January 13, 2014

Women's Basketball Drops First Conference Bout of the Season to Wagner 79-70

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (January 13, 2014)—The Sacred Heart women's basketball team lost a tough battle to Wagner, 79-70, Monday night for its first Northeast Conference loss of the season. The Pioneers drop to 6-9 on the season, and 3-1 in conference, with the loss in the Spiro Sports Center.

Sacred Heart saw five players reach double-digit scoring for the first time since 2011-12 as Katie Shepard (Lone Tree, Colo.) led the team with 15 points, Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) and Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) posted 12 each, Johanna Lopez (Silver Spring, Md.) tallied a career-high 11, and Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) 10.

Both teams played tough defense to open the game limiting shots early on. As the Pioneers and Seahawks exchanged baskets, the lead changed hands four times in the first ten minutes.

With the score tied at 15, Jasmine Nwajei landed a jumper sparking a five-point Seahawk run lifting Wagner to the most significant lead of the first half.

The Pioneers worked their way back, and with a three-pointer from Washington tied the game at 24, but a made free throw put Wagner back on top. With just over five minutes left in the half, junior Katie Shepard landed a triple that gave boosting SHU to a 30-29 lead.

Sacred Heart held onto the lead heading towards the buzzer, but the Seahawks closed the first half on a six-point run taking a 39-37 lead. 

The second half started just like the prior with the teams trading baskets. In the third minute of the half, Washington and Shepard combined for three points to give SHU its first lead of the period. The lead went on the change sides seven more times before the end of the game as the teams battled until the final buzzer. 

Wagner's Nwajei led all players with 28 points as the Seahawks pushed through the Sacred Heart defense to shoot 56.1% from the floor.

The Pioneers wrap up the road trip Saturday at St. Francis Brooklyn as part of a women's/men's doubleheader against the Terriers.