FAIRFIELD, CONN. (December 12, 2015)—Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) led the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to a 69-60 win over Binghamton Saturday afternoon in the William H. Pitt Center. The RS-junior recorded her fifth double-double of the season leading SHU with 22 points and 11 rebounds while shooting .533 (8-15) from the floor as the Pioneers improve to 2-7 this season.
After going into halftime tied at 31, the Pioneers' 19-point efforts in the third and fourth quarters clinched the win. SHU took its largest lead of 10 points with 7:39 remaining in the third quarter after opening the period with 10 straight points. But Binghamton worked its way back ultimately reclaiming a lead, 53-52 with 8:35 remaining in the game on a Kim Albrecht three.
With the score tied at 55, Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) ignited a 10-2 SHU run, feature four points from both Kimmel and Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.), expanding the Pioneers' lead to nine-points, 65-56, with just over two minutes to play.
After a week off, the Pioneers make the long trip to Penn State Sunday, December 20 to face the Nittany Lions at noon.
Inside the Box Score:
- Binghamton's Imani Watkins led all players with 24 points
- Kimmel recorded her fifth double-double of the season with a team-best 22 points and a game-leading 12 rebounds
- Tarsi tallied 14 points, her sixth double-digit performance of the season
- Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) dished out a season-high five assists
- Tarsi opened scoring with four straight points in the game's first minute. The senior began the game with two from the charity stripe before grabbing an o-board for the put-back moments later
- SHU held Binghamton scoreless for the first two and a half minutes before Alyssa James banked in a shot, but Kimmel drained a three just moments later in response
- The Bearcats tied the score at 13 as James got the and-one, but Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.) tipped the scales back in favor of the Pioneers with a lay-in with 2:37 remaining in the period
- Binghamton took its first lead, 17-15, as Watkins put two second-change points on the board for the Bearcats. Ettienne evened the score with a pair from the foul line, before Kim Albrecht gave Binghamton a 19-17 lead with 31 seconds left that they carried to the end of the period
- The Bearcats maintained their small lead throughout most of the quarter, but with just over two minutes left in the half, rookie Erin Storck (Commack, N.Y.) came up big with a triple to bring the Pioneers back tying the score at 29. Watkins gave Binghamton back the lead on the next possession though, landing a jumper
- Kimmel added the final points of her 11-point first-half total tying the game at 31 with a three. She tried to send the Pioneers into halftime with a lead, launching a shot from five feet behind the arc as the shot clock wound down, but it ricocheted off the rim
- Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) gave the Pioneers their first lead since the first quarter on the first possession of the second half hitting a three at the end of the shot clock
- The senior's was the first of eight straight SHU points as Tarsi and Kimmel combined for five expanding Sacred Heart's lead to 39-31 and forcing Binghamton Head Coach Linda Cimino to call a timeout just 97 seconds into the period
- Tarsi added two more for the Pioneers before Binghamton's first field goal of the half, a three-pointer from Watkins with 6:58 on the clock
- Just inside the five-minute mark, Albrecht kick-started a 10-3 streak for the Bearcats that culminated with McKayla Hernandez's triple to knot the score at 44
- Binghamton took their first lead of the half, 46-45, with 1:21 on the clock thanks to two foul shots from Watkins, but once again Storck made the big shot to put SHU up 48-46 with less than a minute in the period
- With 7:12 left in the game, Watkins landed both her shots from the charity stripe tying the game at 55 before Hickey sparked a six-point streak for the Pioneers for a 61-55 lead before the 4:40 media timeout
- Tarsi and Kimmel tacked on four more points for SHU completing four and a half minute run
- The Bearcats tacked on five more points in the final four minutes, but it wasn't enough as Williams capped scoring for the Pioneers with a layup with one minute to go for the 69-60 win