GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO (November 28, 2015)—The Sacred Heart women's basketball team fell to Louisiana Lafayette 60-58 in an overtime battle Saturday afternoon in the team's final game of the San Juan Shootout in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) and Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) led the game with 18 points each; both recording her second double-double of the tournament and shooting 50.5% from the floor as the Pioneers fall to 1-4 this season.
In a game that was close from the start seeing the score tie and change sides 14 times, Louisiana staged a fourth-quarter comeback after the Pioneers led held a 38-32 lead at the end of the third. The Ragin' Cajans outscored SHU 15-9 overall in the period and held a 47-44 lead going into the final minute. As the clock ticked away, Kimmel tied the game at 47 draining a three from the corner to send the game into overtime.
The teams continued to push each other in over where the score leveled twice. SHU used a jumper in the paint from rookie Erin Stork (Commack, N.Y.) and a lay-up from Tari to take its final lead of the game, 57-56, with 1:25 left to play. Louisiana's defense held the Pioneers there nearly to the final buzzer as the Ragin' Cajans went on to score four points, the difference-maker in the game. Senior Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.) tacked on one more point for Sacred Heart from the free throw line with less than a second left, but it wasn't enough to challenge Louisiana's lead.
After returning to the mainland Monday, Sacred Heart travels to St. John's Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. game.
- Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) came into today's game needing just one point to reach the 200 career-points milestone. The junior reached it and then some scoring ten points
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- Tarsi recorded her second double-double in as many days with 18 points and 10 rebounds, tying career-highs in both categories
- Kimmel has now posted a double-double in four out of the season's five games with 18 points and 11 rebounds
- With lots of back-and-forth between the two teams, the score tied 14 times and changed hands 14 times
- The Pioneers outscored Louisiana 25-16 in the second and third quarters combined, holding the Ragin' Cajans to single digits in both periods
- Sacred Heart outshot Louisiana in every period of the game and 38.3% (18-47) to 28.0% (23-82) overall, but got in its own way committing 28 turnovers to UL-Lafayette's seven
- The game was close right from the start with the score tying four times in the first quarter, and the lead changing hands on three occasions
- SHU took its first lead of the game on a triple from Hickey, 5-4, less than 90 seconds into the game
- Four straight points from Kimmel put the Pioneers up by three, before the Ragin' Cajans' 9-3 spree gave them a 16-13 lead at the end of the period
- A lay-in for SHU rookie Erin Storck (Commack, N.Y.) opened scoring in the second period. Kimmel tacked on two more points from the foul line for a four-point Pioneer run that reclaimed the lead for Sacred Heart, 17-16, with 8:19 remaining
- Louisiana fired back with five points to SHU's one over the next three minutes to regain the lead, but with 3:12 left in the half, Tarsi drove the lane bringing Sacred Heart within one point and being sent to the line with the and-one call. The senior made her shot to even the score at 21
- The score stayed tied through a nearly two-minute scoring drought before Kia Wilridge tipped the scales in the Ragin' Cajans' favor with a lay-up
- With 1:13 to go, the Pioneers again knotted the score from the charity stripe. This time it was Hickey who landed both her shots to make it 23-23
- Getting the final possession thanks to Kimmel pulling down her sixth defensive rebound of the half, Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) drove to the basket with time winding down. Just as the clock hit 1.0 seconds, the junior, who led yesterday's game with 21 points, banked in a layup sending the Pioneers into halftime with a 25-23 lead
- The Pioneers dominated the third quarter holding Louisiana to just three points in the latter eight minutes of the period
- While the Ragin' Cajan offense was shut down, a layup from Tarsi evened the score at 29 and ignited an 11-point hot streak for SHU, who outscored Louisiana 13-9 in the quarter
- The Ragin' Cajans made it just a two-point game, opening the fourth quarter with a 6-2 streak that forced SHU Head Coach Jessica Mannetti to call a timeout at the 8:33 mark
- The break didn't stop Louisiana who continued to score evening the score and taking a 44-40 lead as Keke Veal scored six straight points
- Kimmel halted on streak charging through three defenders to make a layup and knock down the extra basket after getting the foul call to bring SHU within one point, 44-43, with 4:20 left in the game
- Louisiana expanded its lead to 47-44 before Kimmel drained a trey from the left corner to level the score with just 56 seconds left to play
- Getting the ball off a SHU turnover, the Ragin' Cajans had time for just one shot. Veal took a jumper it the paint but it bounced off the rim and into the hands of Hickey sending the game into overtime
- The Pioneers took the first lead of the extra time with a lay-in from Tarsi, but the Ragin' Cajans answered with five points for a 52-49 lead
- Kimmel, Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) and Tarsi combined for four points all on free throws for a 53-52 lead, but once again Louisiana took the lead thanks to a pair of foul shots from Jordan Alexander and a jumper in the paint from Brooklyn Arceneaux, 56-53
- A jumper from Storck brought SHU within one, 56-55, with just over two minutes to play, and a bank-in from Tarsi moments later gave the Pioneers their final lead of the game, 57-56
- In the final minute of the game, Arceneaux and Alexander combined for four straight points that SHU could not recover from