Women’s Basketball Falls To New Hampshire 81-69

Women’s Basketball Falls To New Hampshire 81-69

FAIRFIELD, CONN. (February 18, 2015)— The Sacred Heart women's basketball team lost its second straight game to open the 2015-16 season Wednesday night, falling 81-69 to the New Hampshire Wildcats at the Pitt Center.

Sacred Heart (0-2) trailed New Hampshire 34-32 at halftime, but was outscored 24-17 in the third quarter. Hannah Kimmel led the Pioneers in scoring with 20 points and also had a team-high seven rebounds. Kelcey Castro scored a career-high 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field, including three three-pointers. Adaysha Williams was 5-for-7 from the field for 14 points.

New Hampshire (3-0) shot 50.9% from the field as the Pioneers shot 40%. The Wildcats also outrebounded Sacred Heart 41-28 and held a 48-24 advantage in points in the paint. Elizabeth Belanger led all players with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Corinne Coia added 21 points and eight boards.

The Pioneers take on crosstown rival Fairfield on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena. 

Noteworthy:

Kelcey Castro led the first half with 13 points, going 5-for-6 from the floor. 

Inside the Box Score:

The Pioneers were outscored in every quarter

UNH had 16 second-chance points on 12 offensive rebounds, as SHU had just eight on 10 offensive boards

Freshman impact:

Erin Storck had five points and five rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.

Danielle Durjan saw her first collegiate minutes, making a three-pointer in the fourth quarter 

Turning Point

- New Hampshire went on a 12-3 run in the third quarter to take a 56-44 lead

First Quarter:

- Sacred Heart went on a 7-0 run over a span of 1:20, capped off by a Castro three and a Kimmel layup to take an 11-5 lead at the 6:04 mark

-The Pioneers looked to be heading into the second quarter with the lead as Kimmel laid one in with a minute left to play giving SHU an 18-15 lead, but Carlie Pogue and Stephanie Spoto tacked on four points for UNH in the final 40 seconds for a 19-18 lead at the end of the period

- Castro and Kimmel combined for 16 of the Pioneers' 18 points in the first quarter 

Second Quarter:

-Down 25-20 with 7:12 to play, a pair of made free throws from Alissa Tarsi sparked a seven-point SHU run to give the Pioneers back the lead at 27-25 with 5:13 to go

-An Ashley Storey jumper started a 6-0 Wildcat run that put New Hampshire ahead 31-27 with 1:40 to go until halftime

Third Quarter:

-After Alissa Tarsi made the first basket of the half to tie the game, the Wildcats went on an eight-point tear capped off by a Pogue three-point play to take a 42-34 lead with 7:53 to go in the third

- UNH went on a 12-3 run over four minutes for a 56-44 lead. SHU was 1-for-6 from the field for that stretch and missed four free throws.

- Sacred Heart shot 37.5% from the field (6-16) in the third, but just 1-for-6 from the foul line

- The Wildcats had 16 points in the paint in the quarter

Fourth Quarter:

- Sacred Heart closed within seven early in the fourth, as a Williams jumper put the score at 60-53 with 8:23 to go

- An Aliza Simpson three-pointer started an 8-0 Wildcat run to put New Hampshire ahead 68-53 with 6:44 remaining

- The Pioneers only got as close as nine points the rest of the way.