the Mount while freshman Sandra Andresson becomes the fourth international player in Emmitsburg. The duo follows Katie Walton (Canada, 2002-06) and Dita Krumberga (Latvia, 2004-07).
new to the mountain... Head coach Bryan Whitten has added four players to his team in 2008-09. Freshmen Sandra Andresson (Tallinn, Estonia/Audentes School), Katelyn Nowacki (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) and Courtney Nyce (Schwenksville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) were all part of Whitten's first recruiting class at the Mount. fellow freshmen Hannah Kuhn (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) made the team as a walk-on.
welcome home margaret... Mount St. Mary's alum Margaret Carey joined head coach Bryan Whitten's coaches staff in 2008-09. Carey played three seasons at the Mount on the women's basketball team, posting 156 points, 64 rebounds, 23 steals and 91 assists in her career. Carey returned to her alma mater after serving as head coach at Catholic University, a Division III school in Washington, D.C. Carey took over at Catholic for former Mount women's basketball player and assistant coach Maggie (Meagher) Longeran. In addition to Carey, LaKea Jones joins the coaching staff after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth in 2008. Jones played two season with the Rams when Whitten was an assistant coach.
from emmitsburg to beijing... Former Mount women's basketball standout Dita Krumberga was a member of the Latvian national team that played in the Beijing Summer Olympics. Krumberga played in three games, posting two points and three rebounds in 25 minutes of action. Krumberga became the first women's basketball Olympian at the Mount.
former coaches in new places... Former women's basketball head coach Vanessa Blair-Inge was named the head coach at Bethune-Cookman over the summer. Former women's basketball assistant coach Mark Zacher joined Blair-Inge in Daytona Beach, Fla., as her associate head coach.
tops in the league... Coming into the season, Mount St. Mary's had the second most Northeast Conference wins with 227, trailing Monmouth (231). However since the Mount joined the league, the squad has the most wins in that 19-season span.
nec tournament history... Mount St. Mary's will be looking to make its 20th-straight Northeast Conference Tournament appearance in 2008-09. The Mount made its 19th-consecutive NEC Tournament appearance last season as the No. 8 seed, the longest current streak in the league.The squad has posted a 17-16 mark in the conference postseason, including titles in 1992-93, 1993-94 and 1994-95. The Mount has not won a tournament game since a 50-45 decision against Sacred Heart on Mar. 4, 2001.
good things come in small packages... Mount St. Mary's, with an undergraduate enrollment of 1,500, is the fifth smallest member of NCAA Division I. Only Centenary, Saint Francis (Pa.), Virginia Military and Wofford are smaller. The institute opened its doors in 1808 when it welcomed its first male students. The college first admitted women in 1972.