EMMITSBURG, Md. (January 11, 2014)—Sharp shooting led the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to their third straight Northeast Conference win Saturday evening. The Pioneers shot a season high 47.6% to beat Mount St. Mary's 84-78 in the Knott Area. Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) led the game with 28 points, as Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. With the win, SHU improves to 6-8 on the season and continue to be undefeated in NEC play.
The Mountaineers may have gotten the first five points of the game, but Sacred Heart answered with an 11-2 run sparked by Washington's back-to-back three's getting the and one on the second to put the Pioneers on top.
Sacred Heart held onto the lead all the way until halftime by stringing together several short runs to outscore Mount St. Mary's 36-26 in the first half. Nearly every Pioneer scored in the first half with Washington leading the way with 10 points, and Kimmel flirting with a double-double before the halftime whistle.
The Mount's Rachel Mathews opened the second half with consecutive buckets kick-starting the Mountaineer's 7-2 run, which shrunk the Pioneers' lead to just five points, 38-33.
Sacred Heart managed to fend off a surging Mountaineers offense with aggressive play and shot-clock beaters from junior Katie Shepard (Lone Tree, Colo.), who was second on the team with a career-high 18 points in the game.
With less than five minutes on the clock, Jacqueline Brewer landed a triple to make it a one-basket game, but Washington hit the open jumper seconds later extending SHU's lead.
The teams traded buckets as the clock wound down. With three minutes left, Kayla Grossett added two from the charity stripe bringing the Mountaineers within one point of catching Sacred Heart late in the game, 73-72. Shepard fended off the opposition with five consecutive points landing a jumper and three free throws.
Sacred Heart continues the three-game NEC road trip Monday night in Staten Island against the Wagner Seahawks at 7:00 p.m.