Kimmel Makes History in SHU's 68-51 Win Over St. Francis Brooklyn

Kimmel Makes History in SHU's 68-51 Win Over St. Francis Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (January 16, 2016)—Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) etched her name in Sacred Heart women's basketball history becoming the 19th Pioneer to join the 1,000 career point club Saturday afternoon, as Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) led the Pioneers to a 68-51 defeat of St. Francis Brooklyn with a career-best 19 points. The win improves SHU to 6-10 on the season and 4-1 in Northeast Conference play, while the Terriers fall to 3-13 overall and 0-5 against league opponents.

After a back-and-forth first half, Castro brought the Pioneer offense to life, scoring SHU's first eight points of the third quarter igniting a 14-3 SHU run to boost the Sacred Heart to a 50-32 lead that the Terriers could never recover from. SHU went on to outscore SFBK 21-11 in the period as the Pioneers held the Terriers to just one field goal for three points through the first 7:19 of the quarter.

Monday night, the Pioneers travel to New Britain, Conn. to take on in-state rival Central Connecticut State University in the second game of the three-game road trip at 7:00 p.m.

 

Noteworthy:

  • Less than a month after she scored her 900th career point at Penn State, Kimmel became the 19th Pioneer in program history to reach the 1,000 career points milestone with the game's first field goal today at St. Francis Brooklyn. With 17 points Saturday afternoon, the RS-junior remains in 19th place on the Pioneers' all-time leading scorers list with 1,016 points, and needs 15 more to pass Leslie Newhard (1998-2002) and more up one spot
  • Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) totaled a personal best 19 points
  • Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) dished out a season best six assists
 

Inside the Box:

  • St. Francis Brooklyn's Leah Fechko led all players, and was the only Terrier in double digits, with 24 points
  • SHU shot a season-best .528 from the floor. This is the first time this season the Pioneers have shot over 50%, just one day shy of a year since the last time (Jan. 17, 2015 against Saint Francis U)
  • The Pioneers beat the Terriers in every category except free throws. Both teams were in single-figures from the charity stripe as SFBK made nine to SHU's two. Sacred Heart didn't even approach the line until the third quarter
 

Turning Point:
After a back-and-forth first half, Castro brought the Pioneer offense to life, scoring SHU's first eight points of the third quarter igniting a 14-3 SHU run to boost the Sacred Heart to a 50-32 lead that the Terriers could never recover from. SHU went on to outscore SFBK 21-11 in the period as the Pioneers held the Terriers to just one field goal for three points through the first 7:19 of the quarter.

 

First Quarter:

  • Just 23 seconds into the game, Kimmel landed the game's first bucket putting the Pioneers on the board first and eclipsing the 1,000 career-point milestone
  • The teams exchanged baskets with ties always in SHU's favor
  • With Sacred Heart up 12-11 with 2:12 remaining in the period, Tori Wagner went to the free throw line for the Terriers. Landing both her shots, the rookie gave St. Francis its first lead of the afternoon, 13-12
  • It didn't last long as Castro landed a triple from straight-away taking back the lead for SHU. Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) added a pair of second-chance points extending the Pioneers' lead
  • With less than 30 seconds remaining in the period, Leah Fechko, who totaled 11 points in the quarter, landed a three minimizing SHU's lead to just one point, 17-16, at the end of the period
  • Williams was perfect from the floor in the first quarter, going 3-for-3 and 1-for-1 from downtown
 

Second Quarter:

  • The teams continued to trade points throughout the second period with the Pioneers using back-to-back baskets from Tarsi and Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) to slightly expand their lead to 29-26 before the 3:55 media timeout
  • Castro and Lerae Ettienne (Kensington, Md.) teamed up for four straight points coming out of the timeout, giving SHU its largest lead of the half, 33-26, with 42 seconds on the clock
  • With the final 10 seconds ticking down, Fechko knocked down a three, but Castro came up big with the half's final shot draining a deep triple at the buzzer boosting Sacred Heart to a 36-29 lead at halftime
  • In addition to Williams, Tarsi was also perfect from the floor in the first half going 3-for-3 for six points
 

Third Quarter:

  • Castro came out strong in the second half, scoring the Pioneers' first eight points of the quarter, surpassing her previous career high of 18 points with her second three of the half. Her first two baskets came off of the strong SHU defense forcing SFBK to turn the ball over
  • The Terriers scored just three points to Castro's eight forcing St. Francis Brooklyn Head Coach John Thurston to call a timeout
  • Neither team could score coming out of the short break until Williams found the basket on a fast break ending the two-and-a-half minute scoring drought, and continuing SHU's run. Kimmel and Tarsi each tacked on a layup totaling Sacred Heart's offensive streak at nine-points for a 50-32 lead at the 3:15 mark
  • Before Maria Palarino drove the lane for a lay-in with 2:50 remaining in the period, the Pioneers held SFBK to just the one field goal in the quarter
  • The teams traded points through the rest of the quarter, sending Sacred Heart into the game's final chapter with a 57-40 lead
 

Fourth Quarter:

  • The Terriers opened the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run, but with 7:04 remaining in regulation, Tarsi halted the SFBK offense and sparked an eight-point Pioneer run, which expanded SHU's lead to 68-46, knocking down both her shots from the foul line. In the meantime, Sacred Heart held SFBK scoreless for nearly the next six minutes
  • Rachel Iozzia ended the Terriers' six-minute scoring gap landing a three from the top of the key making it 68-49 in SHU's favor. Kat Phipps added two more points for St. Francis in the final minutes, but the Terriers didn't have time to catch the Pioneers