Williams Leads SHU's Fourth-Quarter Comeback for First Win of the Season

Williams Leads SHU's Fourth-Quarter Comeback for First Win of the Season

GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO (November 27, 2015)—A 28-point fourth quarter propelled the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a come-from-behind 71-62 win over Coastal Carolina for the Pioneers' first victory of the season in game one for the San Juan Shootout. Adaysha Williams led the charge tallying 11 of her game-leading 21 points in the final period.  The junior was perfect from the charity stripe knocking down all 13 of her free throws, and shot .571 from the floor (4-7) as SHU improves to 1-3 on the season.

Going into the fourth quarter down 47-43, the Pioneers opened the period with five straight points from Williams and Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.). Back-and-forth action saw the lead change hands three times before Williams and Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) teamed up for 10 straight points giving SHU its largest lead thus far 60-53 with 3:49 left to play.

The Chanticleers crept back within two points 66-62, but a final lay-in from Kimmel and a beaut from the top of the key from Williams sealed the victory for the Pioneers

Saturday, SHU takes on Louisiana-Lafayette in their final game of the San Juan Shootout at 12:15 p.m. EST.


Inside the Box:

  • Kimmel recorded her third double-double of the season leading the game with 10 rebounds and posting 14 points
  • After struggling in their first few games at the line, the Pioneers shot .800 (20-25) from the charity stripe on Friday. Williams was a stud at the foul line landing all 13 of her shots
  • For the first time this season, four SHU players reached double-digit scoring. In addition to Williams and Kimmel, Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) had 16 and Hickey totaled 12
  • During their second-half comeback, the Pioneers shot .522 (12-23) from the floor and .500 (3-6) from beyond the arc
  • En route to her 16 points, Tarsi shot .778 landing seven of her nine shots



  • Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.) made her return to the court. Snapped a six-point Coastal run for her first points of the year, a lay-in with just under four minutes left in the first quarter. The senior totaled four points, one rebound and one steal in her final season debut
  • Kiana Ye (Williamstown, N.J.) made her first appearance in a Pioneer jersey in the first quarter after missing her first year with a knee injury

First Quarter:

  • Hickey landed the first basket of the game before Kelcey Castro (Fair Lawn, N.J.) found Kimmel in the paint for the lay-in giving SHU a 4-0 lead
  • The Chanticleers got on the board with a triple from Yasmin Miller just under the eight- minute mark
  • With a shot in the paint, CCU minimized SHU's lead to just one point, 6-5, but Kimmel laid one in with 6:30 on the clock to hold them back
  • The Chanticleers answered with a seven-point run for their first lead of the game. Ettienne snapped the streak with her first points of the season, but it wasn't enough to claim the quarter as SHU headed into the second quarter down 19-14

Second Quarter:

  • A Hickey steal fed Kimmel for the fast break lay-in in the paint to open second quarter scoring before Tarsi made a difficult jumper in the paint making it 19-18 before pulling down the rebound on a missed CCU shot giving SHU the chance to take a lead. The senior tied the score at 19 on her own making one for two from the FT line after getting fouled trying to bank in a shot from under the basket at just before the eight-minute mark
  • Alexis Robinson broke the tie in the Chanticleers' favor hitting a jumper, but as was the case in the next two quarters, the teams traded baskets fighting for a definitive advantage
  • Ultimately, after a nearly three-minute scoring drought on both sides, back-to-back shots from Coastal Carolina's Miller and Ced Gibson made the difference giving the Chanticleers' a 30-25 lead at the half

Third Quarter:

  • Williams landed both her free throws at the 7:43 mark sparking a seven-point Pioneer run, which featured a triple from Kimmel and a layup from Tykera Carter (Alexandria, Va.), to give Sacred Heart a brief lead, 38-36, with 5:36 left in the third quarter
  • Robinson made acrobatic layup to stopped SHU's run and even the game at 38 before Gibson reclaimed the lead for Coastal with a jumper just inside the three-point line prompting back-and-forth action for the remainder of the period
  • After a made free throw from Tarsi, Kimmel took the lead back for SHU with a jumper in the paint 41-40 with just under three minutes remaining in the quarter
  • The Pioneers took the lead three different times in the third quarter, but the Chanticleers' five straight points to close the period gave Coastal Carolina a 47-43 lead heading into the fourth

Fourth Quarter:

  • Sacred Heart began the fourth quarter with five straight points (two from Williams at the charity stripe and a trey from Kimmel) for a 48-47 lead
  • With just one point between then, the teams again exchanged baskets and the lead over the next two minutes
  • With 6:20 left to play, once again Williams got SHU going pulling down an o-board and putting it back. Getting the and-one call on the shot, the junior evened the score at 53 from the foul line
  • Williams and Hickey combined for 10 straight points over two minutes giving the Pioneers their largest lead of the game, 60-53, with 3:49 left on the clock
  • After Stephanie Isaacs banked in two points for the Chanticleers from under the basket, Kimmel and Williams improved SHU's lead back to nine points knocking down two shots each from the charity stripe
  • Stephanie Isaacs cut into SHU's lead, 64-58, with a three from atop the key before Coastal Carolina Head Coach Jaida Williams called a timeout to devise a plan, but, making up for where they have struggled in the first few games of the season, the Pioneers were impressive from the free throw line down the stretch to fend off the Chanticleers