MOON TOWNSHIP, PA (January 2, 2016)—Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) had the hot hand in Saturday's conference-opener. The RS-junior shot .857 (6-7) from downtown, and .750 (8-12) from the floor, for a season-high tying 22 points in the Sacred Heart women's basketball team's 78-63 loss to Robert Morris in the Sewall Center. The loss drops the Pioneers to 2-10 and 0-1 in Northeast Conference play, while the Colonials improve to 7-5, 1-0 NEC.
After Robert Morris took its largest lead of the game, 74-46 on a triple from Anna Niki Stamolamprou, Kimmel landed her sixth trey of the game with 7:46 remaining in regulation for the Pioneers' first points of the fourth quarter. With it the Harpursville, N.Y. native brought a spark to the SHU offense, who won the final period 20-11.
Kimmel's three was the first of seven unanswered Pioneer points as Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) and Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) each added two. RMU came back with a layup from Mikalah Mulrain just inside the five-minute mark, but Tarsi cut off any kind of Colonial streak landing a jumper in the paint. The senior's shot was followed by a layups from her classmate Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.) and rookie Cleo Polyzou (Athens, Greece). Ettienne capped the 8-0 streak with a jumper making it 76-61 with 2:14 left.
Jocelynne Jones tacked on two with RMU's final field goal before Danielle Durjan (Montgomery Village, Md.) and Cleo Polyzou (Athens, Greece) added one point each from the charity stripe, both going 1-for-2, before the final buzzer cut SHU's comeback short.
SHU continues its western Pennsylvania road trip Monday night against Saint Francis U at 7:30 p.m.
- Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) and Erin Storck (Commack, N.Y.) dished out career-bests with four assists each
- Kimmel tied a season high with eight field goals and 22 points, and tied a career-best six three-point field goals
- Kimmel and Tarsi accounted for 13 of SHU's 14 first-half points
Inside the Box Score:
- Kimmel was perfect from the floor in the first quarter going 4-for-4 overall and 3-for-3 from downtown
- Kimmel and Robert Morris' Stamolamprou tied to lead the game with 22 points each
- The Colonials made a difference at the glass, outrebounding SHU 40-19, a season low for the Pioneers
The Turning Point:
With the score even at 23 and just over seven minutes remaining in the second quarter, Megan Smith landed two shots from the charity stripe after a foul was called on Castro. Smith continued to expand the Colonials' lead to 30-23 before the four-minute mark owning her own seven-point streak. Coming out of the 4:17 media timeout, Shakema Dashiell and Stamolamprou added three each to RMU's run for a 36-23 lead, the Colonials' largest of the first half
- Down 2-0 after Mikalah Mulrain scored on the Colonials' first possession, Hannah Kimmel drained her first triple of the period giving the Pioneers a one-point lead before Robert Morris netted two straight field goals reclaiming and expanding its lead to three points, 6-3
- RMU stretched its lead to seven points, 12-5, before SHU chipped away with a foul shot from Tarsi and another three from Kimmel to decrease the deficit to just three points with 6:15 remaining in the quarter
- The Colonials continued to outshoot SHU two field goals to one for a 21-14 lead before Kimmel and Castro combined for four straight to end the period down four points, 21-17
- Castro opened second-quarter scoring bringing SHU within one point of catching the Colonials, 21-20, but Rebeca Navarro fended the Pioneers off with a second-chance layin
- With 8:29 on the clock, Kimmel drained a triple from the left wing evening the score at 23
- The score broke in RMU's favor as Smith added two points from the foul line, the first of seven straight for the sophomore for a 30-23 lead. Dashiell and Stamoloamprou added six for the Colonials coming out of the media timeout giving Robert Morris its largest lead of the half, 36-23
- Tarsi attempted to halt the streak, ending a nearly seven-minute Sacred Heart scoring drought, getting the and-one basket, but the Colonial offense continued to be red hot in the quarter as Stamolamprou tacked on another three surpassing the 1,000 career-point milestone
- Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) brought the Pioneers' first-half total to 29 landing a three just inside one minute before Dashiell got the buzzer-beating and-one giving RMU a 42-29 lead going into the halftime break
- The teams exchanged field goals to open the second half, but Ashley Ravelli spurred an eight-point RMU run, of which she owned five, giving the Colonials a 22-point lead
- A pair of free throws from Ettienne sparked an 8-2 streak cutting into Robert Morris' lead, 55-39
- Stamolamprou and Ravelli combined for 10 points to SHU's two, two made foul shots from Storck, before the buzzer for a 67-43 Colonial lead at the end of the third quarter
- Less than 10 seconds into the final period, Kimmel drained her fifth trey of the game, but the Colonials answered with seven consecutive points before Kimmel's sixth basket from downtown
- Down 76-53 with just over four minutes remaining in regulation, Tarsi ignited the SHU offense down the stretch. The senior's in-the-paint jumper was the first two of a seven-point Sacred Heart run cutting RMU's lead to 15 points, 76-61 with 2:14 remaining
- After Jones scored the Colonials' last field goal of the game, Durjan and Polyzou added two final points for the Pioneers both going 1-for-2 from the foul line