Kimmel, Tarsi Lead SHU to Third Straight Win 73-62 Over Wagner

Kimmel, Tarsi Lead SHU to Third Straight Win 73-62 Over Wagner

FAIRFIELD, CONN. (January 11, 2016)—Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) and Alissa Tarsi's (Clinton, N.J.) double-doubles led the Sacred Heart women's basketball team to Monday night's 73-62 victory over Wagner. With their third straight win, the Pioneers improve to 5-10 overall and 3-1 in Northeast Conference play. 

SHU hits the road this weekend, traveling to St. Francis Brooklyn for a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday and a 7:00 p.m. Monday night tip at Central Connecticut State.

Noteworthy:

  • Twenty-four points makes Kimmel one point shy of 1,000 career points. Along with 10 rebounds, the RS-junior recorded her sixth double-double of the season
  • Tarsi grabbed a personal best 15 rebounds en route to her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points
  • This is the first time the Pioneers have won three straight this season
  • In all four of their wins, four Pioneers have tallied double-digit points. In addition to Kimmel and Tarsi, Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) totaled 14 and Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) scored 13
  • Wagner's Jasmine Nwagei led all players with 39 points
 

Turning Point:
After both teams struggled to get their offenses going at the start of the game, Williams went two-for-two from the line igniting a 12-point Pioneer run over a three-minute span in the first quarter for a 14-2 lead with 3:56 remaining in the first quarter.

 

First Quarter:

  • Both teams used a layup to get on the board, but the score remained tied at two through the first three minutes of the game before Williams put up four straight points giving SHU the advantage halfway through the first quarter
  • The junior sparked a 12-point Pioneer run that featured six points from Kimmel, for a 14-2 SHU lead with 3:34 remaining in the period
  • Wagner's Nwagei snapped the Seahawks' over five minute scoring drought landing a jumper from right inside the key, but Kimmel quickly countered driving the lane for the layup
  • SHU kept Wagner to single digits in the first quarter outscoring the Seahawks 22-9. Kimmel owned half of the Pioneers' first-half points with 11.
 

Second Quarter:

  • After a Tanasia Russell layup opened second-quarter scoring, the Pioneers put up back-to-back shots maintaining their comfortable lead
  • Nwagei scored five straight points, two from the free throw line and three from downtown, bringing the Pioneers' lead to 11, 27-16
  • With 2:56 left in the first half, Nwagei, who accounted for 16 of Wagner's 22 second-quarter points, drained a three bringing SHU's lead to single digits, 33-24, but Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) brought it back to 11 finding the basket for a layup
  • With SHU up 37-26, the Seahawks tallied five straight points bringing the margin down to six, but Williams netted a buzzer-beating jump shot to send the Pioneers into halftime leading 39-31
 

Third Quarter:

  • SHU and Wagner exchanged points throughout the first five minutes of the period with neither team making consecutive baskets until Kimmel and Castro landed back-to-back triples for a 52-38 lead at the 4:14 mark forcing Wagner to call a timeout
  • The teams traded baskets with Castro draining the final shot of the quarter to send Sacred Heart into the final stanza up 59-46
 

Fourth Quarter:

  • Each team tallied two points before a Nwagei jumper sparked a seven-point Wagner run bringing the Pioneers' advantage to six points, 61-55, with 5:51 left to play forcing Sacred Heart Head Coach Jessica Mannetti to call a timeout in hopes of halting the Seahawk offense
  • Coming out of the short break, Kimmel and Tarsi combined for three points fending off Wagner and bringing SHU's lead back to nine points
  • The Seahawks answered with a three from Lyndsay Rowe before Sacred Heart scored nine-straight points, seven of which were from the charity stripe, to hold on for the win