SMITHFIELD, R.I. (February 24, 2014)—Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) led the Pioneers with 16 points shooting 57.1% from beyond the arc as the Sacred Heart women's basketball team dropped Monday night's contest to Bryant University 70-66. The loss drops Sacred Heart to sixth place in the Northeast Conference with an 8-8 conference record.
Sacred Heart had nearly five players reach double-digit scoring. In addition to Kimmel, Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) posted 13 points, while Katie Shepard (Lone Tree, Colo.) and Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.) recorded 10. Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) was just one short with nine points.
Kimmel laid in the first points just 30 seconds into the game to spark a 7-2 Pioneer run giving SHU an early lead. Kimmel was on fire early knocking down three triples in the first five minutes of the game.
Sacred Heart continued to increase its lead throughout the first half thanks to sharp shooting. The Pioneers closed the first half shooting an even 50% from the floor leading the Bulldogs 43-30.
Katie Shepard (Lone Tree, Colo.), who tallied 10 points, opened second-half scoring, landing a triple from the left wing. But moments later, two foul shots from Jenniqua Bailey started a 14-2 Bulldog run that brought Bryant with one point of catch SHU, 51-50.
Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.) and Shepard snapped the streak with back-to-back layups to fend off Bryant.
With just over six minutes left to play, Bryant's Naana Ankoma-Mensa capped off a six-point run and gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the night with a layup.
The teams exchanged baskets and the lead. With a jumper from Stephanie Cardamone, Bryant took its largest lead of the night, four points, 66-62. The Pioneers came back to tie the game at 66, but the Bulldogs finished strong with four straight points.
Sacred Heart returns home for its final home game of the regular season Saturday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. The Pioneers will be honoring their four graduating seniors, as well as a halftime presentation honoring former Pioneer Amanda Pape on her induction into the NEC Hall of Fame.