Pioneers Stage Second-Half Comeback for Double Overtime Win at CCSU

Pioneers Stage Second-Half Comeback for Double Overtime Win at CCSU

NEW BRITAIN, CONN. (January 18, 2016)—The Sacred Heart women's basketball team staged a fourth-quarter comeback leading to a double-overtime win over Central Connecticut State, 61-57, in the Detrick Gymnasium Monday night. Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) led the game with her seventh double-double of the year totaling 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds as the Pioneers improve to 7-10 overall and 5-1 in Northeast Conference play. The loss drops CCSU to 5-12 on the season and 2-4 in conference.

The Pioneers held CCSU scoreless for the final 5:46 of the fourth period while going on a 10-point hot streak.  Getting the ball back on a jump ball call, Kimmel found Shelby Hickey (Littleton, Colo.) on the inbound, taking a step towards the basket and banking in the shot, the junior evened the score at 48 with just 47 seconds left. The score held there until the final buzzer sending the game into overtime.

Kelcey Castro (Fairlawn, N.J.) accounted for all five of SHU's points in the first overtime period. Opening scoring with a triple before TeJahne Malone brought CCSU within one point going two-for-two from the foul line. The senior made it a three-point game knocking down both her foul shots. With the final seconds ticking away, Aleah Epps threw up a deep triple, sinking it to send the game into a second overtime period.

This time the Blue Devils struck first with a pair of foul shots from TeJahne Malone, but Alissa Tarsi (Clinton, N.J.) and Kimmel made back-to-back layups tipping the score back in favor of the Pioneers, 57-55. Epps again with under a minute evened the score at 57. Putting SHU back on top, Hickey found Tarsi in the paint making it 59-57 with 29 seconds remaining. Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) extended the Pioneers' lead to four points, 61-57, at the charity stripe, CCSU getting the ball back with just nine seconds to play, but were unable to convert it to points

Sacred Heart heads to Staten Island Saturday to take on the Wagner Seahawks at 1:00 p.m. before returning home on Monday, January 25 to host Mount St. Mary's at 7:00 p.m.

 

Noteworthy:

  • Kimmel recorded her seventh double-double of the season adding 11 rebounds to her game-leading 21 points
  • This is the Pioneers' first double overtime game in nearly two years with the last being the 2014 NEC Quarterfinal thriller against Saint Francis U
  • The win extends SHU's win streak to five games, marking its first five-game run since the 2012-13 season
 

Inside the Box:
CCSU seemed to dominate the Pioneers in the first half, winning the first two periods 17-12 and 17-11 respectively, but pushing their comeback, SHU held the Blue Devils to just seven points in both the third and fourth quarters while it went on to score 13 and 12 respectively to send the game into overtime

 

Turning Point:
The Pioneers held CCSU scoreless for the final 5:46 of the fourth period while going on a 10-point hot streak.  Getting the ball back on a jump ball call, Kimmel found Hickey on the inbound, taking a step towards the basket and banking in the shot, the junior evened the score at 48 with just 47 seconds left. The score held there until the final buzzer sending the game into overtime.

 

First Quarter:

  • The Pioneers got on the board first with a jumper from Tarsi, but CCSU was quick to answer as Kayla Miller got the and-one basket for a 3-2 lead
  • The teams exchanged the lead before Camden Musgrave went 1-for-2 from the free throw line sparking an 8-2 run for the Blue Devils, resulting in a 15-9 CCSU lead with 2:21 remaining in the opening period
  • Sacred Heart Head Coach Jessica Mannetti called a time out to draw up a play, in which Kimmel drained a three from the right wing, but Giocelis Reynoso held off the Pioneers answering with a layup giving the Blue Devils a 17-12 lead at the buzzer
 

Second Quarter:

  • Central Conn. St. opened second-quarter scoring with Nicole Ferguson's triple, but Kimmel quickly countered with one of her own before Musgrave added three more from downtown all within the first three minutes
  • After Musgrave's three at 7:25, neither team could manage a basket before the 5:00 media timeout
  • With 2:56 left in the half, Kimmel drained her fourth trey of the game cutting the Blue Devils' lead to four points, 27-23, but the Pioneers couldn't close the game by halftime as CCSU closed the half on a 7-0 streak owning a 34-23 lead going into the break
 

Third Quarter:

  • The teams traded baskets once again throughout most of the third period. With 3:30 remaining and the Blue Devils up by 11, 41-30, Kimmel laid one in sparking a six-point SHU run, which culminated with Tarsi's buzzer-beating layup
  • The short run cut into CCSU's lead making it 41-36 heading into the final stanza
 

Fourth Quarter:

  • CCSU help Sacred Heart scoreless through the first 3:30 of the period while opening the game with five straight points improving their lead back to 10 points, 46-36
  • With SHU down 48-38, Hickey landed her first basket of the game. Castro added three from downtown on the next possession minimizing CCSU's lead to five points, 48-43, before the 3:42 media timeout
  • Coming out of the short break, Kimmel added one from the charity stripe, getting the foul call right before. Two minutes later, while the Pioneers held CCSU scoreless, Kimmel found Tarsi under the basket to make it a two-point game, 48-46, with 1:40 left in regulation
  • Getting the ball back on a jump ball call, Kimmel found Hickey on the inbound, taking a step towards the basket and banking in the shot, the junior evened the score at 48 with jut 47 seconds left.
  • As the Pioneer defense pressured the Blue Devils on the game's possible final possession, Central Connecticut State Head Coach Beryl Piper called a timeout
  • With the Blue Devils unable to score and Hickey gobbling up the rebound, this time it was Mannetti's turn to call the TO to draw up a play, but like Piper's, it didn't end in a basket and to overtime the game went
 

OT Period 1:

  • Castro landed the first basket of overtime, hitting a three midway through the period. After the Blue Devils were held scoreless for over eight minutes combined in the fourth quarter and overtime, Miller finally found the basket for CCSU scoring a jumper in the paint bringing Central Conn. St. within one point
  • SHU held them there through the next two minutes, as Castro added two more points to the Pioneers' total making both her free throws with 10 seconds remaining on the clock
  • With the final seconds ticking off the clock, Epps threw up a desperation three, nailing the shot and tying the game at 53 with less than a second left forcing a second overtime
 

OT Period 2:

  • This time the Blue Devils struck first with a pair of foul shots from Malone, but Tarsi and Kimmel made back-to-back layups tipping the score back in favor of the Pioneers, 57-55
  • Epps again with under a minute evened the score at 57. Putting SHU back on top, Hickey found Tarsi in the paint making it 59-57 with 29 seconds remaining
  • Williams extended the Pioneers' lead to four points, 61-57, at the charity stripe, CCSU getting the ball back with just nine seconds to play, but were unable to convert it to points