The Mount Saint Mary College-New York Women’s Basketball Team was ranked 2nd in the NCAA Division III Atlantic Region standings posted on February 28th.
The Knights finished the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 26-3. Mount Saint Mary faced Bowdoin College and fell 61-53.
The Knights’ Season
The Knights saw their season end when they faced Bowdoin College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. MSMC lost 61-53 and were down most of the game. Bowdoin jumped out to an early 8-2 lead but the Knights fought to come back. After a Knights layup, they grabbed the lead for the first and only time. Bowdoin went on another run and went into half time 32-19.
MSMC came out hot in the second half and used a 17-5 run to get within one point of Bowdoin. Bowdoin would go on a run of their own to gain a 7-point lead and would sink six free throws in the final 1:51 to seal the win. Bowdoin held a 34-29 edge in rebounding and held MSMC to 38% shooting for the game.
Despite the loss the Knights can still be proud that they won 26 games and were the Skyline Conference Tournament champs. Head Coach J. Randall Ognibene leads the Knights but relies on Jess Tice, Amanda Horvers, and Jen Mocanu for success.
About The Team
Head Coach J. Randall Ognibene is in his 31st season with MSMC and remains one of the most successful DIII basketball coaches of all time. He averages 21.5 wins per season and has recorded 15 20-win seasons and won 20 games in nine consecutive seasons. Ognibene has guided the Mount to five Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament appearances and one ECAC championship.
Senior Jess Tice and juniors Amanda Horvers and Jen Mocanu were all named to the Skyline Conference First Team. Tice is the only senior on the squad and averaged 11.8 points, 2 steals, and 6.7 rebounds per game. She led the team in blocks with 2.3 per game and became the all-time career leader for blocks at the Mount. Horvers hit 67 threes to lead the team and connected at a rate of 35.3%.
Horvers averaged 12.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. Mocanu was also named Skyline Tournament’s MVP after scoring 31 points. She averaged 13.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game.
About The School
Mount Saint Mary College is located in Emmitsburg, MD and is a Catholic university that is built on the four pillars of faith, discovery, leadership and community.
The Mount offers a rigorous educational experience rooted in liberal arts, that provide the 1,600 students with depth, substance, and success. The 13:1 student-faculty ratio insures an uncommon sense of community. A Mount education offers over 40 majors, minors, concentrations, and special programs. No matter what the reason for attending Mount Saint Mary College, it will change your life.