FAIRFIELD, CONN. (January 25, 2014)—After being honored before the game for reaching 1,000 career points earlier in the season, junior Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) led the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to victory with 21 points. The Pioneers picked up their fifth Northeast Conference win of the season defeating Wagner College 63-46 in the William H. Pitt Center Saturday afternoon.
Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) recorded her second double-double of the season tallying 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) flirted with one. The freshman guard posted a career-high 17 points and tied her career-best with seven rebounds while shooting 58.3% from the field.
The Pioneers took the only lead they needed just three seconds into the game with senior Enjoli Bland (Queen Creek, Ariz.) landing the first basket. Wagner managed to tie the game twice early at two and four points each, but Sacred Heart always came away with the lead.
With SHU up by just one point, Washington, who had 14 points by halftime, landed a triple six minutes into the game, sparking a nine-point Pioneer run cementing Sacred Heart's control of the game.
A strong press defense fended off the Seahawks allowing Sacred Heart to go into halftime with a 10-point, 33-23, lead.
The Pioneers continued to improve their lead throughout the second half, taking their largest lead (21 points) on a Williams layup with 1:36 left to play.
Ugo Nwaigwe and Jasmine Nwajei led the Seahawks with 11 points each. Nwaigwe snagged a double-double by also pulling down a game-leading 14 rebounds.
Sacred Heart is back in action Monday night in the Pitt Center when they host Bryant University at 7:00 p.m.