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Wright, Aloysius place second in AMCC

Courtesy of Mount Aloysius Athletics

Cresson, PA – Coming off a thrilling double overtime victory on Saturday in the AMCC Semifinals, the Mount Aloysius women’s basketball team fell short by a final score of 76-52 against host Hilbert College in the AMCC Championship game on Sunday afternoon.

The Mounties jumped out to a 6-2 lead less than three minutes into the game capped by two Jessa Wright free throws, and led 10-8 after a Rachel Robinson layup with 4:22 to go in the opening quarter. The Hawks responded with a 8-2 run to take a 16-10 lead after the first quarter. Hilbert continued to push their advantage and led 27-17 with just over four minutes to play in the half. A three-point shot from Wright with 3:58 to go in the half cut the deficit to seven, but the Hawks responded to take a 34-22 advantage into halftime.

To start the second half, Abby Kulick drained a shot from behind the arc to make in a single-digit game at 34-25. However, Hilbert once again responded with a run that pushed the home side to a 52-34 lead with 2:41 on the third-quarter clock. To start the fourth quarter, Breana Kendrick hit a three-point shot and Katelyn Parisi hit 1-for-2 at the line to cut the deficit to 54-43 with over nine minutes remaining. The Hawks quickly pushed the lead back up and the Mounties weren’t able to get any closer down the stretch of the ballgame.

Kulick led the Mounties with 14 points, six rebounds and two steals. Wright finished in double figures with 10 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists, while Alexia Servello notched seven points and three steals.

The Mounties, who were appearing in their second ever AMCC Championship game, see their incredible season end with an overall record of 17-8. Mount Aloysius went 14-4 in the AMCC regular season to finish with the most conference wins in program history, and finished as the runner-up in both the regular season standings and in AMCC postseason play.

Mount Aloysius will say goodbye to an outstanding senior class of Kulick, Servello, Katie Bracken and Kara Cordell, along with Wright who will graduate this spring. The seniors led the Mounties to three consecutive conference playoff appearances in their final three seasons.

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