SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University women's basketball team hosts Mount St. Mary's on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tip.
Opponent: Mount St. Mary's
Location: Chace Athletic Center
Date and Time: Saturday, February 23 – 1 p.m.
Tickets: Bryant vs. Mount St. Mary's
TV: NEC Front Row
Live Stats: Sidearm Stats
Game Notes: Bryant
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Bryant will be welcoming back alumni from the women's basketball program for Saturday's game.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
During Bryant's Annual National Girls and Women's in Sports Day Youth Clinic, a handful of young girls were chosen in a raffle to assist in working Saturday's game.
Mount St. Mary's takes a trip to Smithfield on Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m.
SCOUTING THE MOUNT
Mount St. Mary's posts a 12-12 overall record with a 6-7 record in conference play putting them one game ahead of the Bulldogs in the conference standings. The Mountaineers are on a two-game winning streak taking down the undefeated Robert Morris followed by a win over Wagner.
Julliette Lawless leads the team with 16.9 points per game. The last time Bryant met with Mount St. Mary's, Michaela Harrison led her team with 15 points off the bench. Harrison is the second-leading scorer with 13.2 points per game.
Saturday will mark the 20th time that the two times have ever met and the second time this season. Bryant leads the all-time series record, 11-9, taking down the Mount earlier this season, 73-68, in Emmitsburg.
LAST TIME OUT: BRYANT 68, FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 48
The Bulldogs defeated Fairleigh Dickinson on Monday, 68-48, to end a five-game losing streak.
Sophomore Hannah Scanlan (Rumson, N.J.) led Bryant with a season-best 18 points shooting eight-of-14 from the field. Scanlan also pulled down seven rebounds and dished out three assists.
Junior Masey Zegarowski (Hamilton, Mass.) added 15 points shooting four-of-six from the field.
Zegarowski has been a major contributor for the Bulldogs during their conference schedule posting double-figure scoring performances in 8-of-13 NEC games. In Bryant's conference opener against LIU Brooklyn, Zegarowski posted a season-high 16 points. The Massachussetts native posted her best three-point shooting performance shooting 4-of-5 from beyond the arc at Robert Morris tallying 12 points. Most recently, the junior guard posted 15 points for the second time this season against FDU. Zegarowski averages 9.4 points per game this season against NEC opponents.
Redshirt senior Naomi Ashley (Hamilton, Ont.) leads Bryant with 48 steals. This year she posted a season-high of seven steals against Brown (1/1). Most recently, Ashley swiped five at Central Connecticut marking the most steals she has compiled against an NEC foe in 2019. Ashley is fifth in the NEC with 1.96 steals per game.
WATCH ME WHIP, WATCH ME NAY NAY
Despite only averaging 6.8 points per game in the conference schedule, Ashley has proven that she is more than just a defensive player. Ashley has recorded double-figure scoring for four games in row for the Bulldogs. It started at Central Connecticut when Ashley scored a season-high of 15 points. She followed up the performance with back-to-back 12-point games against Robert Morris and Saint Francis U. Ashley then led the Bulldogs with 14 points against Sacred Heart. On the boards, the fifth-year player led with 10 rebounds against FDU and was just two points shy of her second double-double of the year.
PUT ME IN COACH
Junior transfer Meagan Bianchi (Brooklyn, Conn.) made her first career appearance as a Bulldog against Sacred Heart. Bianchi immediately notched four points in just 10 minutes of play. The UConn Avery Point transfer dished out two assists and pulled down one rebound. Coach Burke was impressed with her play and made Bianchi a starter in the very next game against Fairleigh Dickinson where the transfer junior made her first career start for the Black and Gold.
Senior Kierra Palmer (Aberdeen, Md.) notched a perfect 4-4 from three at Robert Morris. Against Mount St. Mary's, Palmer shot 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. In NEC play, Palmer has a three-point shooting percentage of .351. Zegarowski has also proven to be a sharp shooter during the conference schedule as she shot 4-of-5 at Robert Morris. She posts a .375 three-point shooting percentage against NEC foes.
Bryant is second in the NEC with 41 rebounds per game and first in the conference with 14.1 offensive rebounds per game. Holloway leads the Bulldogs and the conference with 270 rebounds ranking her 19th in the country. The junior forward also leads the conference with most offensive rebounds a game with five as she ranks sixth in the country in that category.
The Bulldogs hit the road for Staten Island to meet with Wagner for the first time this season on Monday, February 25 at 7 p.m.