Mount rolls in women's semi, 74-48

March 10, 1995|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

EMMITTSBURG — EMMITSBURG -- The Mount St. Mary's men had a hard time beating Rider in the Northeast Conference title game, but the Mount women made it look easy last night in their NEC tournament semifinal.

A 16-2 spurt late in the first half vaulted the Mountaineers ahead by 21 points and the two-time defending league champions then coasted to a 74-48 victory at Knott Arena.

Top-seeded Mount St. Mary's (23-5) will play host No. 2 St. Francis (Pa.) (19-9) for the league championship and NCAA berth tomorrow night. With a 66-64 win, St. Francis is the only NEC team to defeat the Mount this season.

"There's not much to say," said Rider coach Eldon Price. "Just too much Mount. It's an awfully good team that took advantage when we made mistakes."

It was the 17th straight win for the Mountaineers, who have not lost since Jan. 10 and not at home since Loyola beat them Dec. 11.

The second half was mostly a formality after the big first-half run by the Mount that included baskets by five different players capped by Gabby Hlinka's three-pointer.

Rider (16-12), which had won four in a row, committed six of its 14 first-half turnovers during the decisive period, and its only basket came when Colleen Demarest fell as she shot.

"Defense was the story," said Mount St. Mary's coach Bill Sheahan. "That's our accent for the playoffs and the effort was real good."

The deeper Mountaineers bench was another factor. Both Melissa Cuneo (Keough) and Amy Langville (Spalding) made major contributions as the Mount held Rider to 30 percent shooting.

"We're not a bad club," said Price. "But they take us completely out of our offense."

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