Mount Has Winning Streak Stopped at Oneonta

ONEONTA – The Mount Saint Mary College Women’s Basketball team saw its four-game winning streak halted on Saturday afternoon following a 60-49 road non-conference loss at Oneonta. Lauren Desrats was one of two players to score in double-figures, matching her season-high with 11 points.

Saturday’s loss drops Mount Saint Mary to 4-2 overall on the season while the Red Dragons improve to 2-4 on the young season. The meeting between the two sides was the first since 2005 with the Knights holding a 4-3 record over the past seven matchups.

First Quarter
Mount Saint Mary was outscored 21-9 in the opening 10 minutes and shot just 22.2-percent from the floor.

The Red Dragons scored the first nine points of the game and opened a 13-2 lead on an Amanda Zuntag bucket four minutes into the contest.

Following a Desrats basket that got the Mount on the board at the 7:24 mark, the Knights went without a basket until an Annie Keenan conversion with just four minutes left in the period.

Oneonta grew its lead to 19-4 with 2:29 left in the frame before a Charlotte Twohig triple and a Keenan bucket in the final 1:25 of the quarter brought the Knights back to within 12 after 10 minutes of play.

Oneonta converted at 50-percent in the quarter despite going just 1-for-7 from three-point range.

Second Quarter
Oneonta opened a 26-9 lead on a Molly Stephens triple early in the second period and held the Knights without a field goal over the opening 2:28 of the frame.

The Knights battled back to within 26-22 following a 13-0 run covering just over three minutes.

The Mount went 5-for-8 from the floor over the run with Desrats leading five different scorers with four points.

Oneonta answered right back with back-to-back buckets to get back out in front by eight points with 3:23 left before halftime.

Mount Saint Mary closed to within four points again on a Desrats layup to get to within 30-26 before the teams went the final 1:57 without scoring leading into the intermission.

Mount Saint Mary improved to 36.8-percent shooting in the second stanza, outscoring Oneonta 17-9.

Third Quarter
Mount Saint Mary came out of halftime and closed to within a single point, at 34-33, on a Katie Smith layup at the 6:35 mark of the quarter.

The Knights tied the score on two occasions in the period and would grab its first lead of the day on a Morina Bojka jumper with 33 seconds left in the stanza to give the Knights a 40-38 lead.

Oneonta answered right back with a Jenna Harclerode conversion with 14 ticks left to knot the score at 40-40 heading into the final period.

Both teams shot 33.3-percent from the floor in the third quarter and the Mount outscored the Red Dragons 14-10.

Fourth Quarter
Mount Saint Mary would not be able to pull even again after grabbing the lead late in the third period.

Oneonta scored the first five points of the final frame and grabbed a 50-43 advantage on a Zuntag basket with 7:21 left in regulation.

The Knights cut its deficit to 53-49 on a Bojka conversion with 2:24 left to play.

The Bojka basket would be the final points for the Mount in the game as the Red Dragons scored the final seven points to pull away for the final 11-point decision.

Mount Saint Mary went just 2-for-17 from the field in the fourth quarter, while Oneonta converted at 54.4-percent.

For The Knights
Bojka finished the contest 6-for-12 from the floor on her way to a team-high 16 points. She added nine rebounds and a team-high three assists.

Desrats rounded out the day 5-for-12 from the field as she scored 11 points in a game for the second time this season. She totaled four rebounds and led the Mount with a trio of steals.

Keenan hauled in a team-high 11 rebounds, chipping in eight points, two assists and two steals.

For The Red Dragons
Olivia Dobrovosky rounded out the day 9-for-12 from the floor on her way to a game-high 20 points. She closed out a double-double with 11 rebounds, adding four assists and a steal.

Harclerode led all players with 13 rebounds, chipping in four assists and nine points.
Stephens and Zuntag each scored eight points with Stephens totaling six rebounds and three assists.

Mount Saint Mary returns to Skyline Conference play on December 2 when it travels to Yeshiva.

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