BRIDGEPORT, CONN. (November 21, 2015)—Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) and Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) cleaned up the boards for SHU pulling down 10 rebounds each, a career-best for the senior, in the Sacred Heart women's basketball team's 61-50 loss to Fairfield University in the 2015 Crosstown Classic at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. Tarsi recorded the first double-double of her career leading the Pioneers and tying for a game high 17 points.
SHU started the game red hot dominating the first quarter 18-11. The Pioneers jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes before the Stags got on the board with Kristin Schatzlein's triple and Kelsey Carey's layin, and there is where they stayed for the next five minutes as the Pioneers rendered them scoreless while putting 11 points on the board.
If the first quarter belonged to the Pioneers, the third belonged to the Stags. Fairfield opened the period on a 6-0 streak, ultimately outscoring SHU 21-11, for its first lead of the game. While Kristine Miller tallied six points on her own, the Stags held Sacred Heart to just two points before the 3:44 media timeout for a 37-26 lead.
The Pioneers head to Puerto Rico next week for the San Juan Shootout where they'll face Coastal Carolina Friday, November 27, and Louisiana-Lafayette November 28 in Guaynabo.
- Kimmel dominated the boards in the first half collecting nine rebounds, the most for the RS-junior in a half since she snagged 10 in the first half at home against Wagner last season, en route to her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds
- Tarsi posted the first double-double of her career with a career-best 10 rebounds, and falling just one point shy of tying her personal best with 17 points
- For the third straight game, three Pioneers reached double-digit scoring. Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) scored 15 for SHU in addition to Tarsi and Kimmel's numbers
- Briana Hardee (Waldorf, Md.) saw her first collegiate action taking the court for three minutes
- After several missed shots on both ends of the court, Tarsi laid in the first basket of the game a minute and a half in
- Williams robbed the Stags of the ball before the midcourt line, feeding Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) on the left wing, who saw Kimmel under the basket. Kimmel laid it in before intercepting Fairfield's inbound pass and banking another one in for a 7-0 lead
- The Stags put their first points on the board combining a Schatzlein triple and Carey layup for five, but the Pioneers held them there for over five minutes as they went on to put 11 points on the board
- Fairfield came alive in the final minute of the period with six points to leave SHU with an 18-11 lead going into the second quarter
- Fairfield opened the second quarter with five points, bringing the Stags within two points, 18-16, before Tarsi opened scoring for SHU, who was held to just six points throughout the period
- Outscoring the Pioneers 11-5 in the quarter, the Stags minimized Sacred Heart's lead once again to two points, 24-22, heading into the halftime break
- The Stags took their first lead of the game thanks to a 6-0 streak to start the quarter forcing SHU Head Coach Jessica Mannetti to call a timeout just two minutes in
- The onslaught only continued from there as SHU was held to just one basket in the first six minutes
- Tarsi and Williams combined for all 11 of SHU's third quarter points with the senior being responsible for the first seven
- Fairfield's hot shooting continued into the third quarter as the Stags put up eight points in the first three minutes to SHU's three
- Down 51-37, a pair of made free throws from Castro sparked a 9-2 Pioneer run narrowing the deficit to six points, 53-47